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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ralph Ellison Narrator: Joe Morton Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From Ralph Ellison - author of the classic novel of African-American experience, Invisible Man - the long-awaited second novel. Here is the master of American vernacular - the rhythms of jazz and gospel and ordinary speech - at the height of his powers, telling a powerful, evocative tale of a prodigal of the twentieth century.

Tell me what happened while there's still time, demands the dying Senator Adam Sunraider to the itinerate Negro preacher whom he calls Daddy Hickman. As a young man, Sunraider was Bliss, an orphan taken in by Hickman and raised to be a preacher like himself. Bliss's history encompasses the joys of young southern boyhood; bucolic days as a filmmaker, lovemaking in a field in the Oklahoma sun. And behind it all lies a mystery: how did this chosen child become the man who would deny everything to achieve his goals? Brilliantly crafted, moving, wise, Juneteenth is the work of an American master.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Janne | 2/20/2014

    " I loved the story and the language in this book; but I must admit the the sermons were too numerous and got me wanting to skip pages....... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sonya | 2/13/2014

    " I wish ralph ellison had had time to finish this. It kind of reminds me of the movie AI. You know Kubrick had a vision for the film, but then he died, and then these other people came in and tried to piece together his vision as best they could. Juneteenth has so much that is good in it, but it is a bit confused, it reads as tho it is not finished. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Frank | 2/4/2014

    " absolutely beautiful writing. his discussions of race and democracy set the book apart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ryan | 1/30/2014

    " It is unfortunate that Ellison was unable to complete this novel. Invisible Man remains my favorite novel of all time because of the ease with which Ellison navigates such tricky and complex topics. Here, thematically there is much of the same: race, identity, religion, and politics, but Ellison approaches these subjects in a much different way. This is largely third-person (although the novel is constantly shifting) and because of that there is a new distance here. Also, there is no cohesion to the story at all; oftentimes there are italicized monologues, missing punctuation, etc. that really knocks me off track. There is no doubt in my mind that had Ellison finished this, it would have been a masterpiece. Nevertheless, it stands as a posthumous salute to an intriguing literary figure. "

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