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Book Title: The Collected Stories of Chester Himes|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 479 KB
v The author of the book: Chester Himes
Edition: Da Capo Press
Date of issue: January 21st 1993
ISBN 13: 9781560250210
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Read full description of the books The Collected Stories of Chester Himes:I enjoyed this huge compilation of short works by Chester Himes but I didn't love it. The collection can roughly be divided in thirds, with the first-third being my favorite. The first third showcases some great snapshots of Black American life during World War II, descriptive and evocative of early 20th Century Los Angeles.
The second third consists of prison stories, each one longer than the other and I got bored after awhile because of their narrow scope.
The final third displays a free-form style of writing, i.e. one story analyzes a minister's sermon complete with country inflections. Another one probed the inner workings of a drunken black writer's mind. That group was even more boring than the prison tales.
If there was a standalone comp of just the wartime Los Angeles stories I would have given this five stars, and that's it.
Read information about the authorChester Bomar Himes began writing in the early 1930s while serving a prison sentence for armed robbery. From there, he produced short stories for periodicals such as Esquire and Abbott's Monthly. When released, he focussed on semi-autobiographical protest novels.
In 1953, Himes emigrated to France, where he was approached by Marcel Duhamel of Gallimard to write a detective series for Série Noire, which had published works from the likes of Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Jim Thompson. Himes would be the first black author included in the series. The resulting Harlem Cycle gained him celebrity when he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière for La Reine des Pommes (now known in English as A Rage in Harlem) in 1958. Three of these novels have been adapted into movies: Cotton Comes to Harlem, directed by Ossie Davis in 1970; Come Back, Charleston Blue (based on The Heat's On) in 1972; and A Rage in Harlem, starring Gregory Hines and Danny Glover in 1991.
In 1968, Himes moved to Spain where he made his home until his death.
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