By Chester Himes
Harlem Cycle #1
Originally released 1957
A Rage in Harlem is a ripping advent to Coffin Ed Johnson and Grave Digger Jones, patrolling long island City’s roughest streets in Chester Himes’s groundbreaking Harlem Detectives sequence.
For love of good, wily Imabelle, hapless Jackson surrenders his existence reductions to a con guy who is familiar with the key of turning ten-dollar debts into hundreds—and then he steals from his boss, purely to lose the stolen cash at a craps desk. fortunately for him, he can flip to his savvy dual brother, Goldy, who earns a living—disguised as a Sister of Mercy—by promoting tickets to Heaven in Harlem. With Goldy on his part, Jackson is prepared for payback.
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First, a civil society, with the rule of law and the constitu59 MI LLENNI U M tion of democratic institutions, must be put in place. As is already happening with some speed, the Communist parties must be replaced by parties that accept pluralism and the transfer of power, subject to elections. So far, with the exception of Romania, Eastern Europe has witnessed the first nonbloody revolution in history. One worries that it cannot remain so. This is especially so in the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, whatever the outcome, however spectacular and tragic, the deeper underlying momentum pushing society toward the order of the market and democracy will persist.
Still, from the West, one can see a bloc being born at the same moment that in the East a bloc is disintegrating. Countries bouncing from the periphery to the hinterland, and simultaneously from dictatorship to democracy, hesitate to join a new bloc. But they will nevertheless be forced to do it. One day, all of Europe will be united, one way or another, replete with continental institutions. Thus, a formidable power will be born: the European sphere. Military alliances in Europe will evolve into networks of political coordination among all European countries.
When its ability to do this is hampered, or falters, the market form weakens. It becomes vulnerable to the challenge of an alterna25 MILLENNIUM tive form that begins to emerge, upsetting the established hierarchy of nations and of the dominant technology. A market form thus has a relatively short life of stability, sandwiched as it is between two long-lasting periods of disorder. Disorder, it may be said, is the natural state of the world; the stability provided by an organized market form is the exception, not the rule.
A Rage in Harlem (Harlem Cycle, Book 1) by Chester Himes