If He Hollers Let Him Go

If He Hollers Let Him Go

A Novel

Paperback - 2002
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A powerful story of racism that's as pertinent today as when the book was first published
This story of a man living every day in fear of his life for simply being black is as powerful today as it was when it was first published in 1947. The novel takes place in the space of four days in the life of Bob Jones, a black man who is constantly plagued by the effects of racism. Living in a society that is drenched in race consciousness has no doubt taken a toll on the way Jones behaves, thinks, and feels, especially when, at the end of his story, he is accused of a brutal crime he did not commit. "One of the most important American writers of the twentieth century ... [a] quirky American genius..."-Walter Mosley, author of Bad Boy Brawly Brown, Devil in a Blue Dress "If He Hollers is an austere and concentrated study of black experience, set in southern California in the early forties."-Independent Publisher
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, c2002.
ISBN: 9781560254454
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: xx, 203 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Als, Hilton


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Dec 15, 2013

Chester Himes is best know for his series of hardboiled Harlem novels starring the awesomely named detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed. He also wrote novel that were in line with the social protest/black consciousness writings of contemporaries Richard Wright and James Baldwin, both of whom he was friends with. This is a worthy addition to that company.


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