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The favorite song was "Frankie and Johnnie," sung off key. "Frankie and Johnnie
were lovers! Oh, lordy, how they could love! They swore to be true to each other,
Just as true as the stars above — He was her man, But he done her wrong." "Go
on," said Hooker. "No. It's too loud and too long. Your mama would come down
here and shoot us," Iris laughed. "Like she says she will about the TV." "Anyway,
it'd get her to come down." "She'll come down, someday." "The day you sing on
"Phooey!" Hooker blinked in anticipation. Gilbert drank his beer from the bottle.
Iris lighted a cigarette. She spoke slowly. "This story of Frankie and Johnnie, it's
about the town I come from, you know. Carter's Bridge. Down near Niag'ra, there.
This was one of those towns, all colored, from the days of the underground
railway: All we colored people set up freedom towns, you know, when we
escaped the slavery down south." "You were never a slave, you said." "I wasn't.
Nor was my dad.
Frankie had a Negro's pride. She also had a gun. And she took this gun and her
pride downtown, and she went into that hotel in Carter's Bridge and up to
Johnnie's room where she shot him dead. But before he died, Johnnie said to
Frankie: Frankie, believe me, it was really you I loved. This white girl didn't mean
nothing to me. I just had her for a few kisses. And Frankie said: Oh Johnnie, you
was my man an' you did me wrong, but I forgive you. And Johnnie said: Roll me
over, Frankie ...
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Set in the summer months of 1964, the story is about a well-to-do family of breeding residing in a wealthy neighborhood in Ontario. 11-year old Hooker Winslow is surrounded by his family, a family ... Consulter l'avis complet
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I've read this novel twice. It is a remarkable first novel; Findley lived up to this beginning and then some during his lifetime. The main character is both hero and victim even while he victimizes ... Consulter l'avis complet
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