Shirley Ann Grau
I felt reading this book was a duty rather than a pleasure. It felt very old-fashioned to me, but I had heard of it and felt I should check it out. It was only $1.99, so what did I have to lose? It held my interest, but the story of a multi-generational family in New Orleans didn’t seem fresh or innovative to me. In fact the only character I was really interested in reading about was the black factotum.
This story may have been new and exciting in 1971, but it reads like warmed-over grits today. The writing is excellent, but the story is tired.