I recently finished reading "Hunting in Harlem"
by Mat Johnson
. It was
the March selection for my reading group. The book was released in 2004
. Don't ask me why we are just now getting around to reading this book
... The group was first introduced to Johnson when we read his debut novel "Drop"
book was a riot
. I don't recall the details, but I remember laughing - alot
! We loved
Anyway, "Hunting in Harlem"
is an interesting title
and an even more interesting book. Though interesting seems such an inappropriate word
to describe this novel. How about that book
cover ... ? A bit eerie
, yet fitting.
It was the plot
that I relished - mostly for its inventiveness. I am, however, reluctant to give away
the details because I don't read book jackets and I don't like when the crux
of the storyline is given away. Let's just
say the story was well crafted; not really predictable and had a good amount of humor tucked away. Johnson
clearly knows how to poke
fun at Black American society; though in my opinion, that's not too hard to do. Johnson just does so in such a searing
way that sometimes (well, maybe just once), I was actually afraid
to laugh. Huuummmm, seems I failed to mention that Johnson won a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
for "Hunting in Harlem". Good stuff.
Well, Johnson has a new book out - "The Great Negro Plot: A Tale of Conspiracy and Murder in Eighteenth-Century New York"
. I am on the fence
about this one because I 'read' that it is historical fiction ... Something about that classification just does not sit
well with me; I think I want it to be either or and not both
; I want to be able to separate fact from fiction. Anyway, while I did like the last historical fiction that I read - "The Known World"
by Edward P. Jones
, I'm just iffy
about the category in general. But at 160 pages, I should not balk
at reading Johnson's newest book because with my schedule, I could read it over a three-day weekend ...
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