26 March 2009

A Rage in Harlem, by Chester Himes

Like all the best gritty noir novels, the prose is sparse but evocative, the characters are fabulous, and the story is gripping while also being somewhat absurdly complicated. A fantastic read.

Really, there's not much more to say about it. It's just solidly excellent. It features a drug addicted guy who wanders the streets dressed as a nun quoting random tidbits of Revelations and selling tickets to heaven. And it's not like one of those books that puts in something like that just to be quirky and cool - even the most bizarre elements of the text seem totally organic and absolutely believable.

Oh, it's a grand book.

1 comment:

gemma said...

That's a great book!