©1962 James Baldwin; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
"Searing...brilliant...masterful." (The New York Times)
"One of the few genuinely indispensable American writers." (Saturday Review
"Anguished...stabbing...a final plea and warning...to end the racial nightmare." (Newsweek)
Written almost 50 years ago during the Civil Rights era, these two works (a letter and an essay) give the 21st Century listener a solid no-holds barred picture of a black man's life as lived in apartheid America.
At the very least, Baldwin's writing must be commended for its bold directness, its brutal honesty, its elegant articulation and its timely significance. This was worth listening to and I enjoyed Jesse Martin's persuasive narration.
A solid listening treat for Baldwin lovers.
This book is in the top 25% of audiobooks I've listened to, partially because race and ethnicity in America is a special interest of mine.
It's not really a story, more an analysis of American culture and race relations in the 1960s. Baldwin is clever, witty and entertaining even listening to him now, over 40 years later.
I don't pay much attention to the person reading. I focus more on the text itself, but I thought this was a good reading.
It's interesting that a lot of the problems that faced black Americans in the 1960s still face black America today. There has been a lot of progress, but race is still a significant cultural force in America today.
A window into the impacts of legalized, socially normative painful injustice on a brilliant writer. It is often embarrassing for these Obama generation black intellectual ears. Less redolent in the US, but current, or even forward looking in many states...Brazil comes to mind.
The book starts off interesting, and quickly turns into your senile grandfather complaining about his grudges from 1960, until everyone starts giving reasons to leave the room.
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