Philadelphia Fire

Philadelphia Fire

Book - 2005
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From "one of America's premier writers of fiction" (New York Times) comes this novel inspired by the 1985 police bombing of a West Philadelphia row house owned by the back-to-nature, Afrocentric cult known as Move. The bombing killed eleven people and started a fire that destroyed sixty other houses. At the center of the story is Cudjoe, a writer and exile who returns to his old neighborhood after spending a decade fleeing from his past, and his search for the lone survivor of the fire -- a young boy who was seen running from the flames.
An impassioned, brutally honest journey through the despair and horror of life in urban America, "Philadelphia Fire isn't a book you read so much as one you breathe" (San Francsisco Chronicle).
Publisher: New York : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005, c1990
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780618509645
061850964X
Branch Call Number: PS3573.I26 P48 2005
WIDEMAN J
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 21 cm

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Apr 30, 2016

Depressing, totally incoherent and lacking cohesiveness. Some insightful lines, but lost in the tangents taken at every opportunity. If the author wants us to ponder the impacts of a world that does not take care of its people and in which politicians and people in general are corrupt, there must be a more direct way than this. Maybe a short-story format would have been less painful.

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