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Tag Archives: Chester Himes

Going to hell with Chester Himes

The hero of Lonely Crusade, the last of the realist novels Chester Himes wrote before he created his own brand of surreal crime fiction, is not a hero until the … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

A difficult writer

Up to the age of thirty-one I had been hurt emotionally, spiritually and physically as much as thirty-one years can bear. I had lived in the South, I had fallen down … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary, 11 February 2015

I have just read in quick succession two books by Chester Himes, an author whose name was vaguely familiar to me but whose novels I had never read. One was … Continue reading

February 11, 2015 · Leave a comment