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Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International)
by James Baldwin

Published: 2013-09-12
Mass Market Paperback : 272 pages
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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, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological ...
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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, 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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Role of religion in the community, and the protagonist
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  "Survival of the Spirit"by LER (see profile) 07/05/19

Baldwin’s powerful use of words to bring to life the strong characters and at times brutal moments of his protagonist's pentecostal upbringing are terrifying and held me until the very ... (read more)

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