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review 2016-07-09 00:00
Another Country
Another Country - James Baldwin A small knot of people in Greenwich Village become friends, sleep together, abuse each other emotionally and physically, and yet somehow you can still believe that they care for each other. Their relationships are fluid, but Another Country demonstrates how devastating the wounds those relationships create can be.

Rufus ties all of them together, his appearances are relatively few but his presence is felt on every page. Between Rufus' personal experiences and the picture Baldwin draws of New York City in the 1950s the fact that he's all anyone can think about is not a comforting thought.

Baldwin's reputation looms large, but I'd never read any of his work before. This is an angrey novel, bleak and passionate, and extremely readable. Its demands are high, but with some breaks of sunshine and fresh air there's nothing onerous about it.
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text 2016-03-14 15:30
King of Another Country
King of Another Country - Fiona French

Note: In an African village there lived a young man named Ojo. Ojo was not like the other people in the village because he never helped anyone. Ojo never said "Yes". Then one day the King of the Forest offers to make Ojo the king of another land. And Ojo learns to say "Yes". An appealing story of a selfish young man's education.

Source: French, F. (1997). King of another country. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
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text 2015-12-29 12:59
Bookhaul #22

This is just a short bookhaul (only two books) but my plan is to not to buy any anytime soon, so I just wanted to show you these two.

First I got the Vintage Children's edition of The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. I read this book two years ago for school and absolutely loved (well...) it, but I never owned a copy. I came across this one and because I also want to re-read it, I decided to buy it, This cover is absolutely beautiful! Oh and I also realised that this book only excists 10 years (in 2016) and it's already classified as a classic... what?! I thought it was written in the '70 or something.


Another Country is one of those books that I wanted for so long, but never bought it because there was that issue with this edition. Everywhere online I saw the same isbn with a different cover and I only wanted this one. Last week I decided to mail the company (site) that showed this cover because I wanted to be sure that if I order it, I really would receive this edition and I did! I'm so happy you guys.


I also received thos character cards from Victoria Schwab. These cards match with the characters from Vicious and they are so beautiful!


This will be the last bookhaul for a while (lol, lie!) so yea.


What is your latest book purchase?

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review 2014-10-15 00:00
Another Country


It’s the late fifties in New York and Another Country begins following the ineffaceable Rufus Scott. He’s a jazz musician whose luck seems to have run out. From there the story of Another Country unfolds in three parts to uncover artists on their journey to survive life among racial unrest, misguided friendships, vacillating sexuality, societal pressures, and all while discovering a myriad of unlikable, flawed characters.

Another Country is a slow burn of a story that will suck you in and keep you hooked. It’s not a story of plot. It is a novel which is purely character development. Each character is introduced in juxtaposition with another character to stress their faults. The IMG_0956characters are placed in a setting that can only make their development thought-provoking. We as readers are like flies on the wall observing this unavoidable train wreck between “friends”. The tension is continuous. The language is clever, direct, and depicts a lot of the criticisms Baldwin had on race, sexuality, and life in the United States at that time.

Rufus’s sister Ida is Baldwin’s mouth piece. Every phrase and critic she makes throughout the novel espouses Baldwin’s beliefs on race relations at that time in the United States. “What you people don’t know ” she said, “is that life is a bitch, baby. It’s the biggest hype going. You don’t have any experience in paying your dues and it’s going to be rough on you, baby, when the deal goes down. They’re lots of back dues to be collected, and I know damn well you haven’t got a penny saved.” (Another Country, p. 343) This is what Ida says to Cass towards the end of the novel in a taxi on their way to a club on Seventh Avenue, to see a lowdown man called Steve Ellis. Steve Ellis looks down on blacks yet he’s quite happy to use black women to fulfil his desires. Ida’s rage is spewed out on these few pages. She’s confronting Cass who is the antithesis of her. Cass is white from a privileged family and tries to appear to be sympathetic to blacks when in fact she’s afraid of them. She lives in the world and doesn’t see what surrounds her – racial injustice. She is consumed in her own petty life. Most of the characters in this group are the same way. Eric is the only character that is honest, who sees the difficulties, and is honest about his role, even when he’s betraying a friend.

Richard, Cass’s husband, is a self absorbent racist, who believes he’s an intellectual and a good writer. His character is cold, calculating, and unfeeling. It’s impossible that he could ever really be a successful writer, and he refuses to admit it to himself. Vivaldo is the character that I liked the most, in spite of his terrible faults. He’s ambivalent at times about his sexuality, but his love for Ida seems to be real yet unattainable. Unfortunately, they are on opposite sides. Ida can never love a white man without taunting him and making him feel some sort of guilt that their relationship is wrong. She shares a part of that guilt as well. On the other hand, Vivaldo has a slight fetish for black women so when he says he loves Ida, his jealousy rages and he always seems to treat Ida as property or as if she’s a loose woman – very unsettling. The thing is he doesn’t even realise it. Moreover, that’s not all he doesn’t realise. He seems to make light of the difficulties that blacks have in society and refuses to see the differences.

So as you can see the novel has so many layers with so many themes and the characters are flawed just enough to learn a lot about the time period, about life in New York for artists in the late fifties, and about different backgrounds. I’d say this is by far my favorite Baldwin novel. I’m sure to read this one again in a few years. There are so many new things to discover that I’m sure I may have missed. So far, I’ve read If Beale Street Could Talk, Giovanni’s Room, Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems, and finally Another Country. I’m so happy to have had the pleasure to pick up his fantastic work and I urge you all to do so too. Baldwin was one of the great American writers that isn’t spoken enough about in schools these days and we as readers can learn so much from reading his work. As my reading continues on the road to discover more of Baldwin’s work, I’m hesitating between picking up Go Tell it on the Mountain or The Fire Next Time. So have you read any Baldwin? If so what did you think? What have you read? What would you like to pick up next? Which one should I pick up? 

Source: didibooksenglish.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/another-country
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video SPOILER ALERT! 2014-10-14 23:54

Booktube Live show discussion of Another Country by James Baldwin with Danielle from OneSmallPaw.

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