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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date June 1, 1998
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780684847504
ISBN-10 0684847507
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $15.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
A comically surreal, bitingly ironic account of the Civil War as seen by three runaway slaves illuminates the political consciences of both blacks and whites through a mixture of history, fantasy, and today's political realities. Reprint. NYT.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Brilliantly portrayed by a novelist with "a talent for hyperbole and downright yarning unequaled since Mark Twain", (Saturday Review), this slave's-eye view of the Civil War exposes America's racial foibles of the past and present with uninhibited humor and panache.

Mixing history, fantasy, political reality, and comedy, Ishmael Reed spins the tale of three runaway slaves and the master determined to catch them. His on-target parody of fugitive slave narratives and other literary forms includes a hero who boards a jet bound for Canada; Abraham Lincoln waltzing through slave quarters to the tune of "Hello, Dolly"; and a plantation mistress entranced by TV's "Beecher Hour". Filled with insights into the political consciences (or lack thereof) of both blacks and whites, Flight to Canada confirms Reed's status as "a great writer" (James Baldwin).

"A demonized Uncle Tom's Cabin, a book that reinvents the particulars of slavery in America with comic rage". -- The New York Times Book Review

"Wears the mantle of Baldwin and Ellison like a high-powered Flip Wilson in drag...a terrifically funny book". -- Baltimore Sun

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Reprint edition from Scribner (June 1, 1998)
9780684847504 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $15.00
About: A comically surreal, bitingly ironic account of the Civil War as seen by three runaway slaves illuminates the political consciences of both blacks and whites through a mixture of history, fantasy, and today's political realities.
Reprint edition from Atheneum (September 1, 1989)
9780689707339 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $11.00
About: Arthur Swille politicizes, patronizes, and frets on his plantation in Swin'erd, Virginia, while his runaway slave, Raven Quickskill gives poetry readings and abolitionist lectures in Emancipation City, prompting his fellow fugitives to anger, fear, bravery, and betrayal

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