Mumbo Jumbo

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Scribner, Jun 11, 1996 - Fiction - 224 pages
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The Classic Freewheeling Look at Race Relations Through the Ages
Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed's brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious commentary on our society. In it, Reed, one of our preeminent African-American authors, mixes portraits of historical figures and fictional characters with sound bites on subjects ranging from ragtime to Greek philosophy. Cited by literary critic Harold Bloom as one of the five hundred most significant books in the Western canon, Mumbo Jumbo is a trenchant and often biting look at black-white relations throughout history, from a keen observer of our culture.

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User Review  - Ashley Gerber - Goodreads

The first 60 pages of this book remind me of the first 30 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey... It's a trudge. Oh but the rewards are endless. This is a striking postmodern commentary on race relations and the anxiety of myth and origin. I'll definitely read it a second time. Read full review

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User Review  - Miri - Goodreads

It was entertaining and smart, but I was frustrated by how much of it (especially all the religious/mythological allusions) went over my head completely. Read full review


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Ishmael Reed, a novelist, poet, essayist, and activist, is the author of more than a dozen books. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth and is currently a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, California.

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