Praise. “A collection of essays straight out of Dante’s Inferno. The hell is there, and its name is America as with Malcolm X, Cleaver’s book is a. PDF | Despite its limitations, “Soul on Ice” is not only the closest and most influential Eldridge Cleaver’s efforts at sexual myth-making and analysis of black. Written by Erin Morris Eldridge Cleaver was a well-known leader of the Black In , Cleaver published his memoir Soul on Ice, which he wrote while.

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When I initially read this book forty some years ago as a chick still in high school I was naievly dazzled. If you can stomach it, I recommend it because it was well-written, vivid, and, seemingly, iec accurate depiction of Black male thou I’m not going to rate this book because I did not finish it, technically. An ideology which had flourished in the Black community throughout the Harlem Renaissance only to be subverted by the Great Depression, Red Scare nativism and individual economic gain.

Instead, he punches down so hard as to threaten the very integrity and legacy of his otherwise, sensitive and poetic writing. Not complex in the writing style or in terms of semantics. Bang – all of a sudden he’s writing critiques of Norman Mailer AuthorJames Baldwin and more – and his words have an Incredible. A happy medium was provided in which Cleaver detailed many troubles and thoughts that plagued him and society alike during the civil rights era.

He talks about the divisions that have been formed in our political systems and between the races that inhabit the Earth. Other than that most of Soul on Ice is a complete lump of garbage. Today we see the police violence cleaverr African-Americans and one can only think of the civil rights movement and the brutality that the police have shown the anti-establishment, revolutionary forces they have been confronted with.

I guess being incarcerated will do that to you. Furthermore, the Civil Rights Movement accepted white allies while Black Power concentrated on black skul.

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Yesterday I located the book. That’s what’s wrong with his relationship with his wife. The book was written at the right time. Apr 28, Miles Winston rated it really liked it. This site uses cookies. The pseudo-mythology from the conversation with the “Old Lazarus” is then used to formulate the bizarre thesis of “The Primeval Mitosis”. The text also included homophobic criticism of the writings of the black novelist James Baldwin.


This book is one of the several books I planned on reading to help fill in some of the woeful gaps in my knowledge of the Civil Rights movement. The brisk logic of his confession no longer strikes the necessary emotional tone which would convince me of his empathy for the victims.

If you’re related to very many black people, you’ve got one of these guys in your family. Cleaver epitomized a form of thought leadership manifesting itself in this whirlwind period of Black radicalism which had wrestled ideological domin Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60’s as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power.

My answer is a tentative yes.

It will give insight and hopefully move us a bit more into the light. Although it contains a wealth of exposure to many o I had to be very careful with this review because I had to remember that I was reviewing the book and not assessing Eldridge Cleaver as a person.

But the difference between the book and a pamphlet of honky-hating propaganda is that good ol’ Elridge takes the time to explain and dissect the issues; e. It is a trauma that is manifest in the sickness of Eldridge Cleaver.

Inhis family moved to Watts, Californiawhere, although the racial climate was not as acute, the young Cleaver began delving into petty crime. This book is incendiary, a Molotov cocktail lobbed into the unstill and unorganized masses of Black America, eldrigde them to cast off their chains, regain their bodies, their minds, and burn White American Power to the ground. Where once existed an intellectual curiosity to understand the psychology, I can now experience only the utmost antipathy as he outlines refining his technique by practicing on Black girls before crossing over to white.

I quickly understood, back then, that to attempt to refute Clevaer was to admit immediate defeat. I lce want to call Cleaver a victim, but how else do you describe the black American?


Return to Book Page. It is in fact very ugly, Cleaver is somewhat extreme, but can you blame him? Cleaver represents through his writing the tortured black, tortured intellect, tortured poor, tortured criminal I’m not cool with Cleaver, but I’m cool with this good book. I feel compelled to try to negate the overwhelmingly negative atmosphere on this page of Goodreads reviews, and to try to do so as convincingly as one person can amidst such abundant ignorance.

Soul On Ice is the seminal collection of social criticism by Eldridge Cleaver framing his observance of the drastic transformation occurring during the late 60’s as nonviolent civil disobedience gave rise to a vitriolic demand for Black Power. For some interracial intimacy amounted to an attempt to reject Black culture and assimilate into Whiteness.

Soul on Ice

But just a great read, and every time I think that his admonitions are archaic, I just turn on the news. If the 60s utopianism of the middle passages give you pause, the last three or four pieces in this book will make you gag on what you thought you knew about blackness in America. Perhaps a lesson to the memoir writer that it doesn’t matter if you one whole, most important point is love and that is the context of the universe, yes?

New York, New York: Though of course it is disappointing to read other reviewers respond to the rapes and the harsh statement against homosexuality as if the book’s answer is an approval of rape or an approval of boxing off heterosexuality reading the book in itself- I have not researched what other comments Cleaver made. The mass media rush forward with grinding cameras and extend microphones as though some great oracle were about to lay down a new covenant from God; when in reality, all that has happened is that the blacks have been sold out again.

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