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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (October 27, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679730850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679730859
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,651,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Albert Murray's melodic, synchronistic universe of The Spyglass Tree, the second novel of his semi-autobiographical trilogy, Scooter is the ecstatic, signifying, smile-cracking, knowledge-devouring, hard-working eyewitness and proclaimer of goodness in the midst of the darkest days of Jim Crow. He voraciously pursues his studies at a university alerted by the chiming of the same plantation bell that metered the lives of slaves only generations before. Scooter is still the kid in the chinaberry tree in Gasoline Point cataloguing what he could and couldn't see from the most prestigious perch in his yard but his vision has expanded and he desperately and joyfully identifies and names every good thing, every good person, everyone who ever worked with him and contributed and cared and challenged him to get where he knew he could get. Ask yourself, whatever color yourself is, what kind of image of young African American males you'd have if the only information; visual, written or aural was pulled from your daily surfing of the internet. When you think about the word "intellectual" what images come to mind? It's as if Murray knew, because his universe is simultaneously past, present and future, that no one would believe that these outwardly cool, hip, jook joint jiving young black men were smarter than "all y'all" combined, to quote my friends in the South, so he proves it by frantically but carefully and precisely documenting every book, discipline, artistic nuance, sensibility, skill and discovery of Scooter and his classmates whose insular academic community existed almost invisibly within a Southern white world that all too often relegated the entire student body to the mythological realm of no good n-----s.Read more ›
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