Monday, September 28, 2009

"Flying Home." Ralph Ellison.

One-minute review: Black flier, training in WWII, but not yet allowed to fly in combat, crashes in a Southern field. Had been kind of showing off, panics, goes into a spin and crashes. On the ground, he can do nothing but wait for some kind of help. Old black man, Jefferson, triggers thoughts of the past he is trying to escape.

Finally, white owner of the property arrives, has him put into a strait jacket, kicks him in the chest when he demands that the white man not touch him and has him hauled off to his airfield, carried by the stonewall presence of racial prejudice.

Quote: “…army or no, you gittin’ off my land! That airplane can stay ‘cause it was paid for by taxpayers’ money. But you gittin’ off. An’ dead or alive, it don’t make no difference to me.”

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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