What can you say about Langston Hughes? He isn’t a perfect writer as there is no such thing. A man born after the turn of the 20th century, but knew...more What can you say about Langston Hughes? He isn’t a perfect writer as there is no such thing. A man born after the turn of the 20th century, but knew of the plight of the Negroes (his words not mine). These stories are the culmination of the interaction between whites and Negroes, in the city, on the farm, in richness and poverty. It didn’t matter if the characters were white, black, or mixed – whether they lived together or were strangers, Hughes had a profound gift of cultural syntax. The down south slave dialect is difficult to write well, but Hughes manages it with as much skill as the snooty rich whites of Boston.
The sun rose burning and blazing, flooding the earth with the heat of early autumn, making even the morning oppressive. Folks got out of bed feeling like over-ripe fruit. (Father and Son)
Hughes tells his stories in poignant honesty with few true happy endings. To understand the human condition and write it in depth takes a true storyteller. He created stories of pathetic white people and downtrodden black. Some stories with little interaction between the two and others with deep genetic and emotional bindings. I like to believe that we, as an American society have grown away from lynchings, labels and that horrid n-word that I refuse to write, even though Hughes used it often. However, I do not have the knowledge to say that these things never happen anymore. Even though these precious literary gifts were written in the 1930’s, they still reach into the heart of people today. This honest human portrayal never goes out of style. I can’t say that I feel good after reading Langston Hughes, but I do not regret allowing myself to feel what flows from the words to inside of me. (less)
As with all of Herriot's story collections, Cat Stories immerges with twinges of every emotion you could possibly feel when involved with the feline s...moreAs with all of Herriot's story collections, Cat Stories immerges with twinges of every emotion you could possibly feel when involved with the feline species. His words ring true and touching. Always worth going back to. I think I've read it at least six times.(less)