The Chaneysville Incident
"The Chaneysville Incident rivals Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon as the best novel about the black experience in America since Ellison's Invisible Man." — Christian Science Monitor
The legends say something happened in Chaneysville. The Chaneysville Incident is the powerful story of one man's obsession with discovering what that somethin ...more
I'm not sure what bothered me the most about The Chaneysville Incident, and how much what bothered me was related to the fact that I do for a living what the protagonist does (historian). Clearly that is part of it, because Bra ...more
What Bradley successfully brings off are his characterizations of Blacks Moses Washington and his grandfather C.K. (Brobdinag) Washington, each with at least one if not both ...more
There are deep and resonating themes in this story. There i ...more
The professor (author) forgot to leave the lecture hall before he started to write this book. Many digressions to unimportant or completely irrelevant bits of history. As a child the main characters is certainly believable and sympathetic, but he loses on both fronts as an adult who hates much deeply & without reason, is still waiting for emancipation from whitey, and uses alcohol (from, or instead of, breakfast, til he goes to bed and all points in between) as a catalyst ...more
Feb 21 2010, 4:30 PM ET
I started off the week talking about allegory and Ralph Ellison, so it's only right that I spend a little time talking about a work that got pegged as a successor to Invisible Man. Written by David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident hit bookshelves in 1981. At least one review compared it favorably to Ellison's signature work and the two of them share a feverish quality that comes from wrestling with the long-term historical effects of r ...more
There are two mysteries in the book.
The first concerns the past. The graves of thirteen escaped slaves were found in a small town in rural Pennsylvania (on the border--near the Undergroun ...more
It's a densely written novel -- some pages have no indentation at all with lengthy soliloquies -- but much in a storyteller guise. Very pertinent in these days when BLM no longer means Bureau of Land Management (to this long-time dwe ...more
White & African American...history and feelings...incidents and reactions...history...and hopefully for the reader, increased understanding.
Walking in another's shoes...so essential to understanding, acceptance and moving forward. ...more
One cannot help seeing its author in its protagonist, unforgiving, yet utterly cracked and flawed to the point where one wonders why anyone would spend time and/or affection on such an unrepentant misanthrope.
One really cool thing about reading this after taking a course with Mr. Bradley: His magnum opus is modeled after Melville's Moby Dick , so you see in these pages what he means when he says "Moby Dick is a master text." Like the bible, or the di ...more
It tells of John, Johns father and grandfather . And an old man that helped John in many ways.
You feel sorry for the white woman who loves John because he won't let her enter his world or his past world. Why he won't let her is never really stated, but there is a lot in the book that isn't stated and the reader must take the clues and find his answer.
To me the book was hard t ...more
I found The Chaneysville Incident to be a masterpiece of historical fiction. I came away from this read a richer and more learned person.
American author (b. 1950) and professor of creative writing who wrote South Street (1975) and The Chaneysville Incident (1981)
Full name is David H. Bradley, Jr.
Do not confuse with the other authors of the same name.