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John Henry Days
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground RailroadColson Whitehead's triumphant 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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Colson Whitehead. (2009). John Henry Days. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Colson Whitehead. 2009. John Henry Days. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2009.

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Colson Whitehead. John Henry Days. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2009. Web.

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      • source: San Francisco Chronicle
      • content: "Magical... [The Intuitionist] ranks alongside Catch-22, V, The Bluest Eye, and other groundbreaking first novels... Whitehead shares Heller's sense of the absurd, Pynchon's operatic expansiveness, and Morrison's deconstruction of race and racism."
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      • content: "An homage to the power of a writer's imagination."
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      • content: "Whitehead's writing is dazzling."
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      • content: "The freshest racial allegory since Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye."
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      • content: "Brilliant... Whitehead carves out an exclusive space for himself in America's literary canon."
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        Death knells toll alike at the dawn of the machine age and the digital age, proclaiming an exhausted general collapse in this impressive, multilayered second novel by Whitehead (The Intuitionist
        ). Seizing on the story of American folk hero John Henry, the black railroad worker who beat a steam drill in a one-on-one contest and died in the act, Whitehead juxtaposes it with the soulless saga of 21st-century freelance writer J. Sutter, member of a junketeering tribe whose mores and speech are rendered with anthropological enthusiasm. J. and his fellow junketeers—notably Dave Brown, a former gonzo Rolling Stone
        journalist whose best days were in the late '60s, and jittery One Eye, whose paranoia infects J.—descend on Talcott, W.Va., John Henry's supposed resting ground, to report on the U.S. Postal Service's release of a commemorative John Henry stamp. They coincide there with Pamela Street, the daughter of a deceased John Henry obsessive who opened a mad private museum in Harlem to celebrate the man, and Alphonse Miggs, a collector specializing in train stamps, whose secret agenda involves his newly purchased pistol. The debased countercultural cynicism of the junketeers, J.'s compulsive collection of factoids and receipts to fuel the print media machine, and the warped nostalgic longings of Pamela and Alphonse are funneled into a tornado-like narrative storm, bits and pieces of the John Henry myth spinning in the updraft. Whitehead (recipient of a 2000 Whiting Writers' Award) has the early DeLillo's sense for the sinister underside of Americana, combined with historical consciousness of the African-American middle-class in the post–civil rights era. Smart, learned and soaringly ambitious, his second novel consolidates his position as one of the leading writers of serious fiction of his generation. (May 15)Forecast:Strong reviews, word-of-mouth, a national reading tour and comparisons to DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen and other writers of novels on the large scale (perhaps by the junketeer manufacturers of buzz Whitehead captures so ably—but that's only appropriate) will do much for this important, deserving work.

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