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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Baldwin, James

(Book - 1995)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Go Tell It on the Mountain
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Describes a day in the life of several members of a Harlem fundamentalist church. The saga of three generations of people is related through flashbacks.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1995
Edition: 1995 Modern Library ed
ISBN: 9780679601548
0679601546
Branch Call Number: FICTION BALDWIN
Characteristics: vii, 291 p. ;,20 cm

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Join the discussion on May 19, 2015. Describes a day in the life of several members of a Harlem fundamentalist church. The saga of three generations is related through flashbacks.


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Aug 01, 2014
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 17, 2013
  • ZolaFan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2012
  • TKasongo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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