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Mariners, Renegades And Castaways: The Story Of Herman Melville And The World We Live In

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Political theorist and cultural critic, novelist and cricket enthusiast, C. L. R. James (1901 - 1989) was a brilliant polymath who has been described by Edward Said as "a centrally important 20th-century figure." Through such landmark works as The Black Jacobins, Beyond a Boundary, and American Civilization, James's thought continues to influence and inspire scholars in a ...more
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Published December 31st 1985 by Allison & Busby (first published January 1st 1953)
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Sarah
Mar 16, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an important book of American history - a critique of capitalism in the eras of Melville and post-WWII when the book was written. Fascinating to read CLR James' interpretation of Moby Dick and its characters, esp. given that he wrote this book while interred with communist cell-mates awaiting deportation. Now must read his masterpiece, The Black Jacobins, which labor-historian sister has long urged me to pick up. He writes well, conveying deep ideas with ease and eloquence.
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Nov 22, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine look at the rise of mono-maniacal fascism through the lens of Ahab and the Pequod. Also takes in Melville's other writing as lead up and release from Moby Dick. Very smart. Written in the 1950's when James was being held before deportation as some kind of subversive.
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Mar 05, 2009 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Immensely entertaining but fairly ridiculous.
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C. L. R. James (1901–1989), a Trinidadian historian, political activist, and writer, is the author of The Black Jacobins, an influential study of the Haitian Revolution and the classic book on sport and culture, Beyond a Boundary. His play Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History was recently discovered in the archives and published Duke University Press.
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