I posted an article about Ismael Reed but I didn’t really say much about the author and his works. I have read a good number of Reed’s novels and can recommend them all. Some are better than others but all of them put a little kink in your mind and leave you with a little mental limp that may takes weeks or even years to think through and straighten out.
Here is the bibliography for Ishmael Reed from Wikipedia:
- The Free-Lance Pallbearers (1967)
- Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down (1969)
- Mumbo Jumbo (1972)
- The Last Days of Louisiana Red (1974)
- Flight to Canada (1976)
- The Terrible Twos (1982)
- Reckless Eyeballing (1986)
- The Terrible Threes (1989)
- Japanese By Spring (1993)
- Juice! (2011)
I see I have a few titles to read.
I was first introduced to Reed by a recommended reading list that included Yellow Back Radio Broke Down. I didn’t actually read this selection first, however, since I was at the mercy of the local library. So I read Mumbo Jumbo first and later when I had read several other titles (including Yellow Back Radio) I still considered Mumbo Jumbo my favorite. I even went so far as to do a little research into Voodoo (HooDoo) which I recommend if you want to better understand Reed and his novels.
For a quick an informative biography of Ishmael Reed look into Biography online.