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Charlie Smith (1) (1947–)

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Charlie Smith teaches at the University of Alabama and Princeton University.

Værker af Charlie Smith

Ginny Gall (2016) 62 eksemplarer
Three Delays: A Novel (2010) 36 eksemplarer
Men in Miami Hotels: A Novel (2013) 32 eksemplarer
Shine Hawk (1988) 30 eksemplarer
The Lives of the Dead (1990) 27 eksemplarer
Chimney Rock (1993) 26 eksemplarer
Cheap Ticket to Heaven: A Novel (1996) 23 eksemplarer
Heroin: And Other Poems (2000) 20 eksemplarer
Canaan (1984) 18 eksemplarer
Before and After: Poems (1995) 14 eksemplarer
Crystal River: Three Novellas (1991) 13 eksemplarer
The Palms: Poems (1993) 12 eksemplarer
Women of America: Poems (2004) 7 eksemplarer
Word Comix: Poems (2009) 7 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Bidragyder — 174 eksemplarer
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Bidragyder — 167 eksemplarer
New Stories from the South 2008: The Year's Best (2008) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
New York: The Ultimate Photographic Journey (2000) — Forord — 8 eksemplarer

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Every so often a book will really make me reconsider my policy of finishing every book I start. Three Delays is one of those books; it can best be summed up with the phrase "word vomit."
myshkin77 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 10, 2023 |
Growing up black in Jim Crow America. Lovely, poetic writing. Makes me want to read more by this author. Library book.
seeword | 1 anden anmeldelse | Aug 7, 2016 |
Ginny Gall is the latest work from prize winning author Charlie Smith.

The title? Ginny Gall is a word coined by 1920's and 1930's blacks meaning..."a suburb of Hell". And that's where Smith takes the reader to start - to the Jim Crow south in Tennessee.

The lead character is Delvin Walker born in Chattanooga in 1913 to a prostitute. He's left alone too soon as his mother flees, accused of killing a white man. Smith takes the reader on Delvin's journey through life as he makes his way - first finding a home with the local black funeral director and then mirroring his mother as he too is accused of killing a white boy and flees Chattanooga. He rides the rails, exploring America, hoping for more, hoping for better. But it seems he can't outrun prejudice, inhumanity and injustice.

I loved Delvin's voice, his hopes and his thoughts. I wept at the fact that you could change the dates of the story and still post it under today's newspaper headlines.

Smith's prose reminded me of black strap molasses - richly coloured and glowing when the light shines through as it is poured. But also viscous and opaque when not moving. I had to put the book down a number of times and come back to it. The prose are beautiful and lyrical, but I found them overwhelming in large doses. Smith details every bit of the book, sometimes to the detriment of his protagonist and his message.

This one's going to be hard to rate - I think there's a very important message here, I think Smith's writing is beautiful and I liked the protagonist very much, but I just got bogged down in detail.
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Twink | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 19, 2016 |
3.5 stars: I read 20 pages of this book and put it aside for 10 days. I went back to it with the idea that I'd read another chapter and see whether I wanted to finish it. I finished it and think Smith is a talent. I'm still not sure what I think about the book.
AntT | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jan 24, 2015 |



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