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A bawdy, Rabelaisian tale of sex, food and gossip set in more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552080543
  • 9780552080545

Review Text

Pinktoes is one of the flesh-tinted publications which has emigrated via the Olympia Press and it is, like Candy, sex in the form of satire and satire in the form of sex. "Pinktoes", explaines Himes, "is a term of indulgent affection applied to white women by Negro men, and sometimes conversely by Negro women to white men, but never adversely by either." This is the hortatory tone Himes maintains throughout even when tying tinsel on the Negro problem in general, mock do-gooders and casual Harlem habitues. The central joke concerns interracial promiscuity and some of its little blue secrets and at times the plot is practically invisible, lost among some twenty or thirty characters - a miscellany of cinnamon miscegenation. Presiding queen and prime mover of this society is Mrs. Mamie Mason who has three lovers and a wandering husband. No, four lovers. Three of them are venerable representatives of the "Rothschild Foundation" (Rockefeller?), the Southern Committee for the Preservation of Justice, and of a great Southern Negro college. Mamie organizes her committee of colored women to figure out a foolproof way of keeping colored men from running off with white women....Some readers will not find the humor colorfast, and others will crumple with embarrassment at trebled entendres. Strong publisher push. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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57 ratings
3.66 out of 5 stars
5 16% (9)
4 44% (25)
3 32% (18)
2 9% (5)
1 0% (0)
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