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e-Book Darktown Strutters download

e-Book Darktown Strutters download

by Wesley Brown

ISBN: 0943433118
ISBN13: 978-0943433110
Language: English
Publisher: Cane Hill Pr; 1st edition (March 1, 1994)
Pages: 224
Category: Action and Adventure
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.5
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Darktown Strutters cuts to the cruel center of American racialism.

Darktown Strutters cuts to the cruel center of American racialism. Wesley Brown's traveling minstrel show is where the symbolism of skin color establishes public meaning and private identity the way a funhouse mirror measures height and weight. Like Melville's The Confidence Man, this is a scary book, and mordantly funny, too. We all look ridiculous in it and, sad to say, instantly recognizable.

Darktown strutters : a novel. by. Brown, Wesley, 1945-. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Rice, Tom, 1808-1860, Minstrel shows, Blackface entertainers, African American entertainers, Race relations. Uploaded by MerciG on October 12, 2010. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

Darktown Strutters book. Darktown Strutters is the story of Jim Crow, a remarkable dancer, born in slavery, who performs in minstrel shows, South and North, during the furious times of pre- and post- Civil War America. Touching, harrowing, and inspiring, Darktown Strutters is a unique novel of courage and pride from the author of Tragic Magic.

Wesley Brown is an American writer, playwright, and professor. He is best known for his books Tragic Magic and Darktown Strutters. Kirkus wrote that Brown's "sentences end in unexpected pretzels, they blurt and croon; his gift is improvisatory and brassy.

Darktown Strutters is the story of Jim Crow, a remarkable dancer, born in slavery, who performs in minstrel shows, South and North, during the furious times of pre- and post- Civil War America.

This is why Wesley Brown's novel Darktown Strutters, an often profound . Darktown Strutters cuts to the cruel center of American racialism.

Written in the surreal spirit of minstrelsy itself, peppered with wit and lancing dialogue, Darktown Strutters is a novel of ideas devoted to exploring the complex fate of black and white Americans caught, as ever, in a racial history they can neither surmount nor escape.

BROWN, Wesley Nationality: American. Born: New York, New York, 23 May 1945. Education: Oswego State University, . Publications Novels Tragic Magic. New York, Random House, 1978. New York, Cane Hill Press, 1994. Updated Media sources (1) About encyclopedia. 1/1. Brown, Wesley 1945–. Writer Wesley Brown initially came to prominence with the publication of his first novel, Tragic Magic, in 1978.

Darktown Strutters is a 1975 blaxploitation film from New World Pictures. Trina Parks as Syreena

Darktown Strutters is a 1975 blaxploitation film from New World Pictures. Trina Parks as Syreena. Edna Richardson as Carmen. Bettye Sweet as Miranda. Shirley Washington as Theda. Roger E. Mosley as Mellow. Christopher Joy as Wired. Stan Shaw as Raunchy. DeWayne Jessie as . Norman Bartold as Commander Cross. Dick Miller as Officer Hugo. Milt Kogan as Officer Babel.

DARKTOWN STRUTTERS By Wesley Brown. 224 pp. New York: Cane Hill Press

DARKTOWN STRUTTERS By Wesley Brown. New York: Cane Hill Press. IN 1955, C. Vann Woodward published "The Strange Career of Jim Crow," a ground-breaking book that examined the complex evolution of racism in the South after the Civil War. The strangeness of Mr. Woodward's story pales beside "Darktown Strutters," the novel Wesley Brown has woven around Jim Crow. Mr. Brown has given that name to a Kentucky slave whose dancing feet unleash all sorts of wild impulses in his audiences. Freewheeling is the only way to describe Mr. Brown's use of the.

Darktown Strutters is the story of Jim Crow, a remarkable dancer, born in slavery, who performs in minstrel shows, South and North, during the furious times of pre- and post- Civil War America. Touching, harrowing, and inspiring,Darktown Strutters is a unique novel of courage and pride from the author of Tragic Magic.
Comments:
wanderpool
For a novel that's practically a classic, it's actually a great read! You go deep into the belly of the black experience before, during and after the Civil War. The cast of characters Jim meets along the travels of his showbiz life are rich and varied. The book will remind many readers of the adventures of Huck Finn. However, it takes a dark Puddinhead Wilson twist. This hurts it slightly, in my opinion, but still doesn't knock the novel off its lofty perch as a very funny, deeply moving and totally rewarding book.

Frdi
When I met Wesley Brown in 1998, I was a college student and the professor of a class I was taking (who was friends with Professor Brown) was able to convince him to visit the class (The Black Novel) so we could ask him questions about Darktown Strutters. It was the kinda thing where we absolutely HAD to read the book, lest we embarrass our professor and get him ticked off at us. Fearing a possible bad grade, then, I obviously read the entire book. But I really enjoyed it. The book is valuable for many reasons, but two distinct things I liked were: (a) its historical accuracy and clarity with respect to Jim Crow laws and the advent of Vaudeville, and (b) the "your momma"-style, sharp street barbs traded back and forth by the characters.

Folsa
Contrary to what other reviewers have previously stated, the novel is not a modern Huckleberry Finn. It is a far cry from Twain's masterpiece! Twain's diction was on a whole other level compared to what is given here, which at times seems scatter-brained, fragmented and uninspired. The interaction between the characters is so choppy, remote and two-dimensional that each character reads like a poor photostatic copy of every other character. Female characters could just as well be male characters and vice versa. Other than physical characteristics, there's no definable qualities that explicitly separates antagonist from protagonist. In short, character interaction reads like a 300-page blur.

What's worse is the author's attempt to engage in both existentialist philosophy and social commentary from a 19th-century Negro perspective which happens to sound like reflective yet worn-out postmodernist musings. While the postulates seem valid, the manner in which they are presented is mushmouthed and generally incoherent. It seems that the author couldn't quite find the right words to put into the mouths of his characters in order to convey his own message while having the characters sound historically credible.

It's apparent that the author has a long way to come in his storytelling abilities. There's a great plot beneath the surface of what is otherwise a poorly executed novel.

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