If Beale Street Could Talk
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and... show more
In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice. Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen-year-old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin’s story mixes the sweet and the sad. Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned. Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions–affection, despair, and hope. In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
Publish date: October 10th 2006
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
If Beale Street Could Talk is sublime. For those who saw the movie, not everything in the novel stays the same, there are some scenes that I assume were cut for time. I thought that the way this ended was pretty perfect though. This book is told from the POV of 18 year old Tish. She is dealing wit...
Έχει μια έντονη αίσθηση μελοδράματος και σαπουνόπερας - από τις ποιοτικές έστω - χωρίς εντούτοις αυτό να αφαιρεί από την πρόζα του τη συναισθηματική ειλικρίνεια στην αποτύπωση της αμερικανικής κοινωνίας στη δεκαετία του '70.
In this book what I loved was Tish’s devotion to save Fonny, her optimism in the face of all that is going against them. Also, in the story, everything goes counter to what we would expect normally, even the end. Baldwin has caught the true reality of life, particularly of a young Afro-American man,...
Baldwin writes the best characters ever. No, he writes characters best. I could have done without the odd little sections where he has Tish go on about the sanctity of blokes bonding and how it's better than anything else ever but such a small out of character moment next to everything else that is ...
I think this was the last book I read of James Baldwin. I remember thinking it had a different feel from his other books.