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Title: BE-BOP, RE-BOP
Publisher: New York: Ballantine, 1987.
Publication Date: 1987
Binding: Soft cover
Edition: 1st Edition
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"Compelling...Ms. Cartier joins the ranks of Afro-American writers-among them Ralph Ellison and Ntozake Shange-whose works demonstrate the deep connections between music and narrative."
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Be-Bop, Re-Bop is the pulse of American Blacklife, the real-deal depiction of folks and their values as partners in time. Not a book but a beat, it's the tune of our roots on their trail today.
The scatstet syntax and jive jargon used by Cartier make this novel an exhilarating and rhythmic rap. It's an up-tempo tale of a black family, a dance through the decades with jazz fan Double and his daughter, who narrates while Miles and Trane wail in the background: "That's what be-bop isthe threat of black music turnin back outsider-black, leavin white wallflowers all over the place, tryin to jive to a beat that blows their souls outa socket." Double's daughter recalls her father's "exploits and life explorations," remembers incidents of racism and is "subjected to passing-flash memory of still-married me." Then the scene shifts as the narrator and her young daughter trade life in "menopausal Saint Lou" for a "fill-in-blank future" in the "San Fran of my now." Cartier riffs on "abracadabra afternoons" and "militant memories" and runs through the scales of post-Kerouac bop prosody. The result is finger-popping fiction, an authentic American blues in the night from a gifted and talented writer.
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