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(02/20/2008) Lonely Crusade by Chester Himes. London. 1950. Falcon Press. keywords: Literature Black America. 402 pages. Cover design by A. H. Eisner.

Chester Himes - his writing can be brutal, but it is unrelentingly honest.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   This is the second novel by Chester Himes to be published by the Falcon Press. This is what the critics said of his earlier book, IF HE HOLLERS LET HIM GO: 'Mr. Chester Himes writes of his own race, the negroes of the Los Angeles district, and he succeeds in filling his story with more stark brutality and emotional violence than any other treatment of the theme I have read. ' - Sunday Times. The mercilessness and savagery of a born fiction writer show us the faults on both sides. This is a partisan book but written with enough generosity for it to play upon the spiritual values of every reader. ' - Daily Express. Himes maintains his high standard in his new book and we cannot do better than quote the critics once more. This is what the New Yorker wrote of LONELY CRUSADE: 'A bitter story about a thoughtful young negro who becomes a union organizer at a West Coast airplane factory during the recent war. Unlike most novels that explore the difficulties of the black man, this one does not stack the cards too obviously against the hero; the union members cultivate him for political purposes, and his employer is friendly to Communists. The tragedy of this particular man is a psychological one--a growing despair over being black, which hamstrings him in every human relationship.' 

 

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