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by Chester Himes

  • Author: Chester Himes
  • ISBN: 1560252685
  • ISBN13: 978-1560252689
  • ePub: 1194 kb | FB2: 1137 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (March 22, 2000)
  • Pages: 446
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 209
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The Collected Stories of Chester Himes (Himes, Chester) ePub download

Chester Bomar Himes (July 29, 1909 – November 12, 1984) was a black American writer. His works include If He Hollers Let Him Go and the Harlem Detective series. In 1958 he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. Chester Himes was born.

Chester Bomar Himes (July 29, 1909 – November 12, 1984) was a black American writer. In 1958 he won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière

Chester Himes deserves praise as do those fine writers. But he was born abit too early.

Chester Himes deserves praise as do those fine writers. And born into Harlem. Also disappointing were stories from later in his career, when the racial politics became more heavy-handed, much to the detriment of the literary value, in my view.

In 1953, Himes emigrated to France, where he was approached by Marcel Duhamel of Gallimard to write a detective series for Série Noire, Chester 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.

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Himes published thirty-four major stories between 1934 and 1948, but he was ignored. In comparison, J. D. Salinger had gained a national reputation by 1953 on the basis of nine stories. The easy explanation for this disregard would be to conclude that it was racially motivated.

The dramatic and explosive hardboiled classic: From murderers to prostitutes, corrupt politicians and racist white detectives, Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, Harlem’s toughest detective duo, must carry the day against an absurdist world of racism and class warfare. New York is sweltering in the summer heat, and Harlem is dose to the boiling point. To Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, at times it seems as if the whole world has gone mad.

Chester Himes wrote about African Americans in general, especially in two books that are concerned with labor relations and African American workplace issues. The Collected Stories of Chester Himes, 1990. If He Hollers Let Him Go - which contains many autobiographical elements - is about a black shipyard worker in Los Angeles during World War II struggling against racism, as well as his own violent reactions to racism. Yesterday Will Make You Cry, 1998.

Himes (d. 1984) is well served by this collection of 61 stories (25 never before published): mostly short takes that deal with the black experience, ranging from impoverishment and prison life to the excesses and satisfactions of religion. While there's a good deal of rage here, and the tone of many pieces is sardonic, Himes is at his best when he qualifies such rage with dramatic irony. In & for example, Dick Small (& service for discriminating guests evokes in him a complete satisfaction'') does not so much recognize racism.

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Spanning 40 years and including Himes's first work, written during his imprisonment in the 1940s, this collection uncovers the internal struggles of black individuals caught between resignation and rage, probing the heart of the African-American experience with wit, indignation, and ruthless honesty.
Sorryyy
Riveting, dark, funny, these stories will stick in your memory long after you've put the book down. Sometimes writers have a way of writing the same story over and over, but each one of these is its own unique world, with surprising twists. Better than Raymond Chandler, as good as Lucia Berlin.
Thiama
Toni Morrison, Walter Mosley, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Olivia Butler and... Chester Himes. All masterful African-American writers. All Amazon five-star writers.

All well known, acclaimed and awarded
writers. Except for Chester Himes.

The first five of that abbreviated list of African-American writers have become best selling authors, achieved Classic status. most even have had successful movie adaptations of their writings.

Chester Himes deserves praise as do those fine writers. But he was born abit too early. And born into Harlem. Earlier book reviewers praised Himes as doing for Harlem what Raymond Chandler did for Los Angeles. Two of his stories were made into major movies: Rage in Harlem and Cotton Comes To Harlem Each rated five-stars at Amazon.

Reading the Collected Stories of Chester Himes certainly made me
agree with all the bygone praise for this relatively unknown author.
It's really a shame that more of today's readers haven't been exposed
to his writing.

He started his writing career while doing jail time. He lived the stories he wrote. His style is direct, unembellished, real. Readers will feel that reality
in this collection's 429 pages of 60 quick (each tale 5-10 pages), sharp short stories; I did.

If you like them, well, Himes also wrote
six novels and a dramatic autobiography.

We're in a literary and film milieu of fabricated fantasies. Stories
as good as these, based in reality, are a refreshing return to truth.
And really-good reads, too.
BOND
This man was one of the greatest black American authors ever, having numerous books & stories made into movies. He told it like it was, but his messages & his characters are relevant today.
Dark_Sun
His writing is wonderful, dark, and complex. I strongly recommend reading any of his works. They are very reflective of the times and situations about which he writes.
Hanad
This collection is an uneven ride, which is perhaps to be expected in stories written over a thirty year period. I had high hopes for the stories about prison (Himes himself was in jail for seven and a half years according to Wikipedia), but found these disappointing. Also disappointing were stories from later in his career, when the racial politics became more heavy-handed, much to the detriment of the literary value, in my view. A final criticism. Himes has no clue about women. His strongest female characters are amoral and conniving. The rest are considerably worse.

That said, there's at least 100 pages of top flight stories that make the rest well worthwhile. Also, almost all the stories are quite short, and it's easy to get addicted to the bite size pieces. From here, I'm going back to Himes' detective stories, which I enjoyed even more. Still, I'm glad I read this side of this remarkable author.
Keramar
Good reading!
Whitebeard
The stories captivate you and writing transports you beyond your comfortable chair and into a world where you feel the same emotions as the charecters in the stories.
After reading "A Rage In Harlem" I went looking for more Chester Himes and was fortunate to find this collection. Very readable, very entertaining.
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