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Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



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Brilliantly portrayed by a novelist with "a talent for hyperbole and downright yarning unequaled since Mark Twain", (Saturday Review), this slave's-eye view of the Civil War exposes America's racial foibles of the past and present with uninhibited humor and panache.

Mixing history, fantasy, political reality, and comedy, Ishmael Reed spins the tale of three runaway slaves and the master determined to catch them. His on-target parody of fugitive slave narratives and other literary forms includes a hero who boards a jet bound for Canada; Abraham Lincoln waltzing through slave quarters to the tune of "Hello, Dolly"; and a plantation mistress entranced by TV's "Beecher Hour". Filled with insights into the political consciences (or lack thereof) of both blacks and whites, Flight to Canada confirms Reed's status as "a great writer" (James Baldwin).

"A demonized Uncle Tom's Cabin, a book that reinvents the particulars of slavery in America with comic rage". — The New York Times Book Review

"Wears the mantle of Baldwin and Ellison like a high-powered Flip Wilson in drag...a terrifically funny book". — Baltimore Sun

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ISBN:
9780684847504
Author:
Reed, Ishmael
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Adventure
Subject:
Fugitive slaves
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 91-3
Publication Date:
19980631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 5.95 oz

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