"I had all the girls one after the other, but it was too simple, a little sickening. "
Lee Anderson, twenty-six years old, the son of a mixed race woman, leaves his hometown after his black brother is lynched for being in love with a white woman. He ends up in Buckton, a small town in the South of the United States, where he becomes a bookstore manager. Tall, well-built, a willing drinker and a skilled blues musician, Lee easily seduces most of the local teenage girls. With a small local gang in need of alcohol but very interested in sex, he leads a life of debauchery. But he never loses sight of his real goal: to avenge his brother's death.
Far from the usual novels of Boris Vian, this story is probably the most violent, the most raw and at the same time the most representative of the style "Vernon Sullivan". Through a harsh story where violent sexuality is omnipresent, Vian denounces the prevailing racism and the precarious condition of blacks in the South of the United States.
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