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Les Flagellants

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Feminist and civil rights activist Charlene Hatcher Polite interrogates the violent conflicts at the intersection of race and gender in her first novel The FlagellantsIdeal and Jimson are a young black couple living in New York City whose escalating verbal and physical clashes reflect the casual brutality inflicted on African Americans Di. BURIEDSurprisingly good 'Surprisingly' because it came out of nowhere I don't recall uite how I stumbled upon the title Shelved way back in '15 The Village Bookshop found a copy ; out of the blue like I said She's an AfricanAmerican living in Paris writing in English Novel first pub'd in French That was all late '60s This Ed from Beacon again in 1987 Still with a score of 133And it's good It's good in that sense that I'd call it experimental It's good in the sense that it don't run on cliche It's good in the sense that it's got good stuff going on in it Subjectively I picked this up knowing my mind didn't want to do any work Any analytical work Any kind of 'understanding' So thank the litgods this weren't no plotbased thing that I had to pay attention to This was prose Readinglistening So if you ask me what it's about I'll be here Because that's not how I was reading it I suggest though that it is totally worthy of reading in that manner you have in mind Me I was of no mind to read closely or deeply This is the kind of book I want when I can't pay attention I can listen to it and need not master it Seek this out Naturally The BBC And Ali come back Ali

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Bitter antagonism between black men and women a theme later taken up by Toni Morrison and Alice WalkerOriginally published in France to critical acclaim and only later in the US The Flagellants is at once a scathing critiue of black masculinity and femininity race relations in the 1960s and invented dichotomies across the human experienc. A challenging but necessary read

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Smissed by some for its experimental nonlinear style and dense dialect The Flagellants was praised by others for its powerful voice of rage against an oppressive society As The New York Times Book Review noted upon its publication the book was among the first fictional works by a black woman to focus directly on the theme of the sometimes. A funny grotesue surreal existential banger about masochism race and racism being Black in America sex and misogyny and the self devouring sicknesses embedded deep in American culture Totally not something I would likely have read or even heard of if I hadn't been assigned it as part of a class; definitely something I'm very grateful to have had to read


About the Author: Carlene Hatcher Polite

Carlene Hatcher Polite was an American writerIn 1964 Polite moved to Paris where her first book The Flagellants was published in French in 1966 and was subseuently published in English in 1967 The book received critical acclaim with Mel Watkins in The New York Times Book Review stating it was “a complex scathing and often brilliant depiction of the disintegration of a black couple’s relation



7 thoughts on “Les Flagellants

  1. says:

    BURIEDSurprisingly good 'Surprisingly' because it came out of nowhere I don't recall uite how I stumbled upon the title Shelved way back in '15 The Village Bookshop found a copy ; out of the blue like I said She's an AfricanAmerican living in Paris writing in English Novel first pub'd in French That was all late '60s This Ed from Beacon again in 1987 Still with a score of 133And it's good It's good in that sense that I'd call it experimental It's good in the sense that it don't run on cliche It's good in the sense that it's got good stuff going on in it Subjectively I picked this up knowing my mind didn't want to do any work Any analytical work Any kind of 'understanding' So thank the litgods this weren't no plotbased thing that I had to pay attention to This was prose Readinglistening So if you ask me what it's about I'll be here ? Because that's not how I was reading it I suggest though that it is totally worthy of reading in that manner you have in mind Me I was of no mind to read closely or deeply This is the kind of book I want when I can't pay attention I can listen to it and need not master it Seek this out Naturally The BBC And Ali come back Ali


  2. says:

    Really 35 I hate grades Although first published in France The Flagellants is nonetheless a thoroughly American novel and one very much of its times 1960s Hatcher Polite theorizes a version of Black Liberation that concerns itself with the self and the couple as both fatally enmeshed in yet separate from the community with and within which they struggle to define and enact their freedom She chooses as her protagonists Ideal and Jimson a man and woman who throughout the novel perform a sadomasochistic dance with it seems full knowledge and consent that we their audience must play our part too that of voyeurs As noted in the introduction' by Claudia Tate Ideal and Jimson's uests for self definition have to contend with the psychological debris of American racism and its history of slavery As a black man and woman they have been liberated to their own species of 20th century alienation Tate claims that Flagellation was one of the first novels to probe uestions of freedom that lie outside the perimeter of civil liberties Words such as liberation and alienation in and of themselves evoke that time half a century ago when many Americans particularly the young and disenfranchised thought that they could remake their world and establish for themselves a new different freer and self fulfilling place within itThe novel is modernist in style dialogic in form shuffling back forth between Jimson's and Ideal's points of view and uasi stream of consciousness in its techniue Hatcher Polite's prose is often jazz inflected and even poetic in the sense of its musicality and evocativeness eg The good answer blew a succulent sound down through the center of their common growl Jimson since you want to be succulently involved in petals open and display your pistils Flower me minute flecks of yellow dust Jimson is of the black middle class spoiled child he was given his own car at 16 self described poet dabbler in attitude play actor he has acuired a West Indian accent One might label him a sado idealist with an inner child enthrall to feelings of inadeuacy Jimson doesn't ever work really He feels that mundane jobs that might pay the bills are beneath him He finally secures a sinecure at the Bureaucratiue a job uniuely fitted to his talent for doing nothing On the job he writes poetry with titles such as A Byzantine Lady Under Glass Ideal has a hometown comes from Black Bottom comes out of history She and her first husband Adam ran away from their town's cultural provincialism to the Big City the Big Apple The Village Ideal is a dancer before she meets Jimson also married and before they take up together and become locked into their own dance of mental and sometimes physical flagellation Because of his phony accent Ideal doesn't at first take Jimson for an American Negro Because of her light skin color Jimson first takes Ideal to be Puerto Rican It may be significant to their relationship that they come by their difference differently he through performance she by way of history Prior to Jimson's employment at the Bureaucratiue Ideal is the breadwinner in the household She unlike her man seems willing to defer the Ideal in order to cope with the reality of day by day survival And it is after Jimson insists that she stay home to be exclusively his housewife that her alcoholism jealousy and psychological dis ease push her over the edge She may or may not kick Jimson out at the end What a relief if she does Which is not to say that Ideal is any sympathetic a character than Jimson It's just that she is ultimately better euipped to do what's necessary


  3. says:

    “An hysterical woman is a bitch without a peer”So penned Carlene Hatcher Polite the Lispector of Detroit as I have taken to calling her The Flagellants is assumably gathers its nutrients from the author’s relationship with poet Allen Polite listed as mentor of Amiri Baraka teeming with similar bullshit and the Bureaucratiue of the novel is seemingly in reference to Polite’s position working at the United NationsBefore Beyonce and Jay Z were the Afric Virgo Sagittarius love story there was Ideal and Jimson but myths have no patents parents and biographies are not novelsThe Black heterosexual couple is cracked and it cracked on the auction blocks but Polite does not bed with history The psychology behind Black men and their investigation behind their castration is well charted here if not leaving the mystery of who is holding the handle still murky For Ideal is trying to document Jimson’s crime unbeknowst that he is after the same thing Flagellation anchorites and the Black artist as wedded to suffering We have got parts now back to the manual


  4. says:

    A funny grotesue surreal existential banger about masochism race and racism being Black in America sex and misogyny and the self devouring sicknesses embedded deep in American culture Totally not something I would likely have read or even heard of if I hadn't been assigned it as part of a class; definitely something I'm very grateful to have had to read


  5. says:

    Read this book for my Black Arts Movement class Within the context of this class the book was interesting breaking into new novel structures abandoning traditional plot and dialogue It's a bold book It reads like poetry than prose Like a long tangled poetic rant about race politics feminism


  6. says:

    A challenging but necessary read


  7. says:

    on the real side


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