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ISBN:
0374135509
Author:
Henry Van Dyke
Language:
English
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 1st edition (1971)
Pages:
182 pages
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The Blakes are a prosperous black bourgeois family comfortably ensconced. Details (if other): Cancel.

NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux,. 8v. brown cloth in dust jacket. Signed by Van Dyke on the title page. Bookseller Inventory 38471. Ask Seller a Question. Bibliographic Details.

Henry Van Dyke was born in Allegan, Michigan, to an academic family. He spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, where his father taught at Alabama State Teachers College. He returned to Michigan for high school, and his first ambition was to become a concert pianist

Henry van Dyke (1852 – 1933) was an American author, educator, and clergyman. His son is Tertius van Dyke. He chaired the committee that wrote the first Presbyterian printed liturgy, The Book of Common Worship of 1906.

Henry van Dyke (1852 – 1933) was an American author, educator, and clergyman. He graduated from Princeton University in 1873 and from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1877 and served as a professor o. .English literature at Princeton between 1899 and 1923. In 1908-09 Dr. van Dyke was an American lecturer at the University of Paris. Among his popular writings are the two Christmas stories The Other Wise Man (1896) and The First Christmas Tree (1897).

A prosperous Black bourgeois family find their complacent lives shattered when they are taken hostage in their own home by two members of a Black militant group calling itself The Committee.

Select Format: Hardcover. A prosperous Black bourgeois family find their complacent lives shattered when they are taken hostage in their own home by two members of a Black militant group calling itself The Committee. ISBN13:9780393315424.

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Henry van Dyke Jr. was a noted author, clergyman and academician, best known for his role in the publication of ‘The Book of Common . father: Henry Jackson van Dyke, Henry Jackson van Dyke Sr. mother: Henrietta Ashmead. siblings: Paul van Dyke. was a noted author, clergyman and academician, best known for his role in the publication of ‘The Book of Common Worship’.

Henry van Dyke was born on November 11, 1852 in Germantown, Pennsylvania in the United States

Henry van Dyke was born on November 11, 1852 in Germantown, Pennsylvania in the United States. He graduated from Princeton University in 1873 and from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1877 and served as a professor of English literature at Princeton between 1899 and 1923.

Henry van Dyke (1852-1933) was an American clergyman, educator, and author. He graduated from Princeton in 1873, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1874. He was pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City (1883-99), professor of English literature at Princeton (1899-1923), and . minister to the Netherlands (1913-16). Start reading The Poems of Henry Van Dyke on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

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A novel from African-American novelist Henry Van Dyke, author of LADIES OF THE RACHMANINOFF EYES, and highly praised by such writers as James Purdy, Mark Schorer, and Granville Hicks.
  • Quellik
Oliver, a very culturally white black boy (about to go off to Cornell in _Ladies of the Rachmaninoff Eyes_ and a Cornell junior in _Blood of Strawberries_) is caught up in the affairs of Jews four or five decades older than he is. There is a pair of black maids in _Blood_ and a servant-turned companion is one of the two _Ladies_. I don’t think that there are any black males of any age in either of the first two novels by Henry Van Dyke (1928-2011).

There are only black characters (two male, three female) through most of _Dead Piano_. I think the neighbors who trickle in near the end are white, though no race is specified for them. Initially, I did not realize that _Dead Piano_ was another comedy, darker in more ways than skin hue than the two Oliver novels.

In St. Albans (in outer Queens) Sophie (a good Jewish name, no?) the daughter of gynecologist Finley Blake is about to start college at Bennington, and as sheltered from the so-called “real world” as Oliver was in rural Michigan. Her parents worked hard for material success, including a decision Sophie had not known about until a home invasion by three aggrieved blacks, Fargo, Hedda, and Cheeter. The last is mostly outside, though his reaction time is slowed down by a bottle of scotch he takes out to enjoy.

Tensions both inside the single-child family and between the Fargo/Hedda couple simmer, though there is a chasm of class between the three playing at revolution and the black bourgeois family from whom “reparations” are being demanded. The family members suffer various outrages, but also exhibit resiliency in a standoff that becomes even more farcical when first Scotty, then his wife Sybil blunder in (Scotty wants to show off his new lawnmower, even at 10 PM).

I thought Blood of Stawberries dragged, but Dead Piano hurtles through affronts and resentments at a fast clip. Relations among the Blakes are improved by their shared ordeal. Hedda gets fed up with Fargo. The latter is chastened, when last the reader encounters him, though not learning his story after the misadventures in St. Albens. And, yes, there is a piano that is slain.

Class resentments (to put it mildly) persist 45 years later, as does the confusion about racial identity of those black youth raised in affluence. The rhetoric of the “revolutionaries” is dated, and something of central importance to the plot has been decriminalized (though there are those who seek to recriminalize it).

I think that Henry Van Dyk was a minor comic novelist, but there are too few accomplished comic novelists of any color, and I regret that after this funny and incisive novel, published in 1971, there were no more in the four more decades he lived. I hope his memoirs were written and will be published.
  • Galubel
Meet the Blakes, a lovely upper-middle class Black family who take their position in life seriously. Finley is a gynecologist, his white-looking wife, Olga is a housewife and their daughter, Sophie, is a pain in the neck. Oh, let's not forget Teddy, the bear.
Their tranquil neurotic lives become disturbed as Black militants take over their home and demand reparations. For twelve hours this "bushwa... " family has to come to terms with themselves, the lies they have told and the people they have served.
What an intriguing concept as Henry Van Dyke shatters the security of the Black middle-class and calls into question the motives of the Black militants. His fictional piece is a classic 1960's drama which pits the two groups against one another and you get the opportunity to see if which one can come clean. Are the Blakes living in a world of illusion? Are the militants sincere in their grandstanding or are they just a bunch of theives?
I enjoyed the plot but was annoyed at the author's transitions and at times the boring dialogue. At times the characters were so stereotyped to the point of being unbelievable. The strength of the novel was the psychological and emotional strains that the characters had to endure if they were to survive. This is a decent novel that was a fair read.