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Go Tell it on the Mountain By James Baldwin

Go Tell it on the Mountain
by James Baldwin

The story of the guilt, bitterness and spiritual strivings of the Grimes family which is told as the son, John, faces the issue of religious conversion in the Temple of the Fire Baptised. The author has also written "Giovanni's Room", "Another Country" and "The Fire Next Time".

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This haunting coming-of-age story, based in part on James Baldwin's childhood in Harlem, is an American classic. <p> Originally published in 1953, <i>Go Tell It on the Mountain </i>was Baldwin's first major work. 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. In prose that mingles gritty vernacular cadences with exalted biblical rhythms, Baldwin's rendering of his young protagonist's struggle to invent himself pioneered new possibilities in American language and literature. </p><p>Introduction by Edwidge Danticat</p>

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GOR001183034
Go Tell it on the Mountain
James Baldwin
Used - Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
1991-01-31
256
0140184503
9780140184501
N/A
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.