Manchild in the Promised Land

Manchild in the Promised Land

Book - 2012
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The autobiography of a young black man raised in Harlem. A realistic description of life in the ghetto.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2012
ISBN: 9781451631579
145163157X
9781451626674
1451626673
Branch Call Number: BIOGRAPHY 305.89607 BROWN 2012
Characteristics: xii, 402 pages ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Mar 13, 2018

1965 autobiographical novel that exposed readers to a different side of the black experience. Born in Harlem, where much of the book is set, Claude Brown followed the trail that was blazed by writers like Ellison, Wright, and Baldwin. What separates him is that he describes more than explains, if that makes sense. There's no obvious message, he's just sketching his Harlem, which is populated by hustlers, whores, pimps, small time crooks, junkies, dealers, musicians, and a bunch of people just trying to get by. While it runs a little long (400 pages), it's an important document of the period and one which still resonates today.

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SeattleStark
Oct 28, 2017

An essential must read for any american interested in the African Diaspora. I am first generation from the pacific islands, yet the authour wrote in such a way that the migration of southern African-American's heading north resonated with me through many situations in the book. Like cooking bacon using hair greese, where I'm from we call that FOB.... Fresh Off the Boat.

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DarlingDebster
Nov 15, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book; my father read it first and informed me to read it because it was one awesome book. I've never regretted reading this novel. Mr. Brown did a great job telling this story. It's almost as if you will get caught in a dazed of playing the book out in your head. Truly a novel worth reading. There was never a bland moment. Please, READ IT!

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DarlingDebster
Nov 15, 2013

DarlingDebster thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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