Mumbo Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo

Book - 1996
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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.-- back cover.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1996
Edition: 1st Scribner pbk. fiction ed
ISBN: 9780684824772
Branch Call Number: FICTION REED...I
Characteristics: 223 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Aug 03, 2016

There's more mumbo than jumbo in this genre-exploding novel from Ishmael Reed. It's one of those books that is sort of an island unto itself. Eschewing traditional plotting, style, and characterization, "Mumbo Jumbo" blithely jumps around, embracing everything from voodoo to the blues to Warren G. Harding to Ancient Egypt to the Knights Templar. If this doesn't make any sense, I'd just tell you to pick it up and judge for yourself. Includes illustrations.


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