Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

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"'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,' originally 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 one Saturday in March of 1935 of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle toward self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International/Random House LLC, 2013, c1952.
Edition: 1st ed..
ISBN: 9780679601548
0679601546
9780440330073
0440330076
9780385334570
9780375701870
Call Number: BALDWIN
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: Bildungsromans.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Racism -- United States -- Fiction.
African American families -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Religion -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
African American men -- Fiction.

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Franln Dec 17, 2017

I wanted to like this book more because I am so intrigued by James Baldwin, but it was not an easy read. The semi-autobiographical stories about his family's beginnings are definitely interesting, but about 1/3 of the book was a bunch of religiousy prose that I could not make sense of or get into. Still an amazing writer though.

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Aug 01, 2014

This rating system doesn't work for me on this book. It's beautifully written and is a powerful image of the intricate latticework of emotions, culture, and family that make up John's world in a northern city in the early 20th century. I DO understand why some people turn to religion for hope in hard times and trying circumstances. Certainly the folks who inhabit this story have a need for the hope that there's something better later on; however, I'm not a fan of the hypocrisy of religion, those who use religion to justify their actions, or those who ascribe everything in their lives to some all-powerful, all-knowing force. Gabriel, in particular, rankled, which I'm sure Mr. Baldwin intended, but so did so many of the other characters' actions and attitudes. And for John, I almost cried at the ending, and not with happiness. So with all the sermonizing and testifying to wade through, I didn't "like" this book, but I'm glad I read it.

ZolaFan Jan 17, 2013

Powerful, powerful, powerful. Muscular and poetic prose. Leaves a lasting impression.

TKasongo Jul 09, 2012

I really enjoyed this book and the way James Baldwin writes is amazing. I love how poetic and descriptive he is.

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