Go Tell it on the Mountain

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Penguin Adult, Oct 4, 2001 - Fiction - 272 pages
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"Nothing but the darkness, and all around them destruction, and before them nothing but the fire--a bastard people, far from God, singing and crying in the wilderness!" First published in 1953, Baldwin's first novel is a short but intense, semi-autobiographical exploration of the troubled life of the Grimes family in Harlem during the Depression.

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User Review  - Liza - Goodreads

It was confusing at times and I wish someone could help me understand. I felt that the writing was deep, but I could not penetrate the surface. I often have this feeling when I read poetry. Read full review

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User Review  - Crystal Belle - Goodreads

I love Baldwin, but this was not one of my favorites. Excellent themes with regard to black masculinity and the consequences of slavery. What frustrated me was the inconsistency of the narrative at times... Dense prose and too little dialogue. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Born in Harlem in 1924, Baldwin had an early career as a teenage preacher. He lived in Paris from 1948-1956 and his first novels, the autobiographical GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN and GIOVANNI'S ROOM established him as a promising novelist and anticipated some of the themes of his later works, such as racism and sexuality. He became a prominent spokesperson for racial equality, especially during the civil rights movement. He lived in France during his last years. Baldwin died in 1987.

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