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The Spyglass Tree

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A deeply affecting, stylishly elegant novel of remembrance about a young African-American man's advent into the world of academia, an imaginary Alabama college, in the 1930s. "A classic . . . one of the great works of African-American writing . . . Murray plays more notes than Faulkner ever dreamed of or in".--Raleigh News & Observer.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 27th 1992 by Vintage (first published 1991)
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Greg
Feb 25, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it
The Spyglass Tree is the second novel in a Murray’s semi-autobiographical story of living in the Jim Crow south. Michiko Kakutani describes the work as “A jazz improvisation on Goethe’s ‘Wilhelm Meister’ and Joyce’s ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.” I cannot think of a more apt description.

Murray’s language through is wonderful. Set in perfect voice, the novel follows Scooter as he makes his way to the university. He is constantly reminded of his past, either through the many characters h
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Robert Mitchell
Oct 01, 2013 Robert Mitchell rated it really liked it
In Albert Murray’s melodic, synchronistic universe of The Spyglass Tree, the second novel of his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Scooter is the ecstatic, signifying, smile-cracking, knowledge-devouring, hard-working eyewitness and proclaimer of goodness in the midst of the darkest days of Jim Crow. He voraciously pursues his studies at a university alerted by the chiming of the same plantation bell that metered the lives of slaves only generations before. Scooter is still the kid in the ...more
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Jul 01, 2016 Rita rated it really liked it
'...the second novel of his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Scooter is the ecstatic, signifying, smile-cracking, knowledge-devouring, hard-working eyewitness and proclaimer of goodness in the midst of the darkest days of Jim Crow.'

[This follows Train Whistle Guitar, and the 3rd is Seven League Boots. I have now read all three.]

This is very much a continuation of Train Whistle Guitar. Scooter is now in college [Tuskegee though not named], with plenty of flashbacks to the childhood years already co
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Tries to copy from Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man". He has mirrored his Tuskegee experience with Ellison who was a year or two ahead of him. However, it does get into the back roads of Tuskegee
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