Black Thunder: Gabriel’s Revolt: Virginia, [Arna Bontemps] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‘Gabriel Prosser’s slave revolt. Arna Bontemps’s Black Thunder is a celebration of revolution presented through a historical novel of the Gabriel’s Revolt. It failed as did. In response to the genre of the traditional slave narrative, Arna Bontemps, the author of Black Thunder commented, “The Negro’s suffering in.

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Very well plotted, with a brisk vivid style and nuanced character development. Bookworm rated it did not like it Dec 27, Savage Minds Notes and Queries in Anthropology. Although it was virtually unnoticed when it was first published, a second printing in attracted much critical attention. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Goldie Dc rated it it was ok Dec 04, Thank you for your feedback. Reading it, I was thinking, “Why have I taken so long to get to this?

He clearly wanted his reader to be inspired by the history of resistance. He bowed his head, heavy with thoughts, and waited a long xrna without speaking” Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Wagner Blog A forum for discussion of contemporary themes arising from the works of Richard Wagner.

Please provide an email address. Every opposition is eventually set aside. A fascinating part of the novel is the global perspective of the rebellion. Thubder is humble, yet his simple language belies his complexity. Come and unite with us, brothers, and combat with us for the same cause.

To find blacck more, including how to control cookies, see here: Brandy Williams rated it liked it Jun 09, In the American and French revolutions were quite fresh, and this revolutionary spirit was sweeping the entire western world.


It was all very important when you really thought it over” For almost a century and a half, America was merely a group of colonies scattered….

Morgan McKee rated it really liked it Jun 15, Even still, this war of words is never quite firmly recognized if one remains aware of the constant push and pull relationship between true historical heroics and those that are constructed by narrative, particularly one that was created far after the actual historical event.

It is clear that Bontemps sides with the slave uprising, but he also allows for great complexity and conflicting emotions in his characters, making, for example, Ben, the servant in charge thnder one of the plantation houses, a deeper character than the usual stereotype of the “house slave” usually accounts for.

I think this is a great achievement of American and African-American literature that deserves more study and attention than it currently receives. Apr 09, Sheehan rated it really liked it. Most significant to me was the yearning I could sense from Bontempts pen follow, in a sense, Gabriel’s example.

Black Thunder by Arna Bontemps

And then the whole old track of thoughts about why does African American culture fascinate me so much, why does a novel like this speak to me so much more strongly than ‘The Great Gatsby’ or more to the point, Isaac Bashevis Singer? Krystal rated it liked it Oct 04, Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Be the first bontejps discover new talent! This metaphor of revolution is at the ghunder time a highly pertinent representation of black masculinity that will reward students of gender, slavery and the sensibilities of the s.

He does this through the selective use of anachronistic elements for example, the use by revolutionary characters in the novel of the term “proletariat,” or the detail that some of the slaves are wearing jeans that link the fight for freedom and equality in to the fight for labor and civil rights during the Great Depression.


A fine historical novel based on an actual slave-revolt led by Gabriel Prosser, one that sent shock-waves throughout the South. Lback through language can be, as proved by this novel, the key to either creating or destroying historical truth.

Analysis and Critical Summary of “Black Thunder” by Arna Bontemps

Writing at the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance, Bontemps benefits both from previous writers in that movement as well as the modernist experimentation of William Faulkner Bontemps’s use of modernist techniques if more pointed and less complicated that Faulkner’s, mainly being used to express, in dialect, the thoughts of his characters without recourse to quotation marks or italics.

Growing up in Richmond, VA, we had a years of local history, American history, etc. This book, written at the end of the “Harlem” Renaissance it was written in Los Angelesand reprinted during the Black Blwck movement with the hope of gaining a little more recognition, this story is an analogue for struggle of many generations after Gabriel Prosser who still weren’t quite equal.

Notify me of new comments via email. Had to read for a class. Larry Gundy rated it really liked it Apr 29, You are commenting using your Twitter account. Anyone interested in thubder history. Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it.


Phil Ebersole’s Blog thoughts about politics and the passing scene. Help us improve this article! No trivia or quizzes yet. As a part of the Harlem Renissance, Black Thunder is a fairly lonely call for resistance and militancy. Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare.