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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Panther (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586033734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586033739
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,632,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ralph Ellison noted that the Black man in the US was the "Invisible Man". This 1968 novel by two "new wave" science fiction authors uses this motif to make its point. A little girl is kidnapped. Her picture is everywhere. How can she be hidden, when that blonde hair is so conspicuous? Well, as you've guessed, she gets a pigment job. I'm delighted to see this back in print, it's been 30 years since I read it (at much the same time as Sam Greenlee's "The Spook Who Sat By The Door") and I still recall several setpieces, they're that strong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Black Alice 27 July 2010
By David Martucci - Published on Amazon.com
Black Alice by Thom Demijohn was a real intense, somewhat tongue in cheek novel which i have read twice. it was pretty profound for an easy read. The protagonist is a little white girl, who loves her black governess and actually wants to be black (her own parents are highly disfunctional). This occurs through a chain of events involving crime, intrigue and psychodrama. Along the way the reality of what it means to be a black child and invisible in white America at that time becomes clear to the reader. It is unpredictable and humorous, and most important, ends well on a just note.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good read. 17 Oct. 2008
By J. Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Thanks for the info. on Demijohn. Enjoyed his book, Black-Alice. Very thought provoking, interesting, amusing.
So many levels of misconception 18 Oct. 2013
By Christopher Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I read this book every five years or so, having found the gem close to when it came out in the college book store. The cover starts the illusion that the characters operate under; keep in mind the Birmingham church bombing which killed four young black girls was only in 1963, so this book immerses you in the time. In a time of so much outrage, this book gives distance to the age while pumping the pulse as this innocent child tries to escape the clutches of greedy folks after her money. It puts the strange mix of bedfellows black and white together in the escapade. Great fun and deep thought.
Interesting Perspective 22 April 2014
By J. Bettencourt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a very interesting book and seen from a completely different perspective. It was charming, witty and had me gob smacked several times. It does make the reader aware of how stifling the situation was in that era and really not that long ago. Makes us identify that particular racial situation with many different areas of bigotry in today's world. A very good read and highly recommended.
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Thom Demijohn was Thomas M. Disch... 8 July 2008
By T. Veitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's not well-known that the co-author of Black Alice was Thomas M. Disch, the great science fiction author. (His collaborator on the book was John Sladek, another SF great.) Disch died on July 4, 2008, an apparent suicide. May he rest in peace.
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