Hardcover first edition - First printing. National Book Award winner's highly praised first collection of short stories, in which he explores the perennial problems of Western (and Eastern) thought agains the the background of African American life. The Frankenstein story is recast as the tale of a young slave being remade in the image of his master's value. In another story a yound black M.D. in Illinois attends to a crash-landed extra-terrestial. 169 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: His first book of short stories. Dust jacket design by Paula Heisen.
From Publishers Weekly:
These eight stories concern themselves with the making of thingsthe ways of which a man or his art can assume significant form. The first, set in 1855, shows an elderly farmer educating and imposing his own values on his African slave, inculcating the young man with an unacknowledged blood lust as well; the last deals with a sorcerer's apprentice who "studies beauty, who wishes to give it back," but doubts his capacity to do so. Johnson (Oxherding Tale and Faith and the Good Thing) need not have similar fears; his ability to conjure is awesome. Whether he is sending an earth doctor to minister to a space creature or readying a middle-aged postal worker for a karate championship, turning people into animals or the reverse, he is always convincing. His stories falter only when he attempts to infuse them with undigested dollops of dialectical material which seems more germane to the author's own knowledge of philosophy than to that of his characters. When spells as potent as these are cast, the stuff from which they are derived can remain in the conjurer's hat. February
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Title: THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE, Tales and ...
Publisher: New York: Atheneum, 1986. dj
Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP68311429
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Book Description Atheneum, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Tight clean copy with mylar-protected jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾". Bookseller Inventory # 00531667
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