At a glance:
- Author: Ishmael Reed
- First Published: 1993
- Type of Plot: Satire
- Time of Work: The 1990’s
- Setting: The fictitious Jack London College in Oakland, California
- Characters: Benjamin “Chappie” Puttbutt, Ishmael Reed, Dr. Yamato, Jack Only, Dr. Crabtree, Robert Bass, Jr., Robert Hurt, Bright Stool, Marsha Marx
- Genres: Long fiction, Satire, Novel
- Subjects: African Americans, North America or North Americans, United States or Americans, Africa or Africans, Racism, Interracial relationships, California, West, U.S., Asia or Asians, Multiculturalism, Colleges or universities, 1990's, Bilingualism, Japan or Japanese people, Japanese Americans
- Locales: California, United States, North America, Oakland, California
A satiric interpretation of Ishmael Reed’s America in the early 1990’s, Japanese by Spring is the story of a typical (though fictitious) California college in the final years of the George Bush administration. Japanese by Spring is written in three parts of unequal length, and concludes with an epilogue. Part 2 could be considered merely a brief interlude (at ten pages, it is half the length of the epilogue), except that it advances the plot sharply and is a focal point of the action in the novel.
The story begins with a brief biography and...
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