RARA-AVIS: A Rage In Harlem

Peter Walker (peter@thedales.demon.co.uk)
Sat, 14 Mar 1998 15:56:09 +0000 I have read "A Rage in Harlem" but it was a while ago. Two immediate
impresions 1.It was very funny indeed and 2.It was brutal (Take the
unsentimental way Jackson's brother (The nun) gets dealt with).
On a sort of related point the film version of "A Rage in Harlem" was
terrible - hard to credit just how bad it was and how untrue to the
books - but I recently saw a film version of a Himes book which captured
their style in an amazing way - "Cotton Comes to Harlem" - Directed by
Ossie Davis with Raymond St. Jacques as Coffin Ed Johnson and Godfrey
Cambridge as Grave Digger Jones. It was actually really good and great
Anyway - my last point would be to say these are great books and if you
can track down one of the bits of writing James Sallis did about Himes
(details on request) you wont be disappointed. Himes should be regarded
- if he isn't already - as one of crime/literatures greats.
Peter Walker
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