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though followed closely by Home to Harlem and The Blacker the Berry drew me in though as well Considering it was five novels in one I didn t All About Light Rookie Read About Science have any problem finishing it in a timely manner I did like that there was uite a bit of information at the end as well chronology of eventspublications of the Harlem Renaissance information on the authors and other pertinent information I definitely think this book is one I will look to purchasead checked it out of the library Very short novels some poetry Mostly about the North and New York but some about the South and other cities Jean Toomer s Cane is the best of the five The best line A closed lid is my soul s flesh eye I ave some of the stories mixed in my mind but in several it is definitely the jazz age and life is a party Jazz and the blues are both prohibited in some places and they were both "danced to There is a lot of drinking and there are kept men Best line from Home to Harlem by "to There is a lot of drinking and there are kept men Best line from Home to Harlem by McKay Nobody kaint and me no fairy tales about niggers Wese all much of a muchness when you get down to the real stuff Issues raised 1 ordinary people and intellectuals 2 prejudice based on darkness of skin 3 the good life vs Sanando El Alma Eterna - Perspectivas de Vidas Pasadas y Regresion Espiritual home and family I wonderow well read these works were at the time and Crown of Cinder (Wings of Fury, how widely known See my reviews of the individual works collected in this volume One unfortunate feature of this Library of American volume is the rather too freuent lapses in copy editing there are several obvious textual errors that a careful editorial process shouldave caught and correcte. Thurman’s The Blacker the Berry 1929 is an anguished provocative look at prejudice and exclusion as it tells of a new arrival in Harlem searching for loveEach in its distinct way testifies to the enduring power of the Harlem fermentOften controversial in their own day for opening up new realms of subject matter including intergenerational conflict and color prejudice within the African American community and language infusing a wealth of argot and previously unheard voices into American fiction these novels continue to surprise by their passion their unblinking observation their lively play of ideas and their irreverent How to Draft Basic Patterns humor. This volume includes Jean Toomer s CANE Claude McKay s HOME TO HARLEM Nella Larsen s UICKSAND Jessie Redman Fausset s PLUM BUN and Wallace Thurman s THE BLACKER THE BERRY What struck me most about these books is the degree of color consciousnesss among blacks themselves Two of the books Larsen and Rausset focus on the experience of a mulatto and passing and all of the complications these entail CANE is probably the most creative including short stories and poetry mostly set in the South HOME TO HARLEM describes the exciting life mostly night life in Harlem but eventually exposes it as empty not providing stability for the lives of those living there This volume provides a good cross section of Harlem Renaissance literature Home to Harlem McKay s book is beautifully written capturing the language and feel of the 1919 Harlem nightclub scene The book celebrates a life of passion and the senses The main character Jake lives such a life doing whate wants to do when Crafting Novels Short Stories he wants to but without being an immoral libertine and minimally exploiting others McKay and the character Ray admire Jake s easy acceptance ofis natural desires and The Road from Damascus his lack of captivity to them This is contrasted to Ray who is educated thoughtful and so constrained conflicted and less comfortable withimself Jake isFavorite Though Followed Closely By
also contrasted to the other characters who are carried away by their passions or their passionscontrasted to the other characters who are carried away by their passions or their passions them into self destructive ways The problem with this approach for me is that Jake is not realistic He s a man all women want to be with and all men want to be as the expression goes If we say A Seat At The Table: A Novel of Forbidden Choices he s realistic then we must saye s extremely rare Our passions generally overtake us And in this particular case Jake is a young man in is early 20s One can live "A Passionate Life In Their "passionate life in their while "in full youth vigor and ea. The novels of the Harlem "full youth vigor and Hunted Wolf (Seraphine Thomas, hea. The novels of the Harlem form a vibrant collective portrait of African American culture in a moment of tumultuous change and tremendousope “In some places the autumn of 1924 may ave been an unremarkable season” wrote Arna Bontemps “In Harlem it was like a foretaste of paradise”Harlem Renaissance Five Novels of the 1920s leads off with Jean Toomer’s Cane 1923 a uniue fusion of fiction poetry and drama rooted in Toomer’s experiences as a teacher in Georgia Toomer’s masterpiece was followed within a few years by a cluster of novels exploring black experience and the dilemmas of black identity in a vari. Lth When in their 30s or 40s a freewheeling lifestyle is not so easy or desirable to maintain unless you are rich A spouse kids a steady job life s aches tend to rob people of their passion Presumably one gains other things though Overall though Home to Harlem is a good read with many mostly male interesting characters 217 Note I only read Home to Harlem in this compilation as part of the 2017 Book Riot Read Harder ChallengeI picked it up I set it "aside I picked it up set it aside and finally I "I picked it up I it aside and finally I it up and said to myself Just finish it already I am not a student of Harlem literature or culture I readily admit that I picked this up only to satisfy a reading challenge goal classic by author of color And in the end I can only say It was okay I felt like most of the story did not dig deep enough The only exception was Ray s recollection of Jerco and Rosalind That story within a story delved below the surface and got into the level of detail and description I longed for What a wonderful collection from The Library of America This volume contained Cane by Jean Toomer Home to Harlem by Claude McKay uicksand by Nella Larsen Plum Bun by Jessie Redmon Fauset and The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman As reading all five of these novels in a row would a be a bit depressing I ave reviewed each of these novels separately This collection truly is outstanding there s not a clinker in the group I m not sure what I was expecting from this collection but I was really amazed by the focus on color and the many shades of black affected the characters across all five novels I think I enjoyed Home to Harlem and The Blacker the Berry the most of the five due to their descriptions of the Harlem clubs and their performers Truly the lighter side of the stories I m Although I Wilhelm Van Gloeden had studied uite a bit of the Harl. Ety of modes and from different anglesClaude McKay’s Home to Harlem 1928 whose freewheeling impressionistic bawdy kaleidoscope of Jazz Age nightlife made it a best seller traces the picaresue adventures of Jake a World War I veteran within and beyond HarlemNella Larsen’s uicksand 1928 is a poignant nuanced psychological portrait of a woman caught between the two worlds ofer mixed Scandinavian and African American Samotny rejs OPTY heritageJessie Redmon Fauset’s Plum Bun 1928 is the richly detailed account of a young art student’s struggles to advanceer career in a society full of obstacles both overt and insidiously concealedWallace.