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Posted March 7, 2003
Home with Ralph Ellison
Ralph Ellison's 'Flying Home and Other Stories' apparently is the first posthumous collection to be published by his estate. And it is a remarkable collection at that. There are thirteen stories here, six of which had never been published before. The editor, Professor John F. Callahan, did a fine job at choosing the stories to be included, and he describes the fascinating selection process in the book's introduction. Professor Callahan includes three early Buster-and-Riley stories which inspired me to write my short story, 'Los Angeles, 1970' (Outsider Ink at: http://outsidermedia.com/00/spring/olivas.html). The Buster-and-Riley stories capture the wonderful and lively banter between the two boys while showing how the racism of the real world touches and affects their childhood. There is also 'A Party Down at the Square' which is a chilling story told in the first person by a white boy who witnesses the burning of an African-American man. Each story is well-crafted and powerful in its understatement. Ellison's graceful and evocative language paints a picture of human strength and frailty with the same honest, unflinching brush. Though he is best remembered for his novel, 'Invisible Man,' this collection demonstrates that he was also a brilliant craftsman of the short story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 19, 2001
One of the most important writers of the 20th C.
Ralph Ellison has the great gift to tell a simple tale and fill it with such myriad emotions that one is left amazed...A delicious writer who weaves the period of 1930's and 50's with great delicacy and detail.. One is feed well by each short story..A great adventure.. Read the other reviews for more detail... I could not put this book down; Ellison is a jewel in the literary world!! BN.com is selling the hard back for $4.98 buy a copy for yourself, for your child, for your family and friends,for your child's school library.. A must for anyone's library..Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.