Willard Motley, Let Noon be Fair

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Let Noon Be Fair (1966) is the last novel of Chicago African American novelist Willard Motley. Published posthumously, the book builds on Motley's long residence in Mexico by telling the story of a small coastal Mexican village (based on Puerto Vallarta) that becomes a centre for tourists from the USA. Motley's thesis is that the economic benefits that come with tourism are completely outweighed by negative factors – the loss of authentic Mexican culture and an accompanying loss of self respect among the citizens of the town.

As he had done in his second novel, We Fished All Night, Motley attempted to create a panoramic novel treating a major social upheaval. As before he was less successful than he had been in …

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Citation: Fleming, Robert E.. "Let Noon be Fair". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 March 2001 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4016, accessed 30 May 2023.]

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