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PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

New York Times Book Review Editors Choice

“Funny and wise and sumptuously written . . . compelling.” —Jonathan Franzen, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

The introduction, discussion questions, suggested reading list, and author biography that follow are intended to enhance your groups discussion of Colson Whiteheads critically acclaimed new novel, John Henry Days.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385498203
Author:
Whitehead, Colson
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
West virginia
Subject:
John henry
Subject:
African American journalists
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
39
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.10x5.16x.83 in. .66 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9780385498203 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "John Henry Days is daring, nervy, knowing, and smart. Like [DeLillo's] Underworld, it is a bristle of bricolage; but unlike that book, it gives off, despite its bulk, a curious fear of longevity, of entanglement. Its mode is generally filmic ? the rapidity of cutting seems more important than the depth of scenes, as if Whitehead were continually saying to himself, "Keep it moving, keep it moving!" (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "John Henry Days is funny and wise and sumptuously written....Again and again, you hit passages of wry and largehearted descriptive prose that are the clearest measure of Whitehead's achievement and promise as a writer."
"Synopsis" by , Colson Whiteheads eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level its the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.
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