The End of a Primitive

The End of a Primitive Kriss wakes up alone divorced disillusioned in her plush Manhattan apartment They have nothing in common Just one amazing passionate weekend in Chicago and a desire to meet again

  • Title: The End of a Primitive
  • Author: Chester Himes
  • ISBN: 9780393315400
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Kriss wakes up alone divorced, disillusioned, in her plush Manhattan apartment They have nothing in common Just one amazing, passionate weekend in Chicago and a desire to meet again.

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    • Eric Stone says:

      A very tough, hard, brutal, beautiful book by Himes. Sort of a cross between If He Hollers and Pinktoes.

    • Terence says:

      While reading Mike Davis’ City of Quartz, I came across a reference to Chester Himes:“Up to the age of thirty-one I had been hurt emotionally, spiritually, and physically as much as thirty-one years can bear: I had lived in the South, I had fallen down an elevator shaft, I had been kicked out of college, I had served seven and one half years in prison, I had survived the humiliating last five years of the Depression in Cleveland; and still I was entire, complete, functional; my mind was shar [...]

    • Col says:

      Synopsis/blurb…Jesse Robinson wakes from his nightmare to dirty, fitful real life in a Harlem slum.Kriss wakes up alone divorced, disillusioned, in her plush Manhattan apartment. They have nothing in common. Just one amazing, passionate weekend in Chicago and a desire to meet again.Shortly before his death, Chester Himes gave an interviewer this remarkable plot summary of The End of a Primitive. "I put a sexually frustrated American woman and a racially frustrated black American male together [...]

    • Perry Whitford says:

      Kriss Cummings is a divorced, whiskey-soaked white woman nearing middle age. She has slept with somewhere in the region of two hundred men, and her wardrobe contains a high number of red dresses as she "couldn't get along in the world without feeling daring".Jessie Robinson is a gin-soaked black man, a published writer on "black problem in America", separated from his wife and on the skids, prone to surreal and twisted soliloquys which he sometimes vocalises involuntarily.Their paths have crosse [...]

    • Roger King says:

      Chester Himes’s emotional introduction reveals his bitterness about American racial society, eventually moving to France and then finally Alicante Spain. His first books were focused on black male/white female themes and do not appear to have been well-received in the US. This book was first published as “The Primitive”, a version censored by the publisher, now available here as “The End of a Primitive”, the unedited “author’s cut”. A powerful fictional account of the tragic sexu [...]

    • Todd Kalinski says:

      To enjoy this book, is to know what literature, the hard-boiled type is all about. If you're into the gritty noir of the down and out, disenchanted, lonely men standing in doorways, beaten by pretty much everything, having to live within the constraints of a terribly white, Christian 1950's morality, creed and ethos, schtick, phrasing, then Chester Himes is your read. The End of a Primitive is a savage tale of all things gone wrong. When all things went wrong.

    • Paddythemic says:

      too long. should have been a short story. not as well written as "if he hollers" as evidenced by the ridiculous inventory-like descriptions of the two main characters early in the book. was he going for a bigger page count for some reason? It was difficult for me to finish this disappointing novel.

    • Charity T says:

      This book is brutal. I had never read anything like it and couldn't believe it was from the 1950's. The language, situation's so NYC and touches some very uncomfortable truths. I loved every minute of it.

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