Go tell it on the mountain : [a novel]
"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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And then.....?User Review - ninjamamasaurus - Borders
I figured that the author knew I wouldn't care to read the few chapters that concluded this book, so he left them out. Ending or no ending, the story was a word vomit of all the things most of us try to separate ourselves from in our lives. I finished the book feeling empty and disgusted. Read full review
I'm approaching 60 and I'm re-reading this book that I first read when I was 15 or so. I still remember some of the images conjured up for me at the first reading by Baldwin's powerful prose. Pain and shame and desire rise to unbearable heights in the characters, with the slow and swelling strength of one of the fiery sermons described in the novel, that has the faithful falling on their knees and weeping. To me this isn't just Black American literature, it can enthrall readers from anywhere in the world.
THE SEVENTH DAY 1
THE PRAYERS OF THE SAINTS
P A R T T H R E