Mumbo Jumbo

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Scribner, Jun 11, 1996 - Fiction - 224 pages
143 Reviews
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  - John - Goodreads

Like Thomas Pynchon crossed with Things Fall Apart (the Roots album, not the Achebe novel, though there's plenty of that too), salted with plenty of David Foster Wallace. And yet Reed predates and informs all of those. Hep and hilarious, enlightening and entertaining. Read full review

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User Review  - Bob Martin - Goodreads

A short, very interesting but difficult to follow mishmash of characters, modern fables, and political and social commentary. It's the moral battle of conformity versus creative expression. It's a ... 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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