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Go Tell it on the Mountain - James Baldwin
Go Tell it on the Mountain
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"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness,... show more
"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385334570 (0385334575)
Publisher: Dial Press Trade Paperback
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
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philoSophie
philoSophie rated it
3.0 Go Tell It on the Mountain
It was his identity, and part, therefore, of that wickedness for which his father beat him and to which he clung in order to withstand his father. His father’s arm, rising and falling, might make him cry, and that voice might cause him to tremble; yet his father could never be entirely the victor, f...
Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 First fiction by Baldwin.
First he wrote, and first I've read, though I did read The Fire Next Time and Notes of a Native Son previously. As with his non-fiction, the man's ability to put together a perfect sentence, and then string those sentences together into a heart-stoppingly beautiful paragraph, and then do it again ...
EpicFehlReader
EpicFehlReader rated it
4.0 Review | Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
“Mountain,” Baldwin said, “is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” Go Tell It on the Mountain, originally published in 1953, is Baldwin’s first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, re...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
4.0 Go Tell It on the Mountain
So as I said initially this book was a little bit weird for me. I think it's because we follow several characters and I thought the latter half of the book just was not that great because of all of the jumping around that takes place.The main part of the story takes place in Harlem in the 1930s. The...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
3.0 Review: Go Tell it on the Mountain
No doubt, James Baldwin had a mastery of the English language. There is a lilt to his words that echoes the classics of literature. With its religious theme, Go Tell It on the Mountain nearly comes across seamlessly as another testament of the Bible. I believe this was Baldwin's intention, but if no...
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