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Go Tell It on the Mountain

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ISBN13: 9780440330073
ISBN10: 0440330076
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James Baldwin's stunning first novel is now an  American classic. With startling realism that brings  Harlem and the black experience vividly to life,  this is a work that touches the heart with emotion  while it stimulates the mind with its narrative  style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism  in America. Moving through time from the rural  South to the northern ghetto, starkly contrasting the  attitudes of two generations of an embattles  family, Go Tell It On The Mountain  is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught  up in a dramatic struggle and of a society  confronting inevitable change.

"The most important  novel written about the American Negro,"  says Commentary. "It is written  with poetic intensity and great narrative skill,"  writes Harper's.  Saturday Review praises it as "masterful,"  and the San Francisco Chronicle  declares that this important American novel is  "brutal, objective and compassionate."

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g.donahue, August 9, 2010 (view all comments by g.donahue)

James Baldwin’s, Go Tell It On The Mountain, tells the story of two generations of an African-American family who began their migration from the south to the northern city of Harlem beginning in 1900. John, the 14-year old stepson of Gabriel Grimes, begins our journey as an up and coming preacher on his 14th birthday, March of 1935. Walking that night with his family to the storefront church in Harlem, the story jogs backward to the previous generation’s struggles migrating north to escape the oppressions both outside and inside the family--finding its way back to the storefront church to witness John’s cathartic awakening. Each family member has his or her own riveting story of the past, yet each is interdependent and leads back to young John’s awakening. John, a young black man in 1930’s Harlem must deal with a religious zealot of a step-father, a community of poverty and violence; yet he finds hope in this insular black community in America which preached the self-worth and intelligence of the black for the first time. Baldwin speaks through a style of veiled biblical references dotted with nuggets of prose that transcend any race and time. This recommended read will challenge and grab you at the same time.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440330073
Author:
Baldwin, James A.
Publisher:
Dell
Author:
Baldwin, James A.
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Racism
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Afro-american men
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one auth
Subject:
African American men
Subject:
African American families
Subject:
Afro-American men -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
New Laurel ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
98-15
Publication Date:
November 1985
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.10x4.09x.75 in. .29 lbs.

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