Oxherding Tale: A Novel by Charles JohnsonOxherding Tale: A Novel by Charles Johnson

Oxherding Tale: A Novel

byCharles Johnson

Paperback | February 8, 2005

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One night in the antebellum South, a slave owner and his African-American butler stay up to all hours until, too drunk to face their wives, they switch places in each other''s beds. The result is a hilarious imbroglio and an offspring -- Andrew Hawkins, whose life becomes Oxherding Tale.
Through sexual escapades, picaresque adventures, and philosophical inquiry, Hawkins navigates white and black worlds and comments wryly on human nature along the way. Told with pure genius, Oxherding Tale is a deliciously funny, bitterly ironic account of slavery, racism, and the human spirit; and it reveals the author as a great talent with even greater humanity.
Title:Oxherding Tale: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:208 pages, 8 X 5.25 X 0.6 inPublished:February 8, 2005Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0743264495

ISBN - 13:9780743264495

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Editorial Reviews

"A wonderfully funny, erotic, bittersweet story....Johnson presents a fable about racial difference and...[he] doesn''t make light of the load, but makes the burden of its telling sweeter with Dickensian twists of plot and with outrageous characters.
-- Chicago Sun-Times