If He Hollers Let Him Go

If He Hollers Let Him Go

Book - 1986
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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
ISBN: 9781560250975
Characteristics: ix, 203 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 15, 2013

Chester Himes is best know for his series of hardboiled Harlem novels starring the awesomely named detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed. He also wrote novel that were in line with the social protest/black consciousness writings of contemporaries Richard Wright and James Baldwin, both of whom he was friends with. This is a worthy addition to that company.


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