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And Then We Heard the Thunder
And Then We Heard the Thunder follows the dreams, lies, and anguish of black World War II GI Solomon Sanders during his tour of duty in Indochina, Australia, and the United States. Harvard-trained in the law and a political moderate, Sanders is married to an upper-middle-class black woman who pushes him to "make something of himself" by becoming an Army officer. Given his ...more
Paperback, 495 pages
Published December 31st 1983 by Howard University Press
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While this book is sometimes sloppily written (some jarring POV shifts, some less than lucid description, and one or two overwritten scenes), at other points it shines with emotion and intelligence. I'm starting to see a pattern with postwar Afro American literature: capable, sensitive protagonist confronts a very realistic hell within a revisioned history. The results are chilling and appropriate to what would become called the black aesthetic. Killens' greatest achievement, in my mind, is play ...more
I can't do better than the review on the title link. I read this while on active duty in the United States Air Force as a young NCO stationed in middle Georgia in the mid 1970s. I still vividly remember my feelings as I read this, the feeling of kinship I felt with the characters in Killen's story and the closeness I felt with other blacks in the military as the Vietnam war ended and I reflected on my own experiences overseas and in the South in the U.S.
“the houses much smaller and meek and timid and nondescript, and even the trees were scantily clad.”
“he hated the phony patriots, the goddamn goose-stepping flag-waving patriots, who really loved the status quo more than they loved the country and its promises unfulfilled.”More quotes…