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The Cattle Killing by John Edgar Wideman
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The Cattle Killing

by John Edgar Wideman

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    Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (stevieray0988)
    stevieray0988: Like The Cattle Killing, Mr. Fox is a story sprinkled with African folktales (and tales of other origins, in Oyeyemi's case). Of the two, Oyeyemi's book is much more light-hearted.
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    Beloved by Toni Morrison (stevieray0988)
    stevieray0988: Though not as experimental in execution, Beloved is very similar in its themes as well as its evocation of African folklore.
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    When Fox is a Thousand by Larissa Lai (stevieray0988)
    stevieray0988: another story interwoven with (and made mysterious and profound by) traditional myths and folktales
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Set in Philadelphia in 1793, when the city was afflicted by an epidemic of yellow fever, Wideman's novel is narrated by a young black preacher whose mind seems unhinged by the terrible events he is witnessing. His apocalyptic visions reflect the confusion and delirium around him. The rich white citizens of the city are mostly shutting themselves in and sending their black servants out into the fever-ridden streets. One prominent historical figure, Dr. Benjamin Rush (Dr. Thrush in the novel), is portrayed in a very ambivalent relationship with a black servant girl. Wideman, who has dealt in a more documentary style with the epidemic in a previous collection of short stories, Fever, here combines vision, hallucination, dream, and African legend in a complex metaphorical novel.

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