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How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  585 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
Brilliant and tense, Dany Laferrière's first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, is as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published in Canada in 1985. With ribald humor and a working-class intellectualism on par with Charles Bukowski's or Henry Miller's, Laferrière's narrator wanders the streets and slums of Montreal, has sex with white wom ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Douglas & McIntyre (first published 1985)
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Dec 18, 2013 Roxane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Biting, still relevant satire about race and sex. Some really fascinating erotic moments. This is a whip smart book.
Mar 11, 2015 Yasmeen rated it it was ok

Now that that's been cleared up-- I get it, I really do; Laferriere exaggerates stereotypes to make fun of them and hopefully get rid of them. But I don't know how effective it is. I don't know, the only thing I really felt throughout the entire thing was a thorough hatred for every single character. Which, again, is probably part of the point. But... not really up my alley. I feel like there are more
Fritz Graham
May 12, 2015 Fritz Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed from beginning to end. Many may find the pages crass, boring or something else. For me, it was just an opportunity to get another black man's perspective on interracial dating. Given that this has been such a major part of my identity, I felt a near instant connection to the principle characters. Obviously, it's dated and it's (depending on who you talk to) misogynistic interactions with women may strike many as (to say the least) problematic. While some may find something like this fo ...more
Sep 27, 2011 Lesliemae rated it liked it
Recommended to Lesliemae by: G.E.Clarke
One stunning moment that this book produced was when I looked into the author Chester Himes. Laferriere's protagonist pounds out his work on a Remington22 that purportedly belonged to Chester Himes.

When I looked him up, I read this little story that choked me up,
"A tragedy took place that would profoundly shape Himes's view of race relations. He had misbehaved and his mother made him sit out a gunpowder demonstration that he and his brother, Joseph Jr., were supposed to conduct during a school a
Dec 30, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I was asked to review this book, and I was really thinking it was going to be kind of like instruction or a manual or something like that. That is so not the case. I agree that it is brilliant!!

These two black men are living in a run down apartment. They are visited by various white women. They all have names like “miz beauty” or “miz literature”. I loved the different names they came up with. It’s better than just saying a normal name. The names they give show a better picture of the women they
Melissa  Jeanette
I liked this book but I feel like I would like it more if I had already read the authors he mentions and I knew how he was playing off of them. I do like how he uses the taboo of sex to analyze the stereotypes and racism that societies pretend don't exist. These two provocative areas play off each other well. It's especially interesting since Canada prides itself on it's multiculturalism, but like every nation, still has a subtext of racism beneath the 'were all enlightened now' surface. I liked ...more

I really liked pretty much everything about this book. The voice was distinct and unique paired with a fresh and seemingly simple, journalistic style that made the pages turn. Despite the short number of pages there was incredible character development. For me, the characters were the best part of the story; Bouba was almost too fantastic to believe but partnered with the narrator he worked. The world of Montreal was also vibrant although a little hazy for someone whose never been.

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Oct 28, 2010 Darryl rated it it was ok
The narrator of this novella is a young Haitian man who is living in a dodgy apartment on the rue Saint-Denis in Montreal along with his African roommate Bouba, the "Black Buddha" of the city. He spends his days in his filthy and pest-ridden flat working on his first novel, Black Cruiser's Paradise, and his nights are generally spent in the company of his girlfriend Miz Literature, a privileged and attractive white literature student at McGill University, or in a variety of bars and cafés with o ...more
Czarny Pies
Nov 17, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Personne
Recommended to Czarny by: Je suis un de ses fans. Ses interventions a Radio Canada sont superbes.
Faute de pouvoir donner cinq etrons,jelui donne une etoile.

La legende veut que le premier emploi qu'a eu Dany Laferrière quand il est arrive au Canada de son Haiti natal a été comme météo. A sa toute première emission il a procédé comme suit commencant par le cote Atlantique du Canada et se dirigeant vers l'ouest. "Aujourd'hui, c'est plus dix à Halifax. Plus cinq à Rimouski. Zero à Montréal. Moins cinq à Ottawa. Moins vingt à Winnipeg. Moins ving-cinq à Calgary. Et je REFUSE CATEGORIQUMENT à vou
Version française: Comment faire l'amour avec un Nègre sans se fatiguer

Premier roman de Dany Laferrière (membre de l'Académie Française), paru en 1985. Succès immédiat. La critique parlera de littérature nègre d'Amérique et d'un classique de la littérature québécoise (déjà!).Le livre aura une carrière internationale fracassante notamment dans le monde anglophone. Le bagou de l'auteur aidant, un grand écrivain était né.

Résumé: C'est l'histoire de deux jeunes Noirs qui passent un été chaud à dragu
May Bletz
Jun 16, 2009 May Bletz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The English translation omitted part of the French title -"without getting tired" In a dptl meeting I proposed it for a lit course and felt myself blushing. Maybe we can see this as a Haitian's answer to Philip Roth. Very shallow readers have accused him of misogeny, but this is of course a hilarious parody on the classic Bildungsroman. Laferriere relentlessly pokes fun at his readers -presumably all white, middle class educated, trying so hard NOT to be racists- and does not suffer fools lightl ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Palivo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
Jak se milovat s černochem a neunavit se je teda dost blbej název. Hůř jsem se snad v metru s knížkou ještě necítil. Naštěstí na dalších stanicích nikdy nepřistoupil Ray Koranteng.

Kniha od Danyho Laferrière je zcela očividným, volným pokračováním Obratníku raka. A samozřejmě to není vůbec na škodu. Laferriere sice trochu ztrácí v představivosti a lyričnosti, takže v jeho knize se děje jen naprosto obyčejný sex se zletilými ženami (boooring), ale přichází s něčím, čím dává Millerovskému opusu nap
Dec 24, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 13, 2013 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm not even sure how to review this book. It was short and sweet, cleverly-written, amusing, honest, with a great sense of place. Months after reading the book, I can still conjure up that cramped, sweaty, apartment on rue St-Denis. I don't know what the English translation is like, but I highly recommend the French original to those fluent enough to pick up on its nuance and sly humour.
Feb 14, 2008 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who did not think they had a stereotypical view
Recommended to Doris by: Mister Klaus
A very hilarious book with a fairly bitter core... It makes you laugh and think at the same time: Where do all these stereotypes about black men and white women come from? Is an encounter of those two specimen really impossible without historical traumata? Short, precise, funny, bitter, exagerated - I loved it.
Jun 02, 2014 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
-I had to read this book for my french class-

With this provocative title, I thought this read would be interesting and passionating, if anything. I was sadly dissapointed.

The story is about Vieux's life in Montréal. He lives with his friend Bouba who spends his life on a couch, most of the time sleeping, or reading the Coran. Vieux on the other hand is a writer-to-be who has a very harsh vision of what relationship between white girls and black males is. He describes how it's more of a challeng
Leah Gordon
May 02, 2009 Leah Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
not the how to manual you may have been searching for... but a sharp and damned shocking post-modern answer to 'another country' by baldwin
Sep 08, 2010 THE TORONTO QUARTERLY rated it it was amazing
Bukowski, Miller, Kerouac, and Baldwin all rolled into one dynamite book!
Kaitlyn Barrett
Dec 02, 2014 Kaitlyn Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-adore
Such a beautiful tiny slice of a novella. Gorgeous spare writing with a story that folds in on itself like origami. I wish I had the balls to read this book in public but I suspect the hotel maids were horrified enough by the title. It concerns one of my favorite subjects, black men and white women, with just enough ironic humor and scatological historical context to keep it from being a political treatise. I will hold on to this book and certain moments will stay with me forever, like falling i ...more
Alessandro D'Onofrio
C'est Dany, et ça c'est tout, pour moi.
Mi sono chiesto se nella scatola (di scarpe? non ricordo già più), quella che contiene pensieri vari su carta, ci fosse Chronique. Chissà. Si sente che è un romanzo giovanile, lo si sente dalla potenza, dall'immediatezza. Una bella lettura, senza dubbio. E per questo non avete scuse, la traduzione in italiano c'è (ma non so dirvi della qualità, non sono riuscito a procurarmela in tempo).

- Ah! bon. Qu'est-ce que tu écris?
- Des phantasmes.
- Quel genre?
- Les m
Dec 28, 2015 Jeannecamos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un rythme de jazz frénétique très référencé, une liste de femmes qui se succèdent et qui habitent l'espace de la maison et celle de la pensée autour de l'égalité, des citations coraniques détournées, parodiées parfois mais qui semblent délivrer un message juste. C'est avant tout l'histoire des corps qui se répondent, plus d'hommes, plus de femmes mais des noirs et des blancs qui essaient de s'aimer physiquement et qui brise les barrières de l'histoire et des conformismes. La nouvelle écriture de ...more
queen esther
Sep 22, 2014 queen esther rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
“Making love to a Negro isn't frightening; sleeping with him is. Sleep is complete surrender. It's more than nude; it's naked. Anything can happen during the night, when reason sleeps.” - Dany Laferriere, How To Make Love To A Negro

the complete title of this book is how to make love to a negro without getting tired. apparently the combination of black men and white women bonking is fairly combustible subject matter the world over -- even canada's montreal, a place that constantly reassures us is
Jul 01, 2015 Monique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Depuis sa publication, le titre m'avait empêchée d'avoir envie de lire ce livre, même si je m'intéressais beaucoup à l'auteur (La bande des six, etc.). Après Pays sans chapeau, puis L'arôme du café, j'ai été amenée à mieux comprendre ce dont il s'agissait. Très heureuse découverte, qui a déclenché l'enchaînement chronologique d'à peu près tout ce qu'il avait écrit.
Hilary Bush
Jul 31, 2014 Hilary Bush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer
I enjoyed this book a lot actually but not because I thought it was funny or entertaining. He makes a lot of very on point examples of the racism in society. I however couldn't exactly justify his treatment of women--I get that he made a point, which was very valid, about the racial and gender structure, but he also comes accross as a mild-misogynist and at the end there was a scene with the potential for rape, which made me uncomfortable. I don't care about the consentual sex in the rest of the ...more
Luis Gurley
Jan 02, 2015 Luis Gurley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tout simplement génial!!!!! Un des meilleurs livre que j`ai lu pendent ma vie. Un vrai œuvre d`art vivant, Dany Laferrière montre ici un talent extraordinaire, il a certainement une prose très intelligente. Je suis très heureux d`avoir découvert ce grand écrivain Haïtien-Canadien. ...more
Rhapsody Phoenix
Mar 29, 2016 Rhapsody Phoenix rated it liked it
Very provactive satire. He is not afraid to go there, Dany Laferriere goes their, he uses the "N" word, he shows some of the psychological impact of racism, living in a society steeped in racist ethos and ideology, he unapologetically and sacastically explores the black/white dialectic, the lactification of consciousness and its plague on the psyche. There is no sugar coating it, he goes there without fear.
Louis Roussel
Sans doute la plus connue des oeuvres de Laferrière, Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre n'est pas son meilleur livre. Trop intellectuel, il y manque l'humour et le ton personnel qui deviendront plus tard la signature unique de Dany Laferrière.
Alex Marshall
May 01, 2014 Alex Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raunchy, funny, touching, penetrating (sic) discussion of noir et blanc/he. Written in 1985 in what sounds like a filthy squat in Montreal, the book's author is now the first Haitian/Canadian member of the Académie Francaise. Who knew?
Sep 05, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I met Dany at the Lit Festival in Montreal and he signed this copy. I loved the description of Montreal and the artists' lifestyle. True masterpiece. A must read and a short read. Classic.
Oct 20, 2015 Mathildewind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
super drôle. ça donne envie de lire tous les auteurs dont il d'écouter du jazz. écriture vivante.
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Né à Port-au-Prince en avril 1953, Dany Laferrière a grandi à Petit-Goâve. Il écrit pour le journal Le Petit Samedi soir et fait partie de l’équipe de Radio Haïti. Il quitte son pays natal à la suite de l’assassinat de son collègue et ami, le journaliste Gasner Raymond. Il s’installe au Québec où il occupe plusieurs emplois avant de commencer à écrire.

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“Fucking black was fucking exotic. And America loves to fuck exotic. Put black vengeance and white guilt together in the same bed and you had a night to remember!” 5 likes
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