If He Hollers Let Him GoBook - 1986
When If He Hollers Let Him Go was first published in 1945 it was not well received. Some critics dismissed it as a "protest" novel & cheap paperback publishers exploited it, emphasizing the sensational aspects of interracial sex in the book. However, with this reprinting & the overall resurgence of Chester Himes's work, If He Hollers is now recognized as the literary diamond that it is, & a true reflection of the harsh truths of black life in America during the 1940s. If He Hollers Let Him Go is written through the eyes of Bob Jones, a young black man working in the defense industry in Los Angeles during World War II. During the highly compressed four-day span of this story, Jones loses his job, his girl, & his army deferment; he is falsely accused of raping a white woman & that forces him to enlist to avoid jail. Related in the hard-boiled, tough-guy style of 1930s & '40s detective novels, & driven by racial antagonism, If He Hollers is powerful blend of history & fiction. Chester Himes is also the author of Lonely Crusade, The Big Gold Dream, All Shot Up, & numerous other novels, short stories, & essays.
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press : Distributed by Persea Books, c1986
Characteristics: ix, 203 p. ; 22 cm