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Temples

Williams, Vincent

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ISBN 10: 0964763559 / ISBN 13: 9780964763555
Published by La Caille Nous Pub Co, 1998
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author 0964763559 Presentation copy. This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. Signed by the Author on the half-title page with the following presentation inscription in his hand: "To Charles and the staff of the N.Y. Times Book Review". Marketing materials laid in. Bookseller Inventory # 003820

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Title: Temples

Publisher: La Caille Nous Pub Co

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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College-age angst meets juvenile self-absorption in Williams's sophomoric first effort about a group of middle-class African Americans at the University of Maryland. Terence (also known as Langston, as in Langston Hughes) Hurston is a would-be poet who fritters away much of the summer in Baltimore talking poetry, chasing women and basking in the afterglow of his rapper friends Tim, Truth, space and Mark, whose group is called the Lost Boys. He discards two girlfriends (Stacy and Jodie) only to take up unwittingly with their friend Zora, who is also a budding writer and whom he finds most appealing. In the meantime, however, he has gotten a third woman, Tara, pregnant, and while he puzzles over what to do, all the time mouthing platitudes about the responsibilities of black fathers, she arranges for an abortion. Finally, Maya, another poet friend, sets him straight, telling him what a selfish oaf he is. By now, Williams has exhausted the reader's patience with tiresome diatribes about Thelonious Monk, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Malcolm X, how "Hip-Hop is the natural extension of Jazz" and the Zen of running. The first-person narrative is rife with hackneyed phrases and forced street banter. By the end of the summer, Terence and his friends all seem to be relatively clear about which direction their Buppie lives are headed.

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