Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

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"With a potent combination of lyrical compassion and resonant rage, he portrays a fourteen-year-old boy questioning the terms of his identity. John Grimes is the stepson of a fire-breathing and abusive Pentecostal preacher in Harlem during the Depression. The action of this short novel spans a single day in John’s life, and yet manages to encompass on an epic scale his family’s troubled past and his own inchoate longings for the future, set against a shining vision of a city where he both does and does not belong. Baldwin’s story illuminates the racism his characters face as well as the double-edged role religion plays in their lives, both oppressive and inspirational."--
Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library, [2016]
ISBN: 9781101907610
1101907614
Branch Call Number: Baldwin, J
BALDWIN J
Characteristics: xxvii, 236 pages; 22 cm

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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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