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Young Beaunorus Green and his white wife, Ruth, have come to Texas so that Bo can teach Basic Communication for the summer semester at Bundy (Colored Agricultural and Normal) University, where his uncle, Achille T. Washington, is president. ItMoreYoung Beaunorus Green and his white wife, Ruth, have come to Texas so that Bo can teach Basic Communication for the summer semester at Bundy (Colored Agricultural and Normal) University, where his uncle, Achille T. Washington, is president. It doesnt take matters long to get entangled and fascinating, humorous and fiercely poignant. The result is a novel guaranteed to stay with the reader for a very long time to come.Bo has met his Uncle Archie only briefly before, and he soon realizes that he might as well be a stranger when it comes to judging this almost mythic, powerful--even terrifying--yet undeniably compelling man. As he balances campus resentments against campus results, Bo is forced to take his own measure of the enigma that is his uncle. To the superficial eye it might seem easy to bring in a guilty verdict against a man, monstrous and sadistic, who has his fling with coeds and faculty wives, is given to drunken rages, beats his wife, cheats at cards, and even sets fire to his cat. Yet how to balance all this against the man without whose energy, ambition, and way with the white man there would be no Bundy?Henry Prudhomme, veteran of a thousand marches and skirmishes of the black mans Revolution, eloquent preacher-Marxist, beloved campus guru, states the case for the opposition: The Man says yes--come on, niggers, were gonna set you up with some education. And what do we get? Dozens of glorified high schools scattered all over the South--colored agricultural universities, colored mechanical universities, colored normal universities--the biggest mouthful of higher lowdown education in the world. Thats what happens when the Man says yes. Before he succumbs to the cancer gnawing at him, Henry has sworn to bring down Archie.Judgment on Archie Washington and on Bundy is by no means the sole dramatic mainspring of The Man Says Yes. Its richness of theme and tongue defy brief synopsis. What happens to stretch and test the marriage of Ruth and Bo, the yearning aspirations of young Toast Washington, Archies son, the varied way in which students and teachers work out their defiances and compromises, the whole assault on the senses and sensibilities that this unique community mounts are brilliantly conveyed. Like Bo Green, the reader is going to be looking at a lot of things differently when he finishes this vibrant novel.