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Flight to Canada Paperback – June 2, 1998
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This outrageously wonderful book manages to dissect and skewer both America's past and present with an off-beat sense of purpose. Merely my second foray into Reed's body of work, he's rapidly climbing up my All Time Favourite Author list. I suppose this won't appeal to everyone in the John Grishman/E. Lyn Harris/Harry Potter set, but Flight to Canada does what great art should - challenge the beholder.
Reed tackles everything from the Civil War, Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the grand ol' south, the nature of slavery and slaves and demands the reader to push aside common held beliefs and take a fresh look at this much-studied (and much-rehashed) juncture of American History.
Bottom line - a hip and funny read that'll make you think. What more d'ya need?
The answer, at least in "Flight to Canada," was a resounding yes. In fact this novel, though shorter, may say more with less than Beatty's. Reed uses more flamboyant literary devices: conflating centuries is wild fun but also makes the institution of slavery seem even more bizarre and unconscionable than it would otherwise. Reed knows the minutae of history and sprinkles the novel with unlikely but accurate Civil War facts that fit in well with scenarios that include Greyhound Bus trips and television. Reed teases us with parallels: a slaveholder's son making an anthropological trip to Africa parallels Nelson Rockefeller's, Lincoln's assassination finds parallels in JFK's. The figure of old Abe, in fact, emerges as far less than heroic, but Jefferson Davis doesn't fare too well, either. If Reed expected his reader to see how the outrages of history blend so well with purely outlandish literary concoctions, he has succeeded with me. And moving the concept of one man owning another into relatively modern times (the 70s), or at least with modern references, as I said, brings home the real freakishness of the idea as nothing else could.Read more ›
Reed has taught me more about the civil war that anyone else has.
the blurring of fact and fiction was not confusing at all. The characters were alive and believable. I thought his depiction of the period was right on in a comical way. this is a book all african americans who appreciate literature should read. what a writer. I love raven quickskill!!![.]
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This book was used, but the condition was like new. The book is a great satirical look at race relations, as well as a look at the true meaning of slavery. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Kirk
"Flight to Canada" was one of the required reading for one of my literature classes. One debate that came up regularly during class discussions was whether Canada is used by Reed... Read morePublished on May 1, 2006 by libejin
It seems this book is quite the rage for modern American literature classes in universities today. I actually read it for American Literature to 1865 (it was assigned in tandem... Read morePublished on February 11, 2002