Flying Home and Other Stories Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
©1996 The Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust. Introduction ©1996 John F. Callahan. (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
Flying is easy if there is no buzzard on the wayReviewed in the United States on 5 October 2000
Ralph Ellison is a great writer. In this collection of old short stories we see him grow and develop under our own eyes. He deals with the problem of racial relations and of race definitions with a tact and humor that make some of his stories extremely funny. But some others are dramatic and deal with a more general and abstract matter. The title story is typical of that. A black pilot is confronted to all kinds of reactions, from his dead father, from a vulture that crashed his plane, from the white owner of the field where he crashes, from the blacks who try to solve his problem : he broke his ankle in the accident. The father is being humorous about heaven and white Saint Peter. The white owner is deeply racist and brings two « nurses » from a psychiatric hospital since a black man has to become crazy if he flies. The black witnesses are just trying to help the poor fallen pilot without getting any antagonism from the white owner, which is not exactly easy. In each story we find such situations that bring racism to the fore or that reveals the « education » a black man has to go through to become « adapted » to this racist society, to make himself, if not invisible, at least unconspicuous. Those stories are worth a little voyage into this writing that we see building itself stone by stone. Of course the real walls are the novels, but here are the handy tasks that shaped Ralph Ellison's hand and pen for the novels. Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, Paris Universities II and IX.
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D. B. Patterson
Good collectionReviewed in the United States on 16 February 2017
Great collection of his early work. Good to read before tackling Invisible Man.
Good buyReviewed in the United States on 22 October 2015
Jazz in proseReviewed in the United States on 17 March 2017
Good stuff! Full of tasty riffs as on!y the master can deliver. Ranging in characters like Buster and Riley, train hopping bums and the first African American pilots, this is a read that will grab you and keep you in its grip. Only downer is that this collection is far too short.