Go Tell It on the Mountain By James Baldwin

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Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) By James Baldwin

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Book/Novel Author: James Baldwin

Book/Novel Title: Go Tell It on the Mountain

 

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In one of the greatest American classics, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin tells the story of the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Originally published in 1953, Baldwin said of his first novel, “Mountain is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” “With vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details … [a] feverish story.” —The New York Times
This book is very insightful into the lives of the people of a family brought up in a Christian home.The insights into the individual lives can help you understand the heart, desire and emotions of others in that relationship.I was so moved by the characters in the book as I believe it will help me to more fully appreciate those I am in relationship with.

This classic is biblical in range and poetic in style.The depth to which Baldwin explores the grit and spirit puts this novel in the league with Catcher and the Autobiography of Malcom X.A must-read for anyone who wants to approach an understanding of what is like to be black in America.
James Baldwin is a master of pace and form and, though not sparse with his words, never wastes a single one. Go Tell it on The Mountain is no exception. Baldwin’s great gift is his ability to make the reader truly feel the spirit and emotion of his characters, and of himself.
While Baldwin is a little repetitive, his insights reveal how racism is systemic in the U S, and that we have a long journey to try to ameliorate its effects.

 

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