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Review by Rachel Hartig

August 20, 2016

Hartig review

“In Journey to Colonus, Frank Debrot has written an extremely powerful novel. It won’t suffice to read the nine chapters posted on the WEB. You are likely to surrender, as this reader did, to the need to read the complete novel, following his characters until the conclusion of their individual and collective journeys. Be advised that this might mean several sessions of reading until night becomes morning.

Set in Baxter University, an African-American institution, the novel centers on the intersecting lives of two instructors at the college, the white liberal, Jim Allan and his African-American activist colleague, Vincent Brown. Their personal and philosophical conflicts will be mediated by their common mentor, the elderly, brilliant Professor Doswell. The latter, an amazing creation, tired and wounded by his treatment as a black man of an earlier generation, grieving over the suffering his mistakes caused others, remains, nonetheless, a good man dedicated to work, family and friends. His trajectory and the evolution of the two central characters make this novel a profound and hopeful read.”


Rachel M. Hartig, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She is the author of Crossing the Divide.


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