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Faith and the Good Thing

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Faith Cross, a beautiful and purely innocent young black woman, is told by her dying mother to go and get herself "a good thing." Thus begins an extraordinary pilgrim's progress that takes Faith from the magic and mysticism of the rural South to the promises and perils of modern-day Chicago. It is an odyssey that propels Faith from the degradation of prostitution, drugs, a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2001 by Free Press (first published 1974)
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Sep 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: language lovers
I read this book because it seemed like a short introduction to Charles Johnson (MacArthur Fellow, National Book Award Winner, genius...). Alas, spine width can be deceiving! Faith and the Good Thing feels like an extraordinarily rich and complex dream. The language enveloped my imagination andn made me want to savor every just perfect analogy. Sadly, I can't read books this way (give me plot or nothing!) and so I found it frustrating. A person who enjoys that kind of thing might find themselves ...more
Interesting. A real whirlwind of a book, with Faith going through a variety of experiences that we consider archetypes of femininity, as well as the harsh culture for a black woman in the seventies in Chicago. Highly philosophical, occasionally a little too much, but that's also the style of the book, and maybe it's just a personal problem. The concept of the Good Thing is discussed with complexity, and the themes are interwoven throughout in well thought out discussions of personal philosophies ...more
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a delightful mixture of human purpose, the importance of storytelling, allegory and wonderful prose. The reader is forced to consider his or her own "good thing" throughout the book, and compare/contrast it to Faith Cross's, deciding whether ours is tangible or intangible, changing or unchanging, or personal or impersonal. The long chapters made it a little difficult to get through, as there weren't many good places to set the book down, but the stories within are captivating, relev ...more
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Typisch gevalletje van jammer maar helaas. Het is een interessant verhaal dat heel onsamenhangend is verteld. Dit is tevens het eerste boek dat mij als lezer het gevoel gaf dat ik door het verhaal werd gekleineerd en betutteld. Ik meot zeggen dat ik dat als zeer onprettig heb ervaren.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
So unique, lots of magic and realism mixed together. I am still pondering it.
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
not what i was expecting having first read Johnson's "Middle Passage" -- this was somber and philosophical. But thought provoking.
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Charles R. Johnson is an American scholar and author of novels, short stories, and essays. Johnson, an African-American, has directly addressed the issues of black life in America in novels such as Middle Passage and Dreamer. Johnson first came to prominence in the 1960s as a political cartoonist, at which time he was also involved in radical politics. In 1970, he published a collection of cartoon