Hunting in Harlem

Hunting in Harlem Horizon Realty is bringing Harlem back to its Renaissance With the help of Cedric Bobby and Horus three ex cons trying to forge a new life Horizon clears out the rubble and the rabble filling once

  • Title: Hunting in Harlem
  • Author: Mat Johnson
  • ISBN: 9781582344089
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Paperback
  • Horizon Realty is bringing Harlem back to its Renaissance With the help of Cedric, Bobby, and Horus three ex cons trying to forge a new life Horizon clears out the rubble and the rabble, filling once dilapidated brownstones with black professionals handpicked for their shared vision of Harlem as a shining icon for the race And fate seems to be working in Horizon s favor Horizon Realty is bringing Harlem back to its Renaissance With the help of Cedric, Bobby, and Horus three ex cons trying to forge a new life Horizon clears out the rubble and the rabble, filling once dilapidated brownstones with black professionals handpicked for their shared vision of Harlem as a shining icon for the race And fate seems to be working in Horizon s favor Harlem s undesirable tenants seem increasingly clumsy of late, meeting early deaths by accident As an ambitious reporter, Piper Goines, begins to investigate the neighborhood s extraordinarily high accident rate, Horizon s three employees find themselves fighting for their souls and their very lives against a backdrop of some of the most beautiful brownstones in all of Manhattan.

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    1. I must say I was impressed with Mat Johnson's latest novel, Hunting In Harlem. I had not read his debut novel, Drop, or any of the press releases surrounding his latest work, so I blindly opened the book and began reading. I soon found myself laughing aloud and engrossed by the author's clever imagination, mature writing style, and original characters. Johnson builds a story that is both interesting and thought provoking - a true challenge for a tough and controversial topic such as gentrificati [...]

    2. Pretty good. Compelling chacters and storyline. It's a novel illustrating a contemporary social question, something like a cross between Dickens and Brett Easton Ellis. I'm a Dickens fan, but the thriller genre isn't my favorite. I also thought that the author's opinions were too transparent in the story, which was a distraction.

    3. This book delivers it all - thoughtful social commentary while being supremely entertaining and written in a bold and beautiful voice.

    4. This was a fun read, in part because of the intriguing premise (former convict turned politician turned budding real estate titan hires some ex-cons to assist in his master plan to transform Harlem into a Black Utopia by ridding it of undesirable elements) and in larger part because of the strong writing of Mat Johnson. The book is populated by colorful characters described in smile to laugh out loud fashion. Two of the three ex-cons are larger than life, so Johnson puts the narrative in the han [...]

    5. HUNTING IN HARLEM is a well-written novel that attempts to reconcile an important dilemma. How can a destitute urban area be saved from the downward vortex of poverty and crime, yet still allow members of the community the freedom to live their lives as they see fit. Horizon Realty operates in the Mount Morris section of Harlem, and takes a bold approach. Their goal is to resuscitate the local economy at any cost, and if you are judged, 'not part of the solution, you are you are part of the prob [...]

    6. Although this was a little difficult to get into upfront, when I passed the first three or four pages, I was into it. Johnson has penned a funny, yet poignant critique of the gentrified and gentrifier. The characters are well-developed along with a plot that moves well enough. He certainly engages other social issues, so a socially conscious person will pick up on the allusions while other mainstream readers may miss a few references. All in all, I would recommend the novel to friends. Johnson, [...]

    7. A smart and stylish tragicomedy of urban development and gentrification. Johnson's plot revolves around three ex-cons who have been recruited to work for a real estate develop in Harlem, starting out as movers but guaranteed to work their way up the hierarchy if they can prove their worth. Unfortunately for them, proving your worth means having to commit some pretty atrocious acts. While the book is a fun read, I didn't find it entirely satisfying, perhaps because the characters themselves seeme [...]

    8. a friend from the NYC sent me this, she said that its so "me" its about ex cons and gentrification in HarlemUPDATEThis novel was F*cking Brilliant deals the diverse experince of ex cons, gentrification, Corrupt realitors, politicans and community organizations. And the plot is amazing as well as the characters!

    9. After one non-fiction book after another I thought it was time for some good story telling. Hunting in Harlem met my need. The book is well written. The characters are interesting, flawed and believable. There is no Lost or 24 here and yet the book is still easy to digest. The book isn't fluff though. Pick up Hunting in Harlem this spring/summer. You won't be disappointed.

    10. It's so easy to not-finish books when you get them from the library. This is another that I gave up on about 30 pages in. Too bad because I liked the concept, but the language and the characters didn't draw me in fast enough.

    11. Funny read although it took me some time to get hooked. Characters are memorable and the plot thought provoking. I'm looking forward to Johnson's other novels, especially Pym.

    12. Beautifully written, both funny and tragic, Mat Johnson paints the portrait of a man unable to turn away from his own doom.

    13. I like this book. It is a lot of fun to read. It is much more enjoyable to me than a lot of sort of paranormal literature. I recommend it.

    14. this book was so good that i screamed "whoo!" when i finished it. swear to God, it's be best book i've read in 4 years

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