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Read In Search of Bisco ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ ➥ [Ebook] ➠ In Search of Bisco By Erskine Caldwell ➯ – In 1965 than five decades after his forced estrangement from his black boyhood friend Bisco Erskine Caldwell set out across the South to find him On the journey which toBlack college professor in Atlanta Georgia a white real estate salesman in Demopolis Alabama a black sharecropper in the Yazoo Basin of the Mississippi Delta a transplanted white New England housewife in Bastrop Louisiana and others Eighteen of In Search Epubthose conversations wi. what to say about this book although it was hard to read i'm glad i read it it's so sad to see that 50 years after its publication we are still dealing with so many of the racial difficulties it illustrates and perhaps not dealing with them well racism and prejudice are so ingrained in our society this books sheds light on a sliver of that experience during the 1950s and 1960s in the deep south i like the way caldwell alternates chapters between the voices of folks on both sides of the colour line he is never one to pull a punch when it comes to calling out cruelty ignorance and religious fanaticism here he even takes a jab at how politicians whip up feelings of racial prejudice to insight tribal fears and get votes sigh no so different from our world today

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In than five decades after his forced estrangement from his black boyhood friend Bisco Erskine Caldwell set out across the South to find him On the journey which took him from South Carolina to Arkansas Caldwell spoke to many people on the pretense of asking Bisco's whereabouts a. This is the first and only non fiction work of Erskine Caldwell I’ve ever read but that should come as no surprise given that this is the only non fiction work he produced in his lifetimeIs it worth reading Absolutely In it he achieves the same monstrosity of purpose he achieves with his fictional work But here he’s not inventing; he’s just reporting The only thing I found slightly annoying was the change of narrator chapter to chapter I suppose he had a purpose; I just don’t know what it wasIn any case here follow a few examples of Caldwell’s exceptional prose to let you decide if this work of non fiction is for youOn p 90 we find “all might be well in Laurel as it could be elsewhere in Mississippi if prideful residents of the northside would look at least as far away as the southside of their town even if they do not wish to see beyond the borders of their own state As it is and as though it is a way to avoid embarrassment they fail to acknowledge their responsibility for the poverty and degradation of the Negro families on the southside and ignore the fact that it was the labor of Negroes that enabled them to accumulate wealth and social pretensionsBut customs prevail And arrogance predominates Instead of acting upon his responsibility as a citizen in modern America to alleviate and adjust economic and social discrimination imposed upon the Negro for generations the white supremist is intent upon striving by any means to enforce a perpetuation of racial injustice that originated long ago in the time of slavery As long as this custom can be maintained the conscience of the white supremist will be uiet and undisturbed Enforcement of the custom ranges from intimidation to physical punishment to violent death”On p 105 we find this rather trenchant observation from a local African American looking desperately to bury his father “you don’t know how poor poor can be till you get too poor to be buried in the ground”And finally on p 167 we find “the red clay hills are undoubtedly deeply eroded and gully washed the sky line of jagged pines probably juts higher against the horizon the stark spires of crumbling brick chimneys have become melancholy monuments to homes burned to ashes briar thickets and clumps of beggar lice have been uick to claim possession of abandoned cotton fields and the gaunt granite gravestones in the cemetery have taken on the somber gray moss of age and oblivion”Say what you will about Caldwell’s social criticism When the man wants to wax lyrical in his prose he has only to remove one cap and replace it with another And that—to me at least—is the best kind of writerRRBBrooklyn NY19 November 2019

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In Search of BiscoTh Caldwell's commentary make up this bookCaldwell made his journey at the zenith of the civil rights movement Bisco whom Caldwell never found becomes a symbol for the South's race problem to which he sought an answer in the emotions experiences and attitudes of those he encounter. Erskine Caldwell never disappoints in his raw accounts of what life was like and in many ways still is in the deep south Though many of the things he describes in this book are no longer extant does not mean that there are not to many who wish they were still in practice This is a brutal look at what he calls Bisco Country This should be mandatory reading in high schools or at minimum in college