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.
A generous selection from the playful, irreverent, and controversial work of Ishmael Reed, one of the greatest African American writers
New York Times
Reed's prose style resembles the youthful Ali's ring style. It is unorthodox, brash, yet controlled.
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Title: The Reed Reader
Author: Ishmael Reed
Publisher: Basic Books
Date Published: April 2001
Table of Contents:
|from The Free-Lance Pallbearers||3|
|from yellow Back Radio Broke-Down||17|
|from Mumbo Jumbo||31|
|from The Last Days of Louisiana Red||59|
|from Flight to Canada||69|
|from The Terrible Twos||91|
|from Reckless Eyeballing||111|
|from The Terrible Threes||133|
|from Japanese by Spring||151|
|Airing Dirty Laundry||179|
|God Made Alaska for the Indians||203|
|300 Years of 1984||235|
|Bigger and O.J.||247|
|Soyinka Among the Monoculturalists||267|
|The Fourth Ali||281|
|Shrovetide in Old New Orleans||305|
|The Preacher and the Rapper||457|
Baltimore SunReedwears the mantle of Baldwin and Ellison like a high-powered Flip Wilson in drag.
NationThe brightest contributor to American satire since Mark Twain.
New York Times Book ReviewReed's prose style resembles the youthful Ali's ring style. It is unorthodox, brash, yet controlled.
News and ObserverOf all the writers who have followed Jonathan Swift's tradition, Ishmael Reed might be the best and most faithful…The Reed Reader dispels at last the lingering, antiquated notion that all black writers are attracted to the same subjects or share a similar worldview. His only loyalty is to his own, rich, imagination.
New York TimesReed's prose style resembles the youthful Ali's ring style. It is unorthodox, brash, yet controlled.
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