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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Baldwin, James

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Go Tell It on the Mountain
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As one of the century's premier American writers, James Baldwin has profoundly altered the nation's social and literary consciousness. "Go Tell It on the Mountain", Baldwin's first novel, brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, as it starkly contrasts two generations of an embattled black family.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2005
ISBN: 0385334575
9780385334570
Branch Call Number: FICTION BALDWIN 2005
Characteristics: 226 p. ;,21 cm

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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.


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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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