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by Mark Goldblatt

  • ISBN: 157962037X
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Mark Goldblatt
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Permanent Pr Pub Co; 1st Edition edition (February 2002)
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • FB2 size: 1795 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. An anonymous white sociologist conducts a series of weekly interviews with Africa Ali, in which the d black man discusses his adventures.

Goldblatt’s first novel, Africa Speaks, was published by Permanent Press in 2002

Goldblatt engaging audience at New York book signing. Goldblatt’s first novel, Africa Speaks, was published by Permanent Press in 2002. It a satire of black urban culture told in the voice of a young black man named Africa Ali. In her blurb for Africa Speaks, Michelle Malkin stated, "With an uncanny knack for the hip-hop idiom, stiletto-sharp satire, unusual sensitivity, and unparalleled courage in tackling racial taboos, Mark Goldblatt has created a masterpiece.

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I found this book compelling and convincing. Its stark portrayal of the logical consequences of the rap ethos, its bleak humor, and its engaging characters take this beyond the question of idiom or stereotype

Africa Ali, known to his high-school teacher dad as Kevin, is a. .

Africa Ali, known to his high-school teacher dad as Kevin, is a bright guy and small-time dealer, 23, full of himself, black pride, and the dawgs in the 149th Street Crew he calls his family. As the series of interviews proceeds, Africa occasionally delegates others from his crew to speak for him: Keisha tells about how Africa saved her from having zero self-esteem after she tried to help a girlfriend whose child was murdered by its father; intellectual Jerome delivers the Black Power message but also spills the beans about what happened to Dexter; Fast Eddy reports.

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An anonymous white sociologist conducts a series of weekly interviews with Africa Ali, in which the twenty-three-year-old black man discusses his adventures, loves, beliefs, and the "dawgs" in the 149th Street Crew he calls family.
Reviews about Africa Speaks (7):
I wouldn't be writing this review except for the last couple of reviews which imply that Goldblatt should not have written this because he's white, or that he doesn't get the language of hip hop exactly right. I read this book right after it came out, and I am a big time fan of hip hop, and I can tell you he got the language just right. Not to say he got it exactly the way it's spoken on the street. If he tried to do that, the book would have been dated before it ever got published--since hip hop slang changes every week. (That's one of hip hop's strengths.) What Goldblatt does is he invents a kind of essential hip hop language--close enough to sound real but still understandable to non-hip hop fans. Then he uses that language to tell the story of Africa Ali, who is the main narrator. The things Africa says may not be pretty, but they're true in the way that only fiction can be true; they're true to the character of Africa. It's easy to say, but I'll say it anyway: I personally guarantee you'll laugh out loud and cry out loud in the course of reading this book. You'll love every character in the book, and you'll root for them, and you'll read the book over and over just to hear their voices again. This is everything ia classic should be. And if you don't read it because other readers, with axes to grind, put you off it, it will be your loss.
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This book is superb. Although it is ostensibly a satire on black culture, it achieves a warmth and humanity that is usually alien to that genre. The characters are deeply engaging, so much so, that their failings are not to be sneered at, but rather lamented. It is as if the author has taken us behind the often grim exterior of "blackness" and revealed the humor, the humanity, and most importantly, the squandered potential that lies behind. And we owe that insight to the fact that this writer has great compassion for his characters. The novel is satire at its most educative, and most humane.
The book also moves at an incredible pace. Part of that is derived from the gripping storyline as it is advanced by the protagonist in his monologues. It is also due to Goldblatt's adept handling of black speech. The editorial blurb on the book jacket asserting that Goldblatt "has an ear for idiom" is an understatement, indeed. I highly recommend this novel.
This debut novel, a "gangsta" narrative of a street-smart, young black man written by a white biblical scholar, is a disturbing indictment of the insidious influence of an American subculture. Through a series of monologues, Africa and his friends reflect on the American black experience. His "rap-sodies" are in turn funny, exasperating, ignorant and poignant. Through these multi-layered distorted mirrors, the reader must deduce the reality of their existence, which is mired in the stereotypes, illusions and delusions of racism. And though Africa sees himself as a rebel of society, he is, in fact, a prisoner of his misguided philosophy.

Africa speaks to "get the truth out", but in doing so, he denies it. Yet despite his words and his threats, we are able to see his doubts and his suffering. And though he never transcends his own "nigga" world, Africa, for us, becomes tragically human.
The author is extremely biased, the concept is laughable
This novella about New York City Blacks is not like most novels. It has no rising action, no climax and no denoument. It is, however, interesting and informative. The story is told in the first person as the characters speak to an anonymous interviewer-researcher who is invisible to the reader.
Several points of view are revealed that exist within the Black culture. The radicals believe that the ancient Nubians invented everything worthwhile and the Greeks stole it all, and that some day Blacks will be on top again and everything will be cool because "brothers know how to work things out." Others don't buy any of this and don't see the world as black or white. They just want to get along and prosper as best they can.
There are some shockers here for readers not familiar with radical Black politics. Africa Ali, the main character, tells us that the Jews invented AIDS for the CIA to kill Castro. When that didn't work the CIA used it in Africa to kill Africans. Whites are the root of all evil but "there's nothing lower than Jews," Africa tells us. We can see inside the Black world through the personal narratives of the characters. Young Blacks have to face the need to succeed in a white-majority world while at the same time submit to peer pressure not to act white.
The book gives us an idea of how young Blacks feel about each other and about other ethnic groups. Only Blacks themselves can say whether or not the author got it right. It is not a put-down, but rather an attempt to help us understand the cultural differences. Whites should stop trying to act Black and should stop expecting Blacks to act white. Blacks should realize that the vast majority of whites have no wish to return to the days of racial prejudice nor do they want to repeal any of the advancements in racial equality enacted over the past forty years. If the divisive and sensitive racial issues of today are ever to be worked out, the solutions will only come after we reach this kind of mutual understanding.
The highest compliment I can pay this book is to reveal that I stopped reading it for a few weeks. Why? Because Mark Goldblatt's uncanny ear for the speech patterns of the fictional (yet vividly and insufferably real) Africa Ali sent me searching -- so to speak -- for a quieter subway car. That's not to say that Africa and the sad segment of society he represents is irredeemable. It's merely to state that people like me -- successful white males with the ability to understand and perhaps even change society -- don't want to do the redeeming: Africa and his friends can either shut up and do their thing somewhere else or I can just move to the next subway car. In that sense, Mark Goldblatt gets us to see that we are all part of both a problem and a great societal failure: Africa and I may be drinking from the same water fountain nowadays, but that's where it ends.

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