- Series: New York Review Books Classics
- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: NYRB Classics; 2nd edition (January 31, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590171349
- ISBN-13: 978-1590171349
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood on the Forge (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – January 31, 2005
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"In his Blood on the Forge, William Attaway presents with skill the impact of industrial life on the simple black folk who fled the plantations of the South….[I]t will add…a new and better knowledge of American civilization. The reality that Attaway depicts is not beautiful, but it is none the less moving and human for that." —Richard Wright
"Spanning two areas and eras of Negro experience, those of the semi-feudal plantation and the industrial urban environment, Attaway’s source material receives its dynamic movement from the clash of two modes of economic production. The characters are caught in the force of a struggle which, like the steel furnace, roars throughout its pages….Attaway has proven himself one of the most gifted Negro writers." —Ralph Ellison
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First published in 1941, this is a scalding, uncompromising novel of the Great Migration and its impact on the Southern black man. With a new introduction by Nicholas Lemann, author of the award-winning The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration And How It Changed America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although racism and class struggle are important themes in the novel, the story is about much more than that. If is fundamentally the story of three very different brothers, bonded by family ties and shared lives, but torn apart by their unique experiences. Chinatown must cope with injuries inflicted by hot steel, leaving him feeling less than whole. Big Mat must cope with his own feelings of inadequacy, his inability to give the Mexican woman who moves in with him the moneyed lifestyle that she craves, a feeling he can only overcome with the sense of power he derives from violent behavior. As he struggles to find his music, Melody must cope with the desire he feels for the woman who is living with Big Mat, and with the secret he learns about her.
Attaway tells the story from the perspectives of the brothers, using language that is eloquent in its simplicity. The story is powerful, sad and moving, unforgettable. At the end of the fast moving novel I literally said "Wow."