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The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
The Fire Next Time
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A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial... show more
A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679744726 (067974472X)
ASIN: 067974472X
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 120
Edition language: English
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Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
5.0 This short book written decades ago, is till true today.
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin As I began to read the first of two letters in this brief book written in 1963, I was struck by the message which seemed to contain elements of hopeless resignation and self-loathing. It was a letter that outlined injustice and placed blame on many shoulders. It ope...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
5.0 The Fire Next Time
“...if the word integration means anything, this is what it means: that we, with love, shall force our brothers to see themselves as they are, to cease fleeing from reality and begin to change it.” “White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love th...
Book Babble
Book Babble rated it
5.0 The Fire Next Time
Between the letter James Baldwin addresses to his nephew and the "letter from a region in his mind" that follows it, there are so many questions, answers and comments that he brilliantly presents regarding some of the great social issues of the 1960’s. Today the characters have changed, but similar ...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
5.0
First read in 2008.This book is so beautiful and clear. Baldwin has forced himself, against all the violence heaped upon him and those around him, not to see through hatred and think through hatred, which would be just after all. He outlines and touches on so many of the issues that are still real a...
lanewillson
lanewillson rated it
4.0 The Fire Next Time
Baldwin offers no place to hide for anyone, black or white, and does so in a style that is so mesmerizing the reader can not look away.
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