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Wolf Whistle av Lewis Nordan
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Wolf Whistle (utgåvan 1993)

av Lewis Nordan

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ALA Notable Book; 1994 Mississippi Writers Award for Fiction; 1994 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. In WOLF WHISTLE, Lewis Nordan unleashes the hellhounds of his prodigious imagination on one of the most notorious racial killings of the century, the Emmett Till murder. Soon we're on a magical mystery tour of the Southern psyche of the mid-1950s and the dawning of guilt and recognition in a whole generation of white Southerners. "An immense and wall-shattering display of talent. WOLF WHISTLE will help usher Lewis Nordan into the Hall of Fame of American Letters."--Randall Kenan, The Nation.… (mer)
Medlem:Proffitt
Titel:Wolf Whistle
Författare:Lewis Nordan
Info:Algonquin Books (1993), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 308 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Fiction

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Redneck order-keeping in the seg south. White trash history with a laugh or two as a black young man is killed. A tour of a poor-as-piss Mississippi delta town. ( )
  kerns222 | Aug 24, 2016 |
If I were to choose three words to describe Nordan's work, it would be haunting, hilarious, and tragic. Usually such elements are a recipe for disaster, or at the very least a digressive narrative train wreck , but Nordan seamlessly weaves together elements of humor and tragedy, the grotesque and absurd with verdant beauty. Wolf Whistle is a novel whose images will linger with you long after the reading has ended.

Wolf Whistle is based on the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, whose life was taken because he allegedly "wolf whistled" a white woman. This event would ultimately catalyze momentum for civil rights activism in the decade. Jordan sublimates this memory of the tragic event, which impacted his own childhood, into a collective meditation on the nature of Southern culture in the 1950s. Set in the fictional one horse town of Arrow Cather, Mississippi, no facet of society remains unexamined. Irony, satire and caricature are applied to all of his characters, except to Bobo, the murdered boy, who remains the pure and moral center of the novel. It is around Bobo's murder that the complex racial and cultural relations of this novel pivot. The murder reverberates through each character, no matter how major or minor. Each chapter oscillates from a different character's perspective/ reaction to the tragedy. In result, the reader is able to experience the true ethos of the era: the struggle of the white working class, intense racial segregation, the failings of the justice system, and of course, the cathartic power of the Blues.

In an interview with the author, Nordan states that his novel is ultimately "a serious story about death and grief and broken hearts" but that it exists on "a plane, sometimes comic, even burlesque, just askew of the real historical universe." And it is in his sensuous, evocative prose that we are taken into the surreal setting of the Delta, where elements of magical realism are melded with historical fact. By mythologizing this event, I believe the reader experiences the tragedy all the more profoundly. Nordan will truly be remembered by this haunting and remarkable piece. ( )
1 rösta Casey_Marie | Apr 27, 2015 |
Lewis Nordan works on the edge of magic. In Wolf Whistle the harsh reality of deeply ingrained racism and outright murder blends into fantasy and beauty and back again to real and ugly. In Arrow Catcher, Mississippi a black boy from Chicago named Bobo makes a weak and unsuccessful proposition to a wealthy white woman. She gives him a ride home to get him safely away from the scene of what she knows is considered a crime in the south.

Bobo turns up dead and two white suspects are put on trial, including the woman’s husband. That’s not the entire story. Nordan intertwines the lives of several of Arrow Catcher’s residents. Glenn Gregg is a nine year-old that severely burned himself trying to set his daddy, Solon, on fire. Alice, the new and innocently adulterous fourth grade teacher takes her students on a field trip to visit their burned classmate, as well as to the morgue, a sewage treatment plant and the murder trial. She’s still in love with an old college professor and although she feels almost like Jesus, being surrounded by children, she has “excellent reason to believe that Jesus never would in one million years have slept with a married man.”

Wolf Whistle combines the horrific with black humor and makes it sing. The blues of course, like Robert Johnson would. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jan 24, 2012 |
Good: the description and characterization were excellent. Everyone had their own believable backstory.
Bad: the plot didn't really go anywhere. It was more of a slice-of-life picture than a story.
Certainly worth reading, but I'm not sure I'll actively search out other books by Nordan. I'll be curious to see what the next person thinks of it. ( )
  melydia | Oct 28, 2009 |
Nordan's writing was masterful. A surreal look at the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till in Money, Mississippi led me, of course, to seek out some of the real facts. But the book itself, with it's unusual "magical" aspect (Till's 'demon eye' viewing the murder scene and his murderer) kept me anxious to finish reading the book. Comical scenes (the parrot in the courthouse, "Peter Skeeter", Sally Anne's purchase of feminine products at Red's Good Lookin Bar & Gro) juxtaposed with unexpected poignant ones (Solon--the 'bad' guy-and family playing wash tub music for the dying son) made this a fine book in spite of the depressing historical background of the Till lynching. This is a book I would have never chosen to read if not for the local library's program "Let's Talk About It" discussion funded by the N. C. Humanities Council. ( )
  patricia_poland | May 9, 2009 |
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ALA Notable Book; 1994 Mississippi Writers Award for Fiction; 1994 Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. In WOLF WHISTLE, Lewis Nordan unleashes the hellhounds of his prodigious imagination on one of the most notorious racial killings of the century, the Emmett Till murder. Soon we're on a magical mystery tour of the Southern psyche of the mid-1950s and the dawning of guilt and recognition in a whole generation of white Southerners. "An immense and wall-shattering display of talent. WOLF WHISTLE will help usher Lewis Nordan into the Hall of Fame of American Letters."--Randall Kenan, The Nation.

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