Description - Life And Loves Jiveass Nigger by Cecil Brown
Cecil Brown's "The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger" first appeared in 1969 to mixed, though often exuberant, reviews. The tale of a young black American poet sleeping his way around 1960s Copenhagen on a satirical quest to find his identity, this book deserves to be brought back into print, although it often walks a thin line between discomfiting hilarity and outright offensiveness.Most critics point to the novel's central character, George Washington, as the archetypal figure of the prodigal son who wanders far from home (to Europe in this case), wastes himself in riotous living, meets with adversity and misfortune, and resolves to return home where things are infinitely better than he had earlier supposed. Brown infuses new life into a predictable plot with an insistence on the importance of myth and storytelling, and with a narrative voice that bridges Ralph Ellison's comic elegance of the 1940s and 1950s with the comic bawdiness and perverseness of writers like Ishmael Reed, Clarence Major, and Percival Everett of subsequent decades.
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Author Biography - Cecil Brown
Cecil Brown holds a PhD in African American Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. His other books include Days Without Weather, Stagolee Shot Billy, and his autobiography, Coming Up Down Home. He lives in Berkeley. Foreword contributor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and holder of the distinguished title of the Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor at Harvard University.