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Lord of Dark Places

Bennett, Hal

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ISBN 10: 0393086038 / ISBN 13: 9780393086034
Published by W W Norton & Co, 1970
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Second printing. Combines the theme of Black Migration with more contemporary issues such as homosexuality and interracial relationships.Near fine with a touch of fading to cloth at edges. DJ very good with price hole-punched out, minor edgewear at spine. Growing scarce in hardcover. 286 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2645

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Title: Lord of Dark Places

Publisher: W W Norton & Co

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition.

Book Type: Book

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A detective story, a black comedy, a tragedy, and thirty years out of print, it's a dissertation on history/stereotypes that man/unman black Americans.


[The protagonist] Joe's transitions are always linked by Bennet's dark satire that seats Joe's sexuality as his identity comfort zone that eventually turns back on itself. America's fear, lust, and loathing of Black male sexuality and humanity drives Joe mad. At different times he is able to theorize his presence in the middle of his misery coated by a marijuana addiction. Joe's absurd mirrors make you laugh and stare at the pages while you ask yourself about all the possibilities of autobiographical fiction.
    - Cups, the cafe culture magazine, Tamara Harris.

Bennet whips his readers with religion, mocking biblical teachings that ask for obedience and stoical reserve, penning merciless scenes of molestation, rape and orgies and refusing to back away from the ugly consequences of racial injustice. The stereotypes - black man as uncontrollable sexual brute, black woman as blindly faithful sap - only make Joe's role as a warped Candide more grotesque.
   - Time Out New York, Marie Elsie St. Leger.

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