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Blake: or; The Huts of America

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Delaney's hero is a West Indian slave who travels throughout the South advocating revolution, and later becomes the general of a black insurrectory fore in Cuba. Blake hopes that, with rebellion in Cuba and the expulsion of all Americans, Cuba's model as a self-governed black state will ultimately precipitate the downfall of slavery in the United States.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 1971 by Beacon Press (first published November 30th 1969)
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Nancy Oakes
What an amazing find! For more you can click here to go my reading journal; if not, continue on.

This is a difficult book to rate, so I'm not going to give it a star number. First, there are a lot of things I don't really care for in the writing, but on the other hand, to me this is an important work that for some reason or another has lapsed into obscurity, despite the fact that the author has been labeled as "the father of American Black nationalism." It has also been stated that
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The word I believe best describes Blake: or, the Huts of America is... "uneven." The introduction prepares us for this. It notifies us that Delany, formerly an associate of Frederick Douglass's, published the book in installments in at least two separate newspapers and did so while his own political platform and vision for the future of enslaved black Americans were in flux. And it forewarns us that the novel's last two chapters remain undiscovered. The Beacon Press includes a note pleading for ...more
Brian Tucker
Dec 04, 2015 Brian Tucker rated it did not like it
Least favorite book of all-time.
Erika
Jan 08, 2013 Erika rated it liked it
Shelves: dissertation
Useful but really, really problematic
Andrew
Jul 30, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
I just don't know what to think of Delany's Blake. It's overt subversion of Beecher Stowe is notable and interesting to trace. But his overall sense of prose is rather one-dimensional and bland. And I just cannot reconcile the gradual disintigration of plot, character (Henry/Blake), and overal political purpose in the second half of the book. Maybe I just need to mull over it some more and perhaps survey some other readings of the text, but I was left ultimately frustrated and bored. Maybe, in s ...more
Jer
Nov 16, 2008 Jer rated it did not like it
No.
Sarah
Apr 17, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
This is one of the lost gems of African-American literature. It's a fascinating read, and the main character is really interesting. I especially like the second part, set in Cuba, in which Blake sets up a revolutionary organization and plans a government. The discussions sometimes sound like a nineteenth century version of West Wing. The novel was originally published serially in a newspaper, and the ending (along with the issues it is assumed to have appeared in) has been lost.
Grace Heneks
Oct 19, 2015 Grace Heneks rated it it was ok
Ugh
Greg
Jun 04, 2008 Greg rated it liked it
Wow, this one is interesting. Written by a black man in 1859, it is about a freed slave who goes around the South sowing the seeds of slave insurrection. Good stuff--inspired by Vessey, John Brown, Nat Turner and other men who attempted to rebel against slavery. Had to have been pretty shocking for its time, though not surprising, given the state of the nation. Page after page of slave dialogue can be tough to read, though.
Robert Brown
Oct 21, 2009 Robert Brown rated it really liked it
eng 331, book 7 or something,

Definitely the best novel I've read all semester. I'd recommend it to any fan of 19th century lit (I'm not one of these people, by the way).
Kevin M
Mar 23, 2016 Kevin M rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics, slavery
Maybe 3.5. Good story. Important book for "the Black Atlantic" and diaspora study. But the language makes this book fairly difficuly and very dry to read.
Beth
May 18, 2016 Beth rated it liked it
The dialect definitely slowed me down, but I really wanted to find out what happened when Henry's plan came together.
Autumn
Nov 18, 2011 Autumn rated it liked it
Very bland characters.
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