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Product Details

  • Series: American Literature Series
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564786374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564786371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Blessings, aka Bear, is getting on in years, a process made worse by diabetes. He is still on the job as a television political cartoonist, although he was pressured into retiring his longtime radical cartoon, Attitude the Badger, and introducing the slightly less abrasive character Koots Badger. Astute and cantankerous, he is epically obsessed with O. J. (�The Juice�) Simpson and the debacle of his trials, a fixation that has alienated his family and friends and endangered his job. Reed, a multitalented satirist, provocateur, and author of more than two dozen books about African American life and culture, is positively gleeful here as his irresistible trickster alter ego breaks down the toxic implications of the Simpson case and rails against American racism, hypocrisy, greed, and corruption. Punctuated by incidents hilarious, barbed, dramatic, and sweet, Bear�s far-roaming, deep-digging, jazzy rant allows Reed to slyly map the ripple effects of the 1990s, track how and why O. J. became an icon of social ills, protest the evisceration of journalism, and celebrate the tenacity and mettle of artists of conscience and freedom. --Donna Seaman


“Seemingly tired of arguments about 'identity politics', and being forced "to rally around the flag of black brotherhood', Reed's mischievous energetic prose transforms Juice! into an engaging, troubling and innovative novel.” (The Times Literary Supplement)

More About the Author

Ishmael Reed (b. 1938) is an acclaimed multifaceted writer whose work often engages with overlooked aspects of the American experience. He has published ten novels, including Flight to Canada and Mumbo Jumbo, as well as plays and collections of essays and poetry. He was nominated for a National Book Award in both poetry and prose in 1972. Conjure (1972), a volume of poetry, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and his New and Collected Poems: 1964-2006 (2007) received a Gold Medal from the Commonwealth Club of California. Reed has also received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Blues Song Writer of the Year award from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the National Institute for Arts and Letters, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Reed taught at the University of California, Berkeley, for thirty-five years and currently lives in Oakland, California.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The bard of Santa barbara on May 6, 2011
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As you read this book you are cast back to the murky days of the OJ trial. The case is made from a black perspective that OJ was framed, and those that think him guilty are white deniers of the evidence. My personal white man's reaction was maybe he's right and I moved from the position clearly guilty to probably but maybe not. Then I realize this is a novel. It is not about facts, but the racial divide that "colors" how we perceive the world. I am a white guy who rarely thinks along these lines. I suppose that is the privilege of being white. If you are black in America, you are daily reminded of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DA on May 10, 2011
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Ishmael Reed is one of the most important men of letters in America. His oeuvre contains fiction, poetry, plays, journalism, polemic, and more. This is his first novel in a long time, and it delivers. Reed addresses subjects familiar to his readers: problems of media, culture, race, and politics in modern America. While his last novel Japanese by Spring was a satire of academia, `Juice!' focuses on race and the media, specifically the legacy of the OJ Simpson trial. Reed should be listed next to Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, and Thomas Pynchon as one of the great living writers in America. This is a must-have for any fiction collection. For fans of Thomas Pynchon and Ralph Ellison.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jmwh on September 9, 2012
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Ishmael Reed's recent novel, Juice!, is an excellent example of the social satire that Reed does so well. The tongue-in-cheek, carefully crafted writing is fast-paced and filled with double entendres and word play that holds the readers' attention as fully as the plot itself.
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