John Henry Days

Kobo ebook | June 3, 2009

byColson Whitehead

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From the bestselling author of The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead’s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.


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From the bestselling author of The Underground RailroadColson Whitehead’s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged bl...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 3, 2009Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307486672

ISBN - 13:9780307486677

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Destined to be a Classic Colson Whitehead, for whatever reason, has not become a literary sensation...yet. He will be as his writing is simply too good for recognition on a wider-scale to not happen. This is his best novel so far. The story is a great one and his rendering of it and style are equally impressive. I'm taking it along to Mexico for our upcoming vacation as a 'backup' in case my other selections don't measure up. I'm not one for re-reading books (too many good novels, not enough time) but I will make an exception for this one - it's that good!
Date published: 2008-11-28