The Chaneysville Incident
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
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 cata ...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 deep and resonating themes in this story. There i ...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
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
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.
I found The Chaneysville Incident to be a masterpiece of historical fiction. I came away from this read a richer and more learned person.
Jack is a natural storyteller, the keeper of the oral and folk history of the community and especially of Moses Washington. John becomes obsessed with the suicide death of Moses and, after Jack’s funera ...more
The book is multi-layered ...more
To greatly oversimplify the plot, a professional historian is searching for answers about the death of his father. The search has been going on since he was a teenager. He learned a lot, but key answers ...more
Still, you never know when you're going to read a book that you really like or that makes others pale in comparison. The Chaneysville Incident is such a novel.
I came to read The Chaneysville Incident aft ...more
I loved the way this was written. The he said and she said. Really we all talk that way. I lived in Southampton township. Artemis Pa to be exact. My oldest son was in kindergarten at Channysville Elementary. This was back in 1992. I became friends with a lot of the older mountain folks there. I grew up in Cumberland, these folks seemed backwards to new people on the mountain. However I understood it. My husband and I were a very young couple new to those mountains. We only lived in Artemas ...more
Two things about this book I really liked - the feeling that I (as a white person) was getting an insight into the culture and history of a black American. The main character lives with and loves a white woman, but he clearly does not trust or like white people - and the book gives many explanations of why he his feelings are what they are.
The second thing that was interesting wa ...more
I was thunder-struck as the topic--former black slaves who lived in this area, and a lively escape route for slaves. The book is intricate, involving a professor in Philadelphia whose surrogate father is dying. Because of that, John Washington travels to his ...more
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.