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FREE PDF ⚔ Les Flagellants ⚐ This Extraordinary First Novel Is A Brilliant, Detailed Record Of A Stormy Relationship Written In A Unique, Concrete Language That Takes On An Independent, Stylized Life Of Its OwnA Lyrical And Evocative Novel That Tells The Story Of The Stormy And Fragmented Relationship Between Jimson, An Aspiring Black Poet Concerned With Afro American Cultural History, And Ideal, A Young Black Woman Whose Roots Are In Black Bottom, USA Jimson And Ideal Meet In Greenwich Village And Fall In Love, But Theirs Is A Tempestuous Affair As They Struggle To Get Beyond The Roles A Racially Oppressive Society Has Forced Upon Them The Result Is A Painful And Moving Exploration Of The Relations Between Men And Women A Complex, Scathing And Often Brilliant Depiction Of The Disintegration Of A Black Couple S Relationship The Flagellants Portrays A Modern Day Love Affair Gone Sour Both Ideal And Jimson Are Presented With Equal Care And Depth Mel Watkins, New York Times Book Review Jimson And Ideal Brilliantly And Bitterly Tear Off Layer After Layer Of Rationalization And Myth It Is Rare In Fiction For Characters To Possess Complete Awareness Of Their Situation That Is What Happens Here Novels So Ambitious Almost Always Fail The Flagellants Succeeds Roger Ebert, The American Scholar Polite Is Not A Blend Of Influences She Is As A Writer, She Is Immediately, Irruptively, Lyrically Herself As With Most Good Writers, Her Writing Has A Life Of Its Own, A Life Within The Larger Life Of The Work For Which It Is Employed The Flagellants Does Not Attempt To Define Reality, Psychical Or Political Or Social Or Real It Is An Attempt Genuinely To Exist, To Be Reality A Task Difficult For The Novel Every Day But This Book Is Art, Not Argument Everything In It Grows From Its Texture Its Language Is Acutely Sensory Or Vaultingly Rhapsodic Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic A challenging but necessary read. Really 3.5 I hate grades Although first published in France, The Flagellants is nonetheless a thoroughly American novel and one very much of its times 1960s Hatcher Polite theorizes a version of Black Liberation that concerns itself with the self and the couple as both fatally enmeshed in, yet separate from, the community with and within which they struggle to define and enact their freedom She chooses as her protagonists Ideal and Jimson, a man and woman who throughout the novel perform a sadomasochistic dance with, it seems, full knowledge and consent that we, their audience, must play our part too, that of voyeurs As noted in the introduction by Claudia Tate, Ideal and Jimson s quests for self definition have to contend with the psychological debris of American racism and its history of slavery As a black man and woman they have been liberated to their own species of 20th century alienation Tate claims that Flagellation was one of the first novels to probe questions of freedom that lie outside the perimeter of civil liberties Words such as liberation and alienation, in and of themselves, evoke that time, half a century ago, when many Americans, particularly the young and disenfranchised, thought that they could remake their world and establish for themselves a new, different, freer andself fulfilling place within it.The novel is modernist in style, dialogic in form shuffling back forth between Jimson s and Ideal s points of view and quasi stream of consciousness in its technique Hatcher Polite s prose is often jazz inflected and even poetic, in the sense of its musicality and evocativeness e.g., The good answer blew a succulent sound down through the center of their common growl Jimson, since you want to be succulently involved in petals, open and display your pistils Flower me minute flecks of yellow dust Jimson is of the black middle class, spoiled child he was given his own car at 16 , self described poet, dabbler in attitude, play actor he has acquired a West Indian accent One might label him a sado idealist with an inner child enthrall to feelings of inadequacy Jimson doesn t ever work, really He feels that mundane jobs that might pay the bills are beneath him He finally secures a sinecure at the Bureaucratique, a job uniquely fitted to his talent for doing nothing On the job, he writes poetry with titles such as A Byzantine Lady Under Glass Ideal has a hometown, comes from Black Bottom, comes out of history She and her first husband Adam ran away from their town s cultural provincialism to the Big City, the Big Apple, The Village Ideal is a dancer before she meets Jimson also married and before they take up together and become locked into their own dance of mental and sometimes physical flagellation Because of his phony accent, Ideal doesn t at first take Jimson for an American Negro Because of her light skin color, Jimson first takes Ideal to be Puerto Rican It may be significant to their relationship that they come by their difference differently, he, through performance, she, by way of history Prior to Jimson s employment at the Bureaucratique, Ideal is the breadwinner in the household She, unlike her man, seems willing to defer the Ideal in order to cope with the reality of day by day survival And it is after Jimson insists that she stay home to be exclusively his housewife that her alcoholism, jealousy and psychological dis ease push her over the edge She may or may not kick Jimson out at the end What a relief if she does Which is not to say that Ideal is anysympathetic a character than Jimson It s just that she is ultimately better equipped to do what s necessary. An hysterical woman is a bitch without a peer So penned Carlene Hatcher Polite, the Lispector of Detroit, as I have taken to calling her The Flagellants is assumably gathers its nutrients from the author s relationship with poet Allen Polite, listed as mentor of Amiri Baraka, teeming with similar bullshit, and the Bureaucratique of the novel is seemingly in reference to Polite s position working at the United Nations.Before Beyonce and Jay Z were the Afric Virgo Sagittarius love story, there was Ideal and Jimson, but myths have no patents parents and biographies are not novels.The Black heterosexual couple is cracked, and it cracked on the auction blocks, but Polite does not bed with history The psychology behind Black men and their investigation behind their castration is well charted here, if not leaving the mystery of who is holding the handle still murky For Ideal is trying to document Jimson s crime unbeknowst that he is after the same thing Flagellation, anchorites, and the Black artist as wedded to suffering We have got parts, now back to the manual.