They'd rather have a third World War than you and me get married."" This is Christina, a Negro girl from New Orleans,...

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They'd rather have a third World War than you and me get married."" This is Christina, a Negro girl from New Orleans, speaking to Weatherby, a British correspondent for The Manchester Guardian who came over to cover the scene in 1960. Weatherby has told his story, that of an outsider trying to become an insider, as a parallel to that of the Negro. Most of it takes place in the ""tense killer atmosphere"" not only of Louisiana, but later Georgia-- where he met her again, Memphis and finally New York (the Village first, Harlem later) where Christina drifted away from him into the Malcolm X movement before she returned south to die. Weatherby's memoir is really much more than a person-to-person confrontation of the problem itself-- he has implemented it with views (Meredith, Faulkner, Baldwin, Mailer, etc.) which give it a range. Someone said to Weatherby ""The event itself is enough for a true journalist. All you need is an intense experience of it."" This it is, but partly so because Weatherby is a very good writer-- places, ideas, feeling are all remarkably alive.

Pub Date: May 18, 1966

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Stein & Day

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1966