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Gentleman Jigger: A Novel of the Harlem Renaissance
An important addition to the literature of the period, Gentleman Jigger is the story of two brothers. Aeon, who passes for white and becomes a famous poet, faces the conundrums of love across the color line. Stuartt, who is openly homosexual-as was the author-joins the younger intellectuals of Harlem in defying authority figures, both black and white, at the notorious “Nig ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 23rd 2008 by Da Capo Press
(first published January 22nd 2008)
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I enjoyed this book. I think that as a young artist the Harlem Renaissance has always been an inspiration. During the time I was reading this book, I lived in Harlem. It was amazing being able to almost walk the same steps that those artist had walked. I think that this book exposes some great themes: Sexuality during the period, "passing" and the vibrancy of artist and intellectuals of the period.
I was torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. The novel doesn't seem to be quite finished and it could have used another edit. However, the second half of the novel is amazing for its frank discussion of homosexual desire and the nature of desire in general; the first half is a great complement to Thurman's Infants of the Spring.