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John Henry Days

John Henry Days
Author: Colson Whitehead
ISBN 13: 9780385498203
ISBN 10: 385498209
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Anchor
Publication Date: 2002-05-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 385
List Price: $15.95

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.

latimes.com - D. J. Carlile

This powerfully composed novel is likely to have a long and praiseworthy life, not unlike the legend from which it springs. And certainly no single review or reading can reckon its "variety and plenitude."