At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage.
An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo's loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial war.
Overpowering in its vitality, extravagant in the intensity of its feeling, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone is a major work of American literature.
©1968 James Baldwin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I was hooked from the first chapter.... Only a bold artist could expose such a naked truth.... I'm in tears on how real and timeless this book is.... This book has made it into my top 10 books....
I like James Baldwin's writings. Unfortunately I didn't think this book was any good. The way he described a scene took too long to go into the story line. And it was incomplete with several scenes. Such as whatever happened to Madeline. And I didn't really care for Barbara's character, she had no true substance with ever being apart of Leo's life. And the ending was incomplete.
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