By Harry Crews
Deep within the sweltering Georgia swamplands stands Enigma, inhabitants 600. The Gospel Singer is coming domestic and the full city awaits his go back. And the freak exhibit that canine his tracks. And the putting of Willalee Bookatee, city preacher, for the brutal homicide and suspected rape of MaryBell Carter.
Harry Crews’ lengthy out-of-print first novel is violent, merciless, compassionate and savagely humorous. A devastating parable of lust, rage and man’s determined want for trust in salvation, regardless of the cost.
"The Gospel Singer is still one of many nice post-war fictional debuts. The paintings of a Flannery O'Connor on steroids." -John Williams, GQ
"Crews' so much thoroughly learned paintings of fiction." -The Independent
"Brutal and smart ... probably the most designated voices in smooth fiction." -The Observer
From Kirkus Reviews
This completely smooth macabre piece has the relentless fascination of a revival assembly. The surroundings is the small backwater city of Enigma, Georgia which has spawned one large query mark within the kind of "The Gospel Singer," golden haired, god-like whose mere voice can convey repentant singers to their knees or, if they're lovely, to his mattress. It's even being whispered that The Gospel Singer has the facility to heal finish now he's making one other of his bi-yearly journeys domestic. meanwhile Enigma has one other secret which it has solved to its unimaginative pride: why the "nigger" preacher stabbed MaryBell Carter sixty-one occasions. different characters stuck up during this southern tempest of lust, perversion and non secular hysteria are Gerd, the Gospel Singer's brother, who "wanted a Doris Day of his own," and is just too impossibly pimpled to get one; "The Foot," midget operator of the freak reasonable that follows the Gospel Singer's course making the most of the crowds; Didymus, the Gospel Singer's supervisor, escapee from an asylum and self-styled monk who nurtures the Gospel Singer's divinity. A bitterly caustic piece approximately males grabbing at a saving grace and a guy who makes use of his unusual reward to result in his personal self-degradation. The Gospel Singer is one libretto you won't simply fail to remember.
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The Gospel Singer by Harry Crews