The Reed Reader

The Reed Reader

by Ishmael Reed


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The Reed Reader by Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed has been described as cavorting "like a black bull in the china shop of Western culture," and The Reed Reader is a collection of the sharp, jagged results of his rampage. In it, one of the most renowned African American writers offers a generous sampling of the brilliant and witty satire, the politically charged, wildly imaginative storytelling, and the caustic cultural criticism that have become his trademarks. In these excerpts from his celebrated novels, poems, plays, and essays, Reed displays an ironic wit, a cold, keen eye for economic exploitation, a hilarious sense of the absurd, and a slender but persistent optimism for the determined souls who transcend their environment and penetrate illusions by daring acts of will. The Reed Reader is the cumulative representation of an astonishing career, a powerful testament to Reed's many and enormous literary gifts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465068944
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 04/13/2001
Pages: 524
Product dimensions: 6.11(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.36(d)

About the Author

Ishmael Reed is the award-winning author of nine novels, plus numerous books of poetry, essays, plays, and an opera libretto. He lives in Oakland, California.

Table of Contents

from The Free-Lance Pallbearers3
from yellow Back Radio Broke-Down17
from Mumbo Jumbo31
from The Last Days of Louisiana Red59
from Flight to Canada69
from The Terrible Twos91
from Reckless Eyeballing111
from The Terrible Threes133
from Japanese by Spring151
Airing Dirty Laundry179
God Made Alaska for the Indians203
300 Years of 1984235
Bigger and O.J.247
Soyinka Among the Monoculturalists267
Eldridge Cleaver273
The Fourth Ali281
Shrovetide in Old New Orleans305
Hubba City425
The Preacher and the Rapper457

What People are Saying About This

Terry McMillan

From the Author of How Stella Got Her Groove Backand Waiting to Exhale

Ishmael Reed is a genius and one of our most gifted and brilliant satirists, and his fiction, non-fiction, and poetry alike resurrects the dead. Much can be learned reading his work, which stands the test of time.

Jill Nelson

From the Author of Straight No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-Up Black Woman

Ishamel Reed has elevated American satire to a new level, one that Mark Twain would appreciate. The sweep of his work has both grandeur and genius, and even when you disagree with him, he has you laughing, often at yourself. His always provocative writing has humanity, humor, power, and vision. A true original.

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