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Campus Circle, 10/10/13
Bob Jones's story is a simple one told in clear, direct prose. All Bob wants is "to be accepted as a man—without ambition, without distlnction, either of race, creed, or color." But in the 1940s and 1950s, nothing was simple between blacks and whites. Bob quickly finds himself losing his hopes and ambitions as he is crushed beneath the weight of racism and discrimination. His life spins out of control until he hates everyone around him: the blacks fbr being powerless to change their lives; the whites for taking advantage of them. Bob Jones is every black man at that time, who was, every day, walking a tightrope of racial tension, except Bob falls, pushed by a loose blonde who kissed him, then framed him on a rape charge.
If He Hollers Let Him Go is a masterpiece for its bitter and honest portrayal of the life of a normal black man in America, and it speaks to any person who has felt, at some time or other, that the or she has had enough abuse on account of the color of their skin. Himes demonstrated in the person of Bob Jones that one of the most critical rights that black people have been denied is the right to just live their lives unbothered and unmolested and to follow their impulses and desires with no greater reward or punishment than nature's laws of cause and effect.
The indignity of it, the gutting of my pride, what a nigger had to take just to keep on living in this goddamned world. The cold scared feeling started damping down on me; it nailed me to my seat, weak and black and powerless.
Posted February 21, 2003
This book is fantastic. It tells about how hard it is for the black man living in the white man's world and it is still relevant today. The man can write. Old school flava.
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I'm a white woman struggling to remove the veil of prejudice that I acquired over the years of growing up in a rural mid-western town and too many years of exposure to mass media and "white-washed" K-12 textbooks. This is an excellent novel by an African-American author living and writing about life in the U.S. during World War II. It is excellent. Reviewed and recommended by my niece, a 24-year-old, bi-lingual 5th year college student. This is a story about the honor, integrity, intelligence and insight of some humankind. It's about struggle and resiliency, and honor.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2009
This is a very down-to-earth book. This novel illustrates the emotions that go along with racism in a relatable way that all races can understand. The novel also focuses on several types of people: the blacks who hate white people, the blacks who want to be white people, and the various degrees of racist white people, from those who don't mind dealing with black people to those who would beat a black person to death in an instant.
The book is interesting because it leaves no one 'right.' Every character's stance on the issue of racism is challenged in this book and, in turn, so are its audience's. Reading this book will leave you thinking about your own biases and lifestyle, definitely.
The plot is fair and cohesive. None of the plot's movement felt forced, except for one (It becomes insignificant very soon after it happens). The point of the book is really the racial issues, though.
All in all, this book will make you feel for Bob Jones, the main character, and you will learn something about yourself, too.