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THE FREE-LANCE PALLBEARERS.

Reed, Ishmael.

ISBN 10: 0385088647 / ISBN 13: 9780385088640
Published by NY: DOUBLEDAY. 1967, 1967
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by Ishmael Reed on the half-title page. Close to fine in very good DJ. (Previous owner's name neatly inked at head of first blank . Couple of tiny edge nicks in DJ. Slight trace of shelfsoiling in spots. Mild ghost of an erasure on front endpaper. Splash of damp soiling on rear inside cover only lightly discernible on reverse. ) Author's FIRST book. Bookseller Inventory # 20696

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Title: THE FREE-LANCE PALLBEARERS.

Publisher: NY: DOUBLEDAY. 1967

Publication Date: 1967

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Ishmael Reed's electrifying first novel zooms readers off to a land they have never heard of, a crazy, ominous kingdom called HARRY SAM--a never-never land so weirdly out-of-whack that only reality itself could be stranger. Venturing into this risky realm of a thousand contradictions is the quixotic Bukka Doopeyduk, a crusading, liberal fellow who is eager--if not always ready--to face the dangers of life. And dangers abound. Jousting and colliding with a macabre carousel of cops and beatniks, Elks and Black Muslims, he suffers a series of cockeyed misfortunes--maddening, saddening, and wildly uproarious. The Free-Lance Pallbearers fires a volley of savage torpedoes at the world's absurdities. Its rollicking language and blasphemous humor hide a merciless message.

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"Ishmael Reed's first novel zooms readers off to the crazy, ominous kingdom of Harry Sam - a miserable and dangerous place ruled for thirty years by Harry Sam, a former used car salesman who wields his power from his bathroom throne. In a land of a thousand contradictions peopled by cops and beatniks, black nationalists and white liberals, the crusading Bukka Doopeyduk leads a rebellion against the corrupt Sam in a wildly uproarious and scathing satire."--BOOK JACKET.

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