The Gospel Singer

The Gospel Singer To the dirt poor town of Enigma Georgia a local farm boy returns as a prosperous faith healer Though the townsfolk give way to a mindless idolization the Gospel Singer is tormented by the extent of

  • Title: The Gospel Singer
  • Author: Harry Crews
  • ISBN: 9780060971519
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • To the dirt poor town of Enigma, Georgia, a local farm boy returns as a prosperous faith healer Though the townsfolk give way to a mindless idolization, the Gospel Singer is tormented by the extent of his deception and is forced to admit his corrupt activities.

    The Gospel Singer A Novel Harry Crews The Gospel Singer A Novel Harry Crews on FREE shipping on qualifying offers When a local boy returns to Enigma, Georgia as a successful gospel singer, the townspeople, who idolize him The Gospel Singer by Harry Crews Community Reviews The main protagonist is the aforementioned Gospel Singer, other characters include his manager, a dead girl awaiting his melodic eulogy, his dysfunctional family of swamp dwelling pig loving simpletons, a murderer, the fevered townsfolk and the Top Gospel Singers of All Time TheTopTens Ryan Stevenson The Gospel Official Lyric Video YouTube Mar , It s the Gospel, the gospel that makes a way Lyric video directed by Tanner Johnston Creative Direction by Brad Moist Music produced mixed by Bryan Fowler for Fabmusic Mastered by Ambient Gospel Music Topic YouTube Gospel music is a genre of Christian music The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and gospel YouTube Gospel Actu, l mission produite par Digital Gospel Music pour toutes les actus Gospel en France et dans les les Gospel News, the show produced by Digital Gospel Music to get all the news about Gospel in France and in the islands. Best Gospel Singers Stars With The Voices Of Angels The Gospel Oct , But that s because it s telling an old, old story Within that old, old story a variety of subplots bring up real life issues in families, workplaces, churchesand excuses to bring on some very fine black gospel music as well as gospel adaptations of popular white tunes. Gospel music Gospel music The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby Gospel music publishing houses emerged The advent of radio in the s List of gospel musicians List of gospel musicians Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is a part in a series on Gospel music Roots and beginnings Christian Hymns Christian country music, Celtic gospel and British black gospel as well as artists in the general market who have recorded music in these genres.

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    About “Harry Crews”

    1. Harry Crews

      Harry Eugene Crews was born during the Great Depression to sharecroppers in Bacon County, Georgia His father died when he was an infant and his mother quickly remarried His mother later moved her sons to Jacksonville, Florida Crews is twice divorced and is the father of two sons His eldest son drowned in 1964 Crews served in the Korean War and, following the war, enrolled at the University of Florida under the G.I Bill After two years of school, Crews set out on an extended road trip He returned to the University of Florida in 1958 Later, after graduating from the master s program, Crews was denied entrance to the graduate program for Creative Writing He moved to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, where he taught English at Broward Community College In 1968, Crews first novel, The Gospel Singer, was published Crews returned to the University of Florida as an English faculty member In spring of 1997, Crews retired from UF to devote himself fully to writing Crews published continuously since his first novel, on average of one novel per year He died in 2012, at the age of 78.

    544 thoughts on “The Gospel Singer”

    1. What a book! It's one of those books that I would use some caution as to whom I may recommend. Ummm, I probably missed something but I never saw "that" ending coming. Crews is an amazing writer and exposes you to some interesting (to put it mildly) characters. I think I was expecting less from Crews because it was his debut novel, however I was completely blown away and should have never passed that judgement. "Judgement" that could be the word to explain(if it can be explained) this entire book [...]


    2. A great precautionary tale about The Gospel Singer , who with both physical beauty and the grandeur of his voice is able to rise high above the status of his poor pig farming past. But there is trouble looming when after becoming wildly famous he returns to his hometown and people have come to expect miracles and healing from him. A case where the illusion is far different than the man, and he knows and suffers for it. Third and best book yet I've read by Harry Crews.


    3. I’m a fan of Crews, frustrated by how hard it is to acquire his books (why don’t they get reprinted?). I fear he will be lost to history and as his memory is erased so goes my existence. As his first book, the un-named gospel singer is morally repugnant yet treated as holy by the hordes who see his beauty and godliness in his voice. People are saved on the spot and he merely takes advantage of his pickings, burying himself in lust. Everyone wants a piece of him, even the killer of his sexual [...]


    4. This is a fabulous but really quite insane novel about a guy who lives in the South of the USA and has a golden voice which he puts to good use doing the Lord's work. Well, yeah, that's a little tiny part of the story. The rest is pure mayhem, people doing dreadful things to each other and what's worse, to animals too, there ought to be a law. Although the way Harry Crews tells it, down there it's illegal NOT to do these things. Which I am not about to describe cause you may be at work reading t [...]


    5. The Gospel Singer is a veritable case study in Southern Gothic. All the usual suspects are present and accounted for: crown of thorn-twisted religiosity, atrocious subjugation of Blacks, fucking in the outdoors, et. al. What distinguishes Crews’ first novel is his idiosyncratic voice—even here in its nascent form, you sense that you’re reading an original with something special about the eyes. If Flannery O’Connor had picked up a bottle of Early Times instead of a fatal case of lupus, sh [...]


    6. I’m debunking the theory that your first Crews is your favorite. Or, at the very least, I’m proving myself the exception to the rule. Every Crews I’ve read has been a steady hike uphill, starting with A Feast of Snakes, on to A Childhood, and now, the latest but certainly not last: The Gospel Singer. It’s A Feast of Snakes meets Darin Morgan’s “Humbug” meets The Apostle, and that’s just where I’m trying to come up with a sentence that, had I told it to myself before I ever open [...]


    7. I propose this book as the canon of Southern Grotesque. The best I've read from Crews. Everything I want in one book, a joy and a pleasure to read!! I was surprised to see it was released in 1968. The addition of 1994's Where Does One Go When There's No Place Left To Go? was a wonderful and hilarious bonus!


    8. There is something about the book that didn't quite grab me. This is Harry Crews first novel, and it's something of a mix between Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. I felt like I had read this story before. If I wasn't so lazy I'd add the edition that I read, and put up the lurid 1968 mass market cover on it which looks like something a romance novel would have on it. The cover says it's a torrid novel, and the in big letters on the back the word SEX is written, with And Salvation a bit smaller. Th [...]



    9. Estamos en el sur americano y con un ritmo algo lento en sus principios los acontecimientos se van sucediendo de forma cada vez más angustiosa. Poco a poco, vamos conociendo la vida y los personajes que rodean dramática y literalmente a este cantante de gospel, a este mesías irreconciliable con su causa, atormentado por su farsa ante la multitud de impedidos o deformes, física o espiritualmente, que van tras sus pasos. Un mesías que quiere huir de sus orígenes, de esa gente que gusta de re [...]


    10. Crews' first novel published in 1968, the story centres around a gifted, deified singer returning to his poor hometown and a life and family he is so far removed from he now holds in contempt. The novel is as relevant today as when it was published, The Gospel Singer reveals the absurd blind faith of those who follow religion and idol worship, and the hypocrisy that results when sex and money are offered, its a vicious chain of flesh eating off flesh. The main protagonist is the aforementioned G [...]


    11. Inmensa macarrada con sentido la de Crews en la que fue su novela debut y que ha constituido mi bautismo de fuego del autor. Una historia mesiánica que adquiere proporciones épicas en el final y en la que no falta el buen humor al entrelazar un cantante de góspel con un circo de freaks y un pueblo de paletos supersticiosos del medio oeste norteamericano. Un cóctel explosivo que pretende reflejar de alguna manera la sociedad norteamericana y su desintegración de una manera como mínimo jocos [...]



    12. I've read a lot of Harry Crews. I started with "Celebration" and I loved it. I had never read anything so wildly Southern and strange. I knew I had to trace him down, finding used copies wherever I could. Since then, there's been plenty of disappointments, but this morning, finishing "The Gospel Singer," I know Crews will always be near the top of my list of favorite authors. God rest his soul.I don't even know what to write in my review without giving spoilers. Suffice it to say, The Gospel Sin [...]


    13. Harry Crews's books seem to get better with each reading. Perhaps this is because the reader can stop following the bizarre twists and turns of the plot line and focus on and appreciate the craftsmanship of the writing itself. The Gospel Singer is Crews's first book, and the story of the return to Enigma,Georgia (the little town in the swamp where the highway suddenly ends) of the town's favorite son, a sinning, womanizing singer of gospel songs who the townspeople believe can cure the sick and [...]


    14. my copy is a dell paperback, 95cents on the cover, the gospel singer and two women standing there, "a torrid novel by harry crews" in block lettering at the bottom.i believe this was crews's first novel. "men to whom god is dead worship one another."i've read this one several times. the gospel singer returns to enigma, georgia. home. family. friends. willalle bookatee is in jail. the people believe the gospel singer can do no wrong. the gospel singer has a manager. things happene gospel singer h [...]


    15. Like I said before, Crews knows sadness. Be prepared. And it's also a little funny, in a dark way. What makes this one sad is how people worship the gospel singer, who is completely undeserving. When you get down to it, a truly evil person. Not evil in the stereotypical ways, like killing kittens. But evil in the way Humbert Humbert is evil, or evil in the way a person knowingly turns someone else into something worse. But at the same time you feel bad for the gospel singer. You wonder if he mig [...]


    16. A wonderful sad, funny, fascinating book. I always associate it with Flannery O' Conner's Wise Blood, another of my favorites.


    17. Classic Crews and a must read for fans. Parts got a little long and repetitive. Might have worked as a short story just as well. Having read Blood and Marrow, it seems this might be from his approach to not killing darlings or taking editorial feedback positively. Feast of snakes remains my favorite and all we need of hell is better but this one might be better than knockout artist. Foot was an unleveraged character for as weird as he was, he didn’t even really serve subplot functions. Same wi [...]


    18. I first encountered this book in graduate school. It stunned me then and continues to do so today. The southern gothic and grotesque may not be for everyone to be sure. For me, it worked and this is a book I return to every now and again.


    19. It's Enigma, Georgia. The first stop in Crews Country. A place where people are so desperate to believe in miracles that they infuse all their hopes into The Gospel Singer. This book had an unforgettable ending that I was not expecting.




    20. A sage who left another comment about this book said something to the effect of "Your first Crews is your best." Although I wouldn't wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment, I must admit that I started withA Feast of Snakes, and though some have come close to that caliber, and some have stepped above it (without doubtA Childhood: The Biography of a Plce), this one did feel like the makings of Crews but not quite on the mark yet. My main objection might be that there is a lot of introspection an [...]


    21. "The letters poured in upon him wherever he was, begging him to come home, insisting, almost demanding, that he come back to Enigma and be with his own kind. But they were not his own kind, and had not been since he had found the gospel singing voice and probably were not even before that. Probably they had not been his own kind since he had been marked at birth with a kind of beauty that none of them had ever seen before. And the time had come when he couldn't even answer the letters himself be [...]


    22. Acuarela Libros, junto con Antonio Machado Libros, nos trae la primera novela del incomparable Harry Crews. El cantante de Gospel, publicado originalmente en 1968, supone el debut de uno de los autores malditos del gótico sureño que más patadas en la boca ha dado. Aunque las ventas no siempre le acompañasen. En esta irrepetible novela, el pueblo de Enigma recibe en una visita agridulce a su mayor tesoro, a su hijo prodigio: el cantante de Gospel. Un muchacho de rizos dorados, belleza excepci [...]


    23. I think Harry Crews books might work in the way that whatever one you read first is your favorite. (Mine happened to be Feast of Snakes). Gospel Singer potentially has more going for ite weird salvation/sexual connection is pretty interesting and backwards small town life (complete with a freak show) makes for richly entertaining reads. But the deal with every Crews book is that it serves purely as entertainment's really easy and usually possessing some degree of shock value that wears off quick [...]


    24. This is it; the one book that kick it in for me and knocked me off my feet. Crews' writing has a sensitivity and purity of prose that reveals the rawness of the southern grotesque along with its unforgettable characters. The Gospel Singer has all of that and then some. Get it with a side order of pork rinds and a cold draft, and praise the lord--you're going to need him. I think I'll read it again.


    25. Así como Cuerpo es una novela más estática, casi como una sitcom, El cantante de Gospel es una historia viva, una historia que va in crescendo, mucho más oscura, sexual, violenta y decadente, una primera novela tan impresionante que os va a joder el resto de lecturas a partir de este momentoajealrededordeunamesa.wordp


    26. Harry Crews' first novel. A story of what can happen when a person is, sometimes undeservedly, put on a pedestal and worshiped like some kind of deity. This book, as well as most of what I've read by Crews, is so twisted and wrong and yet is somehow touching at times. A dark dark book that'll make you think. I think I may want to attempt to adapt this into a play.


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