LONG GEORGE ALLEY by Richard Hall

LONG GEORGE ALLEY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A freedom-fighter meller-drammer -- a simplified, souped-up and essentially sentimental tale of black and white Civil Rights workers organizing a small Mississippi town in the late, smoldering years of the Movement, just before blacks broke with whites. A gallery of types and relationships are woven into a stylized design: the determined, cutting young black leader; the Northern black intellectual dallying with the white liberal girl; the Carolina white boy going crazy under the strain, and his strange bond with a young black prostitute; the bull-necked cop; the pious respectables of the National Negro Advancement League; the barbershop habitues, reluctantly drawn in on the demonstration, and so on. All of this is told in the alternating confession or monologue of each character which become, inevitably, his or her own obsessive refrain.

Pub Date: June 8th, 1972
ISBN: 0743478991
Publisher: Delacorte