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Go Tell It On the Mountain | [James Baldwin]

Go Tell It On the Mountain

James Baldwin’s stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, Baldwin chronicles a 14-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935.
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James Baldwin’s stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, Baldwin chronicles a 14-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Go Tell it on the Mountain is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught up in a dramatic struggle and of a society confronting inevitable change.

©1981 James Baldwin (P)2013 AudioGO

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-06-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 04-06-15

    "... there are times when silence is a poem." - John Fowles, the Magus ^(;,;)^

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    "Knotted Around Some Raw Edge of My Soul"

    This was a slow read. In terms of pages and words it was a small book, but the river was deep and fierce. Baldwin is throwing out big themes on family, religion, race, sex. This isn't a beach read, it is a hard pew read in an unconditioned, hellfire and damnation church. I would read 40 pages and have to take a day to recover emotionally.

    THIS book is why I read fiction. Look. I am white on white, again and again. Seriously, I took the Twenty-Three&Me DNA spit test and I am pretty deep into the white gene hole. How else, besides brilliant narrative fiction, am I going to understand anything about being black or being a black pentecostal WITHOUT reading Baldwin?

    Baldwin's use of repetition was amazing. I haven't read recently (other than Moby-Dick) a novel that appears to be made, brick-by-brick, with more King James Bible pieces than Go Tell It on the Mountain. There are some novels where writer ties off every narrative thread. Baldwin wasn't satisfied with that. Each sad string in this novel seemed to end up threaded through some part of my heart and knotted around some raw edge of my soul.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 02-20-15
    CHET YARBROUGH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 02-20-15 Member Since 2015

    Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.

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    "GOD IS NOT THERE"

    "Go Tell It on the Mountain" because God is not there. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" because no one listens. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" because no one cares. James Baldwin rages against culture that makes one, what one is not. Baldwin wins fame from a book that defines the chains of discrimination. He explains why and how culture is a curse. Baldwin tells a story that explains why being different denies equal opportunity.

    Being smart or being religious is not enough; particularly if you are a minority or a woman because cultures stultify individuality and restrict opportunity. Women, in Baldwin’s novel, are at once the saviors of black men and unwitting perpetuators of an unjust culture; i.e. women support their mates while accepting the delusion of a vengeful God that will punish evil; if not now, in an afterlife. The consequence in this earthly life is the perpetuation of inequality.

    Individuality and opportunity are hindered by poor education and biases that are eternally engendered (institutionalized) by discrimination. Blacks have shown they are more than criminals, preachers, sports stars, and entertainers. And women have shown they are more than child bearers and housewives but America continues to struggle with equal opportunity for all. Baldwin exemplifies America’s struggle in "Go Tell It on the Mountain".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aperio Columbus, Ohio 03-26-15
    Aperio Columbus, Ohio 03-26-15 Member Since 2015

    Professor of Literature and things. Mother, wife, goddess of the garden and critters. WoW addict.

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    "A 5 Star Listen!"

    This book is a gem! The characters are rich and deep. It's an intriguing story about the lives of three people caught between temptation and salvation. I also have to say the narrator is excellent. His voice is perfect and adds soul to the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LMW 03-02-15
    LMW 03-02-15
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    "Literary brilliance"

    First book I've read by James Baldwin. Loved his command of the language with brilliant metaphors and such deep and honest descriptions which resonate with the soul.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL, US 02-20-15
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL, US 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "compelling"

    I was struck by the raw, true emotion, great listen! it was an excellent narration.

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    Amazon Customer California 02-13-15
    Amazon Customer California 02-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "brilliant work..."

    great job! powerful story. my favorite character was Aunt Florence. amazing.. i would recommend it

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    J. Anderson Chicago 07-24-15
    J. Anderson Chicago 07-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "An incredible rendition"

    i have always loved James Baldwin, "Go Tell It On The Mountain being one of my favorites.
    This Audible allowd me to "see" and experience the authors intended imagery fome a different and enriched perspective. Well done!!

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    jill oakland, CA, United States 04-30-15
    jill oakland, CA, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful!"

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters had so many layers. I love the narrators voice. He did a great job of distinguishing characters. I want to listen to other books read by this guy.

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    Amazon Customer 03-12-15
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    "Great Baldwin experience..."

    This book was a good experience. The narrator was good. The story was hard to follow at times, but pulled together at the end. Interesting to know the issues of today were struggles that were overcome back then also.

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