The Sport of the Gods (Signet Classics) by Paul Laurence Dunbar PDF

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

ISBN-10: 1101477172

ISBN-13: 9781101477175

Title note: formerly released within the Mentor assortment The African-American Novel within the Age of mirrored image, edited through William L. Andrews
Contributor note: William L. Andrews (Forward)
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In this striking novel, Paul Laurence Dunbar tells the tale of a displaced Southern family's fight to outlive and prosper in early Harlem.

The recreation of the Gods used to be one of many first novels to depict the cruel realities of ghetto lifestyles and the innovative truths it exposed nonetheless resonate this present day.

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Spurte mennesket den fremmede ynglingen. » og viste omkring med hånden. Bonden anstrengte seg for å forstå ham, og da budbringeren hadde gjentatt spørsmålet sitt, sa han: «Har du aldri sett det før? Det er krigen. » Og da den fremmede så ham inn i de grumsete øynene full av hjertelig deltagelse, slo han øynene ned og så mot jorden. » Mennesket viste med hånden i en retning hvor man langt i det fjerne kunne se en liten teldeir. Dermed tok budbringeren avskjed ved å legge hånden på menneskets panne, og gikk videre.

Sa kongen. «Nei, vi hadde ikke flere blomster. » Da med ett husket budbringeren hvor mange døde som ennå lå ute på den skrekkelige sletten uten å være begravet, og han tiet. Og kongen så på ham og nikket og sukket tungt. «Jeg skulle reise til kongen vår og be ham om mange blomster,» fortsatte budbringeren, «men da jeg var i tempelet i fjellene kom den store fuglen og sa den ville bringe meg til kongen, og den bragte meg gjennom luften til deg. Å, kjære konge, fuglen satt på taket til en ukjent guddoms tempel, og et høyst forunderlig sinnbilde hadde denne guden stående på offerstenen sin: et hjerte, og en vill fugl satt på det og spiste.

Hver av dem bar i seg minnet om en elsket mor og om en bedre herkomst eller det hemmelige tegn på en vakrere og edlere bestemmelse, og hver og 28 AUGUSTUS en av dem var ham kjær og merkverdig og ga ham anledning til ettertanke, og ingen var dårligere enn han selv følte seg. Augustus besluttet å vandre gjennom verden og lete etter et sted hvor det ville være mulig for ham på en eller annen måte å være menneskene til nytte og å vise dem sin kjærlighet. Han måtte venne seg til at synet av ham ikke lenger gjorde noen glade; ansiktet hans var innfallent, klærne og skoene hans var en tiggers, heller ikke stemmen eller gangen hans hadde mer av det som en gang hadde gledet og fortryllet folk.

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