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Posted July 18, 2007
This seems like a book you would read in a college english class. I like the book. I recommended that young readers read it. It is not bad, it reminds me of what's going on in the world right now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2001
ISHMAEL REED'S MAGNUM OPUS
Mr. Reed's 1st, strongest and most profound work... Although it's clearly rooted in the late 60s, some of The Free-Lance Pallbearers has yet to come about just as some of it is yet to be written...FLP somehow re-writes itself with each reading. Each time I have revisited this book since it was originally published I have found something new and unexpected. A dense, dark and comic work. (Mr. Reed's choice of the epigraph by Elias Canetti alone is worth the price of admission..you an imagine what follows..) The satire is insanely biting. You can see the roots of some of the avant garde film comedy of the 60s and 70s trailing out after this work (e.g., Greasers Palace). Too profound and introspective for irony with a unique wit less mordant than Burroughs, his fellow gazer into the maelstrom.. Why Spike Lee or Terry Gilliam hasn't picked this one up yet I can't imagine...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.