Literary Precedents for Gone Fishin'

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Gone Fishin', actually a first novel unpublished until five mysteries were in print, emanates in part from Mosley's reading of the French existentialist writers, among them Albert Camus (The Stranger, 1942; see separate entry). The influence of Camus is evident in the way Easy thinks through moral precepts while he confronts the absurdities of a white racist society. It was not the French novelists, however, but Alice Walker'sThe Color Purple (1982; see separate entry) that opened to Mosley the possibilities for his narrative voice.

Because of its locale and characterizations, Gone Fishin' has been called a Southern Gothic and related to the novels of William Faulkner. Because of efforts to depict the realities of everyday life for African-Americans, Mosley and reviewers of his work place him in the literary tradition of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Toni Morrison (see separate entries). Critical commentary relates Mosley's dialogue, built upon a...

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Gone Fishin' from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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