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I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey | [Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad]

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s. His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow.
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In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s.

His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.

©1956 Langston Hughes (P)2011 Random House

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    Arthur North Kitsap County, Washington, USA 12-07-14
    Arthur North Kitsap County, Washington, USA 12-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Should be on everyone's must read list!"

    This is a fascinating memoir of Mr. Hughes' journey(s) around the globe during the 1930's. From the Americas through Europe, the Soviet Union, Shanghai, Japan, Spain and back. Mr. Hughes seemed to be near the center of most of the major events of that decade.

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    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 08-10-14
    Marva Gaithersburg, MD, United States 08-10-14 Member Since 2013

    The Journalist who loves Jack Russels!

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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Wonder as I Wander to be better than the print version?

    Cannot say, didn't read the print version. But, I can say that the Narrator was the book most enjoyable to listen to. His voice never wavered and, though I've read several books, his narrating, by far, was excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I Wonder as I Wander?

    The incredible journey throughout Russia and beyond.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several scenes that were moving - i.e., leaving home for Florida and Haiti, traveling abroad, returning to Mexico, home and returning, once again, across the water to Paris - all were moving. Though he had little money, he had fun and met so many wonderful and gracious people along the way. The last chapter made an excellent notation: Mr. Hugest stated he wanted to be a professional writer, travel, meet people and view main events. I felt like I witnessed and viewed them with him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think it was the timeline. My mother often shared stories of the 30s; and hearing this fabulous book, made me feel like I was living it with the author.


    Any additional comments?

    I had heard of Mr. Langston Hughes and his fabulous poetry; this book, however, was beyond anything I'd ever thought or read. It should be a must read for all.
    Great, GrEaT BOOK!!

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    Retired Walpole, NH USA 04-25-12
    Retired Walpole, NH USA 04-25-12 Member Since 2002
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    Where does I Wonder as I Wander rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I like non-fiction. This audiobook ranks in the top 10 I have heard. The narration is excellent, and the story moves from one interesting story to another.


    What other book might you compare I Wonder as I Wander to and why?

    I was reminded of my recent listen, Winston Churchill. The time frame was similar, which is to me a worthy era of history. I did not know anything about Langston Hughes. This audiobook broadened my perspective.


    Have you listened to any of the narrator???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not listened to any of the narrator`s other performances. He did well in conveying the voice of Langston Hughes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Harlem was in vogue.


    Any additional comments?

    The story prompted me to frequently wonder, ``What drove Langston Hughes to wander as he did??` This was a great study in character.

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