Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
One World, 1996 - Literary Collections - 922 pages
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION...
The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies".
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion". In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays.
Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity.
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It was the same hot sweetness that kissed him late at night sometimes while he
was dreaming. ("Leave him alone. You gonna wake him up, you drunken fool.")
He bobbed up and down on Daddy's shoulder, the water getting closer.
I moved in and kissed her without hesitation. Pretty long and with tongues. "You'
re a better kisser than I thought." "Teach me to be better." I kissed her again. "Not
here, this is your own sister's bed." "Exactly." "You're sick." "I know." "I've got to go
She kissed me good night and crept away and up. Still, I went to bed more happy
than confused. Yesterday we spent the Whole day walking around New Haven. I
took her to the British Art Collection and we made fun of the ugly old paintings ...
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The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review