Orginal Publication Date
Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Upon first opening Black Lightning, the reader is surprised to find a fifteen-page introduction to a 136-page novel. Suspicions arise that here is a story that does not speak for itself! Careful examination reveals the introduction to be a scholarly, thorough (if a bit repetitious) review of the novel by Jean D'Costa of Hamilton College in New York. First published in 1955 (the same year Mais died at the age of fifty), Black Lightning was published again in 1983 as part of the Caribbean Writers Series with the introduction by D'Costa included. After reading the novel, one suspects that the introduction has been added in an attempt to elevate or justify a poorly-constructed work.
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