Re: RARA-AVIS: Jones Men

From: Doug Bassett (
Date: 27 May 2001

Haven't read SRO, but I did read GIVEADAMN BROWN, the other book of Pharr's Oldschool reissued, and that one is great -- comparable to a hallucinatory Donald Goines.

--- Keith Logan <> wrote:
> THE JONES MEN was a fine read, my preferred of the
> reissues by Old School
> Books from a couple of years back. Did anyone try
> S.R.O by Robert Deane
> Pharr? I could not get through it; too bleak.
> Utterly hopeless, in fact. It
> is (according to the cover blurb) "heavily
> autobiographical", and if so I
> would not want to walk a mile in Pharr's shoes. An
> intelligent, literate man
> becomes embroiled in the seedy doings of a Single
> Room Occupancy live-in
> hotel in Harlem. The narrative wanders from scene to
> scene, becoming more
> far-out, fantastic and sordid with each step. Very
> harsh. Has anyone made it
> through the whole book? Any hope at all for the
> writer character?

===== Doug Bassett

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