|The Vulture by Gil Scott Heron|
|I was reading this book when Gil Scott Heron
died and held off reviewing it for a while, it
was his debut novel first published in 1970 and
is about growing up in black Ghetto’s of New
York in the 1960’s.
The book is drowning in poverty and drugs and
the racial politics of the time as we follow the
stories of four friends of John Lee who is the
books Murder victim and the interweaving stories
of the four caracters and there invlolvement or
otherwise in his death.
I found it hard to put down this book and it
sits well stylistically between the books of
Nelson Algren and Iceberg Slim with a slice of
Donald Goines thrown into the mix.
For a debut novel from a young writer this is a
great book, when you also look at it through the
prism of hindsight and knowing the life the
Author went on to lead it is also very prophetic
when dealing with the heartbreak and hatred that
drugs brought to the milieu Gil deals with.
A fine book well worth finding, it was a bargain
bin staple when I found my copy.
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