Tuesday, March 2, 2021

the last book I ever read A Rage in Harlem: A Harlem Detectives Novel by Chester Himes, excerpt two)

from A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Detectives Series Book 1) by Chester Himes:

Seventh Avenue and 125th Street is the center of Harlem, the crossroads of Black America. On one corner was the largest hotel. Diagonally across from it was a big credit jewelry store with its windows filled with diamonds and watches selling for so much down and so much weekly. Next door was a book store with a big red-and-yellow sign reading: Books of 6,000,000 Colored People. On the other corner was a mission church.

The people of Harlem take their religion seriously. If Goldy had taken off in a flaming chariot and galloped straight to heaven, they would have believed it – the godly and the sinners alike.

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