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Il ritmo di Harlem af Colson Whitehead
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Il ritmo di Harlem (2021)

af Colson Whitehead

Serier: Ray Carney (1), Harlem Saga (1)

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Familiehistorie kamufleret som gangsterfortælling om den almindelige møbelhandler og familiefar Carneys ualmindelige indslusning i Harlems kriminelle underverden i 1960'erne. Appellerer bredt til alle der holder af stort anlagte amerikanske romaner.
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Titel:Il ritmo di Harlem
Forfattere:Colson Whitehead
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Harlem Shuffle af Colson Whitehead (2021)

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Whitehead is one of our finest literary crafters. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
I did not enjoy as much as The Underground Railroad. This book followed a family living in Harlem during in the late 50?s to mid 60?s. The main character owned a struggling furniture store in Harlem. He had a young family living in a small apartment. He also has a cousin who is an addict and makes unwise decisions that get his other cousin into hot water. It is a time of back office small criminal activity and a time when police and crime syndictes get paid for looking the other way. Ray Carney is one of the ?lucky? ones who manages not to be arrested and finds his situation improving, but still forks his envelope of money each month.Kirkus: After winning back-to-back Pulitzer Prizes for his previous two books, Whitehead lets fly with a typically crafty change-up: a crime novel set in mid-20th-century Harlem.The twin triumphs of The Underground Railroad (2016) and The Nickel Boys (2019) may have led Whitehead?s fans to believe he would lean even harder on social justice themes in his next novel. But by now, it should be clear that this most eclectic of contemporary masters never repeats himself, and his new novel is as audacious, ingenious, and spellbinding as any of his previous period pieces. Its unlikely and appealing protagonist is Ray Carney, who, when the story begins in 1959, is expecting a second child with his wife, Elizabeth, while selling used furniture and appliances on Harlem?s storied, ever bustling 125th Street. Ray?s difficult childhood as a hoodlum?s son forced to all but raise himself makes him an exemplar of the self-made man to everybody but his upper-middle-class in-laws, aghast that their daughter and grandchildren live in a small apartment within earshot of the subway tracks. Try as he might, however, Ray can?t quite wrest free of his criminal roots. To help make ends meet as he struggles to grow his business, Ray takes covert trips downtown to sell lost or stolen jewelry, some of it coming through the dubious means of Ray?s ne?er-do-well cousin, Freddie, who?s been getting Ray into hot messes since they were kids. Freddie?s now involved in a scheme to rob the Hotel Theresa, the fabled ?Waldorf of Harlem," and he wants his cousin to fence whatever he and his unsavory, volatile cohorts take in. This caper, which goes wrong in several perilous ways, is only the first in a series of strenuous tests of character and resources Ray endures from the back end of the 1950s to the Harlem riots of 1964. Throughout, readers will be captivated by a Dickensian array of colorful, idiosyncratic characters, from itchy-fingered gangsters to working-class women with a low threshold for male folly. What?s even more impressive is Whitehead?s densely layered, intricately woven rendering of New York City in the Kennedy era, a time filled with both the bright promise of greater economic opportunity and looming despair due to the growing heroin plague. It's a city in which, as one character observes, ?everybody?s kicking back or kicking up. Unless you?re on top.?As one of Whitehead?s characters might say of their creator, When you?re hot, you?re hot.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
3.5

Liked but did not love this. Felt like three short stories with the same main character. I kept waiting for a bigger something to happen but mostly it was just small time stuff and a picture of one guy’s life.

Took me forever to read it.

( )
  hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |
I couldn't see it through… ( )
  sunforsiberia | Dec 28, 2023 |
Really good. Fun to read, smart and just good. The protagonist is a believable complicated thinking human. Similar to Zone One, the main point always seems to be—yeah, life goes in amidst the craziness. Carry on, folks.
  BookyMaven | Dec 6, 2023 |
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Already having tackled everything from zombies to metaphorical railroads, Whitehead turned to noir and humor for his latest release, Harlem Shuffle. At once a character study about a furniture salesman living in New York City in the early 1960s and a narrative that explores how even good people can be slightly crooked for all the right reasons, Harlem Shuffle is a funny, violent novel that doubles as a love letter to New York City’s seedy underbelly and the plethora of characters that made it unique....Harlem Shuffle is many things. On the surface, it is a crime novel with a family saga at its core. However, as readers have come to expect from Whitehead, the narrative is also an exploration of race and power dynamics that coexists with a story about the eternal battle between ethics and need whenever money enters the equation.
 
A heist with a cast of zany characters, tongue-in-cheek dialogue, questionable criminal skills, and of course, a bumbling, incompetent thief or two are undoubtedly part of the charm of Colson Whitehead's Harlem Shuffle. But the novel is also a powerful tale of a man's love for his family and the neighborhood where he lives. And the man at the center of that tale is a devastatingly enjoyable character who has a true gift for words — if not always the smartest actions.
 
“Harlem Shuffle” brings Whitehead’s unwavering eloquence — at one point he describes traffic as “honking molasses” — to a mix of city history, niche hangouts, racial stratification, high hopes and low individuals....Though it’s a slightly slow starter, “Harlem Shuffle” has dialogue that crackles, a final third that nearly explodes, hangouts that invite even if they’re Chock Full o’ Nuts and characters you won’t forget even if they don’t stick around for more than a few pages.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerThe New York Times, Janet Maslin (pay site) (Sep 10, 2021)
 
Throughout, readers will be captivated by a Dickensian array of colorful, idiosyncratic characters, from itchy-fingered gangsters to working-class women with a low threshold for male folly. What’s even more impressive is Whitehead’s densely layered, intricately woven rendering of New York City in the Kennedy era, a time filled with both the bright promise of greater economic opportunity and looming despair due to the growing heroin plague. It's a city in which, as one character observes, “everybody’s kicking back or kicking up. Unless you’re on top.” As one of Whitehead’s characters might say of their creator, When you’re hot, you’re hot.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Jun 16, 2021)
 
It’s a superlative story, but the most impressive achievement is Whitehead’s loving depiction of a Harlem 60 years gone—“that rustling, keening thing of people and concrete”—which lands as detailed and vivid as Joyce’s Dublin. Don’t be surprised if this one wins Whitehead another major award.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerPublisher's Weekly (Apr 20, 2021)
 

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If something big was afoot, Aronowitz twirled in his chair and scurried into the workshop in the back, to more grunts. He reminded Carney of a squirrel in the park, darting helter-skelter after lost nuts.
The way he saw it, living taught you that you didn’t have to live the way you’d been taught to live. You came from one place but more important was where you decided to go.
Everyone had secret corners and alleys that no one else saw—what mattered were your major streets and boulevards, the stuff that showed up on other people’s maps of you.
Finding out you were free six months after the fact didn’t seem like something to celebrate. More like it was telling you to read the morning paper.
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Familiehistorie kamufleret som gangsterfortælling om den almindelige møbelhandler og familiefar Carneys ualmindelige indslusning i Harlems kriminelle underverden i 1960'erne. Appellerer bredt til alle der holder af stort anlagte amerikanske romaner.

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