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The Intruder

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A fascinating portrait of mid-1950s America by the iconic Charles Beaumont.

He was a leader of men, but he was evil. He was a stranger, but he brought lust and love, rape and hate to this quiet southern town. He was... the intruder.

It was a sleepy southern town with nice folks and good schools. Then the intruder arrived from the North. With him came trouble, fear, and hate
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Published 1959 by Dell
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Ralph Carlson
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book. Its message is just as powerful today as it was in 1959 when it was first published. A fantastic read from a great but short lived writer who wrote many of the best original TWILIGHT ZONE shows.
Feb 05, 2015 marked it as to-read
I’ve watched the movie by Corman (1962), based on the book.

Mr Cramer, the main character played by W. Shatner, arrives to Caxton with a sort of “mission”: to promote racial hate, it seems. He’s got all the seducing techniques you can imagine. He’s an agitator; a master instigator. He intrudes upon the psyche of the people and the life of this small place; soon, black people are in a dire situation; ads start saying: “nigger out!".
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
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Andrew Lind
Jun 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I will warn you, this book does contain the N-word A LOT. I picked this book up for two reasons.

1. A friend recommended it to me
2. As soon as I found out Charles Beaumont use to be a writer for the original TWILIGHT ZONE TV-series, I wanted to check out what he had done.

The story is a fictional work about the end of segregation in the south. The interaction between the characters is what makes the book as well as the twist ending. If I said any more, I would ruin the story for you.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles Beaumont signe un bon livre très bien écrit sur : la ségrégation racial, la manipulation des masses et le populisme. J'ai adoré ce livre ! L'auteur à transmis et développer ses thématiques avec brio. Maintenant, j'espère que d'autres livres de Beaumont seront réédités ou traduits, comme ses nouvelles de science-fiction. ...more
Mikey J.
Solid read about a piece of shit who starts trouble in a school district on the eve of racial integration. Told very much from a white perspective. 3 1/2 stars, if only Goodreads allowed for it.
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Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adulé par Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison ou Roger Corman, Charles Beaumont est un écrivain au parcours foisonnant et original. Né Charles Leroy Nutt à Chicago en 1929, Beaumont abandonne très vite le lycée et multiplie les petits jobs avant de se consacrer à l'écriture. C'est en 1950 qu'il vend l'une de ses histoires au magazine Amazing stories, une étape décisive sur la route du succès. En 1954, son récit Black Country est la première œuvre de fiction à paraître dans le journal Playboy. Beaumont ...more
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Charles Beaumont was born Charles Leroy Nutt in Chicago in 1929. He dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and worked at a number of jobs before selling his first story to Amazing Stories in 1950. His story “Black Country” (1954) was the first work of short fiction to appear in Playboy, and his classic tale “The Crooked Man” appeared in the same magazine the following year. Beaumont publish ...more

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