Colson Whitehead’s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the Black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it’s the story of a disaffected, middle-aged Black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.
This is a used copy in acceptable condition with some wear and creasing throughout, plus two large price stickers affixed to the back and some dog earing to the pages throughout.
By Colson Whitehead. Paperback. 400 pages. Published by Anchor, 2002.