His landmark Rage in Harlem combines that writing with a sortof madcap caper story, complete with a gold ore MacGu Chester Himes brought noir to Harlem in 1957. Stick in a hand and draw back a nub. I think reading it as a photograph of Harlem of the time is more of what Chester Himes had on his mind, although I realize I'm not a medium who can speak to the dead and pick his brain. Stick in a hand and draw back a nub. Then there are the readers who bring up the movie as if the book was an afterthought, or those who can't find anything original to say so they just stuff a bunch of quotations into a review. For the love of Imabelle, Jackson loses his life savings to a con man, steals from his boss, and loses the stolen money at the crap table. A Rage in Harlem is an incredibly important novel of its time but no one seems to care -- and that is just a shame.
The stick man stood on one side of the table, handling dice and bets. Really, there's too much happening in this book, to do it justice in a review. A work of undeniable genius. A sex and soul novel. Looking eastward from the towers of Riverside Church, perched among the university buildings on the high banks of the Hudson River, in a valley far below, waves of gray rooftops distort the perspective like the surf Absolutely spectacular crime story, quick paced and beautifully told with style and humor that absolutely comes alive in the slums of 1950's Harlem. So much for calm, persuasive invitation. If this fine flick does it for you, do try another cross-over classic Both are original, high-energy and wonderful productions.
No character in the film ever extricates himself from a situation on his own, but is saved by the sudden appearance of a gun barrel pointed at the perpetrator's noggin by a previously unseen character in the scene. This novel has as much of a sense of place and community as any work written by Thomas Wolfe or William Faulkner. The novel includes some violence. This is dark, inner-city Harlem: Below the surface, in the murky waters of fetid tenements, a city of black people who are convulsed in desperate living, like the voracious churning of millions of hungry cannibal fish. Misunderstandings, complications and some really good chases ensue. It was exciting, well-written, darkly comic, and unexpectedly absurd while still being noir to its core.
In the ensuing explosion, Jackson loses all his life's savings and his hot wife. Even with this willingness, I think it will be some time before I opt for another, if only because there is so much I want to read. Blind mouths eating their own guts. This shit was published in 1959. Jackson was a prime candidate for a sting. In Harlem, she latches on to an innocent undertaker named Jackson Forest Whitaker , who takes her in and falls in love with her. Black detectives Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson keep the peace through intimidation and regular use of their pistols, and when Goldy tips them off to the con men who scammed Jackson, all hell breaks loose in Harlem.
And a shiver went down my spine. However, at about the halfway mark, Harlem becomes fully fleshed. Forest Whitaker plays his role almost too good. Jackson gathers all the cash he can for the conversion, but when a cop shows up in the middle of the raising process, Jackson has not only lost his life savings, he has to steal more from his boss at a funeral home to bribe the cop. Three of these novels have been adapted into movies: Cotton Comes to Harlem, directed by Ossie Davis in 1970; Come Back, Charleston Blue based on The Heat's On in 1972; and A Rage in Harlem, starring Gregory Hines and Danny Glover in 1991. Here, in A Rage in Harlem, the reader sees how that plan for betterment and freedom worked out for those who selected New York. The kind of place that speaks of broken promises and facing up to the stark realism of what a holidaying person is prepared to actually read.
The dialogue sings on every page and the action is fairly nonstop. Its pretty hackneyed stuff, but the players in particular the great Gregory Hines and the baddass Danny Glover elevate it to a standard that just serves to entertain and no more. Σίγουρα πρόκειται για ένα από τα πιο πρωτότυπα 'νουάρ' αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα, όπου οι χαρακτήρες έχουν μοναδικά στοιχεία προσωπικότητας, και το 'βιτριολικό' χιούμορ του συγγραφέα κατακλύζει, κυρίως, το 1ο μέρος, αλλά καί σχεδόν ολόκληρο το βιβλίο. Jackson, who works as an accountant in a funeral home, becomes immediately infatuated with her and becomes distraught when Slim and the gang suddenly appear in Harlem and take off with Imabelle and the gold. Instead of going to the police, Jackson gets drunk, and steals some money from the funeral home he works at, money that he quickly squanders in a gambling den.
Do you suppose that scarlet dress has any significance? I thought it was going to be one thing and turned into something different. The movie stars Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, who died in 2003 and was one of the best actor and tap dancer around, and Bill Duke, another great actor who played in Predator and Hoodlum with Lawrence Fishburne and he directed this movie. Sultry Robin Givens The Family That Preys heats up the screen with Forest Whitaker Repo Man , Gregory Hines The Preachers Wife and Danny Glover Death at a Funeral in this cool, sexy thriller about a gangster's girlfriend and the trouble she stirs for the fellas mixed up in her life. The crime plot is fun, twisty, and high-stakes--there's one late moment that genuinely shocked me, and Himes gives the moment a kind of bravura force, spiraling out to contextualize the act of violence not just as personal but as a kind of shattering moment for Harlem as a whole--but the novel also has weight and ambitions beyond it, or, rather, weight and ambitions that are best realized through it, because Jackson becomes a sort of hapless tour guide to the ups and downs of Harlem, giving Himes room to explore and explain. Across from him sat the rack man on a high stool, changing greenbacks into silver dollars and banking the cuts. He was born in 1909 into a middle-class academic black family. Chester Himes is not a hack writer, which makes this novel as well as his other hard-crime books, including the recently read Cotton Comes to Harlem better than average.
In all honesty, the plot is just so-so; the focus should really be on Harlem of the 1950s, the people in this place, and above all, race. Jackson, in desperate straits, enlists the help of his half-brother, street con man Goldy Gregory Hines and his pal, transvestite Big Kathy Zakes Mokae , to help him find Imabelle. Jackson is perhaps the most gullible character in fiction, while he encounters one con game after another. Not only does fit his part but he looks it as well. During a fight with Jackson, Imabelle shoots Slim, then disappears. So did the French, who honored him with the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in 1958. The biggest problem I had with A Rage in Harlem is that it is not very character driven, but rather plot and action driven, and this ruined many other aspects of the book.
If you haven't read it, read it. Lansdale, Charlie Huston and others. The skill of the voice acting absolutely added to the quality of the experience. She ends up New York with Slim's gang in pursuit. Himes' writing can be funny but he often comes off a bit cynical and mean. Bloody yes, but funny and at times poignant too. Men, women and children had piled into the street, wrapped in blankets, two and three overcoats, pyjama legs showing over the tops of rubber overshoes, towels tied about their heads, draped with dusty rugs snatched hastily from the floor.
This climbs the bar to 4-stars, but just barely. Cast: Forest Whitaker, Gregory Hines, Robin Givens, Danny Glover. Jackson is not to be missed! He actually steals five-hundred 500 dollars and tries to use the other three hundred 300 dollars to gamble and get his money back. As the chase again takes off and the intrigue mounts, you'll find that unexpected twists are all the rage in this stylish thriller! For those struggling writers out there, a stint in prison seems to lend focus to your work. One of the most fun stories I've read or listened to in a long time. Himes' Harlem cycle and I will soon be scavenging the used book stores to find the rest.