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The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle
The Ballad of Black Tom
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4.33 105
Format: Kindle Edition
ISBN: 9780765386618
ASIN: B0166PX1Z8
Publisher: Tor
Pages no: 152
Edition language: English
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Carmilla Reads
Carmilla Reads rated it
5.0 Black Tom and Racism in Lovecraft's Mythos
I think Victor Lavalle sums up perfectly the intent of this novella in its dedication - “For H.P. Lovecraft, with all my conflicted feelings.” This story is set in New York in the 1920s. Charles Thomas Tester is a man from Harlem who earns money to support himself and his prematurely aging father ...
Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it
4.0 "The Ballad Of Black Tom" by Victor LaValle
"The Ballad Of Black Tom" is a powerful novella which appropriates H, P, Lovecraft's occult lore and ancient gods and places a young black man at the centre of the story. I'm not a Lovecraft fan but I was fascinated by the way Victor LaValle took possession and Lovecraft's world and used it to ex...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.5 Okay that was good
I am not a huge Lovecraft fan. I'm not a Lovecraft fan at all. I understand why he is a touchstone and all that, but yeah, he's not for me. So outside of the two characters, there are probably some Lovecraft references I missed.This is a fine book about racism, society, and what society makes people...
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink rated it
3.0 The Ballad of Black Tom; Or, Red Hook Reimagined
LaValle's re-imagining of Lovecraft brings race to the forefront, and the results are disturbing and sadly quite timely. The world Tom Tester walks through, and the trials he faces, were painful to behold. Ultimately I was far more invested in Tester's story than any of the Lovecraftian horror eleme...
Kaethe rated it
5.0 The Ballad of Black Tom - Victor LaValle  
These days we know from ranting, gibbering, racist, sexist, nasty-ass old men horrifying their friends and relations with pointless cruel stupidity, stunning everyone at the festive holiday gathering into silence. LaValle answers Lovecraft's most vile, offensive story, with a work of terrible beauty...
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