Pym

Pym

A Novel

eBook - 2011
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A comic journey into the ultimate land of whiteness by an unlikely band of African American adventurers. Jaynes is obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe's only novel ; when he discovers a crude slave narrative that seems to confirm the reality of Poe's fiction, he resolves to seek out Tsalal, imagining it to be a key to his personal salvation.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679603825
0679603824
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

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crkrouse Jul 05, 2013

This is a sly examination of whiteness, blackness, insanity and bondage, presented in the form of a semi-sci-fi narrative. As a 75-year-old white female, I did not relate at first to the 30-something mixed-race male narrator, but once the story moved beyond the first 40 pages, and dropped much of its jive talk, the events kept me reading. I'm not sure the jive talk served any positive function other than establishing the narrator's street creds.

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Lucchesa
Feb 27, 2013

This was our book club selection in February and was roundly enjoyed by all, besides providing lots of meat for discussion. It's a spot-on academic satire, a bizarre adventure story, and a meditation on race in America.

debwalker Mar 06, 2011

Johnson plays with the premise of Edgar Allan Poe's only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Poe's novel was a "master text of anxious white fright," says Maureen Corrigan, and Johnson's clever book shines new light on the material.

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