And so begins the HooDoo Western by Ishmael Reed, author of Mumbo Jumbo and one of America's most innovative and celebrated writers. Reed demolishes white American history and folklore as well as Christian myth in this masterful satire of contemporary American life.
In addition to the black, satanic Loop Garoo Kid, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down features Drag Gibson (a rich, slovenly cattleman), Mustache Sal (his nymphomaniac mail-order bride), Thomas Jefferson and many others in a hilarious parody of the old Western.
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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down is a book that reads less like prose and more like poetry-slam. It's whiplash fast, driving you foreward before you even realize where you've been. It's part slang, part pop, part scatting, part minstrel and completely engaging. It doesn't make you think so much as slams you up against thoughts so fast you have to either take them on or die trying to fight them off.