The Sorcerer's Apprentice

by Charles Johnson

Paperback, 1987

Call number

FIC JOH

Collection

Publication

Penguin Books (1987), 192 pages

Description

Interweaving the real and the surreal, Charles Johnson spins eight extra-ordinary tales of transformations and metamorphoses. An Illinois farmer teaches a young slave everything he knows - with fatal consequences. A young boy growing to manhood as a country sorcerer's apprentice learns the difference between power and strength. From the first piece to the last, these stories capture very real human experiences in a new and starting light.

User reviews

LibraryThing member dmclane
This is a collection of short stories; as always, some appeal more than others, but in total I found it an interesting read. Some of the other reviewers claim that the author is a highly critical philosophic editor/writer while others claim he’s overblown and self-important, this I believe is
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typical, either you enjoy reading his work or you do not and wonder what the acclaim is for. The stories all have a black racial bias, and tend to the mythical or ethereal, as well as some appear dated by word choice. I found none of this to be unforgivable, just unfortunate. As earlier said, this was an enjoyable read, I’d not expected anything profound but appreciate the entertainment.
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Awards

PEN/Faulkner Award (Finalist — 1987)

Pages

192

ISBN

0140098658 / 9780140098655
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