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Donald Goines Selection Review

Donald Goines The selection is a review of acclaimed novels by Donald Goines: Dopefiend, Whoreson, and White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief are what Greg Goode of the University of Rochester called, "A new fictional genre...ghetto realism." Dopefiend Raw. This is the word that describes Dopefiend. Based in a Detroit ghetto, Goines tells you the story about his experiences as an addict. He places the reader in very uncomfortable situations: junkies getting their fix, prostitutes with their Read more [...]

Dopefiend—Donald Goines

Raw. This is the word that describes Dopefiend. Based in a Detroit ghetto, Goines tells you the story about his experiences as an addict. He places the reader in very uncomfortable situations: junkies getting their fix, prostitutes with their "johns,"  and the use of heroine being cooked up. Goines hits you with the needle that leaves a mark in your psyche. Like any great novel, the unexpected is vital. In Dopefiend, the unexpected is deliberately disturbing. There are very few characters in this Read more [...]