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John Henry Days

by Whitehead, Colson A

  • ISBN: 9780385498197
  • ISBN10: 0385498195

John Henry Days

by Whitehead, Colson A

  • List Price: $24.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish date: 05/01/2001
  • ISBN: 9780385498197
  • ISBN10: 0385498195
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Description: Immortalized in folk ballads, John Henry has been a favorite American hero since the mid-nineteenth century. According to legend, John Henry, a black laborer for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, was a man of extraordinary strength and stamina. He proved his mettle in a contest of speed and endurance with a steam drill, only to die of exhaustion moments after his triumph.

In "John Henry Days", Colson Whitehead transforms the simple ballad into a contrapuntal masterpiece. The narrative revolves around J. Sutter, a young black journalist. Sutter is a "junketeer", a freeloading hack who roams from one publicity event to another, abusing his expense account and acquiring as much free food and merchandise as possible. It is 1996, and an assignment for a travel Web site takes Sutter to West Virginia for the "John Henry Days" festival, a celebration of a new U.S. postal stamp honoring John Henry. And there the real story of John Henry emerges in graceful counterpoint to Sutter's thoroughly modern adventure.

As Whitehead explores the parallels between the lives of these two black men and between the Industrial Age, which literally killed John Henry, and the Digital Age that is destroying J. Sutter's soul, he adds multiple dimensions to the myth of the steel-drivin' man. In dazzling set pieces, the author traces the evolution of the famous ballad over the past century, juxtaposing history and popular culture, the blatant bigotry of the past with the subtle racism of the present, the comic and the tragic, with breathtaking dexterity. A literary work of the highest quality, equally rich in laugh-out-loud humor and unforgettable poignancy, it confirms Colson Whitehead as one of the major talentsof our time.

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