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Notes of a Native Son de James Baldwin
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Notes of a Native Son (1955 original; edició 2012)

de James Baldwin (Autor), Edward P. Jones (Pròleg)

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Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time."… (més)
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Títol:Notes of a Native Son
Autors:James Baldwin (Autor)
Altres autors:Edward P. Jones (Pròleg)
Informació:Beacon Press (2012), Edition: 1, 192 pages
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Notes of a Native Son de James Baldwin (1955)

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This was a very eye-opening read, and though I probably would never have read anything from Baldwin of my own accord, I'm glad that I read this book of his. I now proceed to include some (amazing!) quotes from Notes of a Native Son that stood out to me in my reading. :)

"I imagine that one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, that they will be forced to deal with pain."

"It was better not to judge the man who had gone down under an impossible burden. It was better to remember: Thou knowest this man's fall, but thou knowest not his wrassling."

"...no one was interested in the facts. They preferred the invention because this invention expressed and corroborated their hates and fears so perfectly."

"Hatred, which could destroy so much, never failed to destroy the man who hated."

"...one must never, in one's own life, accept these injustices as commonplace but must fight them with all one's strength. This fight begins, however, in the heart and it now had been laid to my charge to keep my own heart free of hatred and despair." ( )
  BooksbyStarlight | Oct 25, 2022 |
'The story of the negro in America is the story of America ... it is not a very pretty story' James Baldwin's breakthrough essay collection made him the voice of his generation. Ranging over Harlem in the 1940s, movies, novels, his preacher father and his experiences of Paris, they capture the complexity of black life at the dawn of the civil rights movement with effervescent wit and prophetic wisdom.
  PendleHillLibrary | Aug 26, 2022 |
Hard to read but essential

Baldwin is most relatable when he writes about his personal experiences in France, but every essay in this book is important. ( )
  nbornstein | Mar 5, 2022 |
At times Baldwin offers a visceral sense of the rage that vast injustice of American culture has sown in its adamant racism. At times he entertains with his criticisms of Native Son and Carmen Jones. And he enthralls with his description of his arrest and the several days he spent in Paris jails. This is more an ad hoc assembly that a targeted collection, but the messages lack only details of being as accurate today as they were when he first penned them. ( )
  quondame | Feb 27, 2022 |
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James Baldwin writes down to nobody, and he is trying very hard to write up to himself. As an essayist he is thought-provoking, tantalizing, irritating, abusing and amusing. And he uses words as the sea uses waves, to flow and beat, advance and retreat, rise and take a bow in disappearing. ... Few American writers handle words more effectively in the essay form than James Baldwin. To my way of thinking, he is much better at provoking thought in the essay than he is arousing emotion in fiction. I much prefer "Notes of a Native Son" to his novel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," where the surface excellence and poetry of his writing did not seem to me to suit the earthiness of his subject matter. In his essays, words and material suit each other. The thought becomes poetry, and the poetry illuminates the thought.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaNew York Times, Langston Hughes (Web de pagament) (Feb 26, 1958)
 
The collected "pieces" of the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain form a compelling unit as he applies the high drama of poetry and sociology to a penetrating analysis of the Negro experience on the American and European scene. ... The expression of so many insights enriches rather than clarifies, and behind every page stalks a man, an everyman, seeking his identity...and ours. Exceptional writing.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaKirkus Review (Nov 1, 1955)
 

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Baldwin, Jamesautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Butler, RonNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Denderski, MikołajTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Jones, Edward P.Pròlegautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Messelaar, GerardTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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In Uncle Tom's Cabin, that cornerstone of American social protest fiction, St. Clare, the kindly master, remarks to his coldly disapproving Yankee cousin, Miss Ophelia, that, so far as he is able to tell, the blacks have been turned over to the devil for the benefit of the whites in this world - however, he adds thoughtfully, it may turn out in the next.
[Introduction] I did not know James Baldwin the essayist before my first year of college.
[Preface to the 1984 Edition] It was Sol Stein, high school buddy, editor, novelist, playwright, who first suggested this book.
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Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written. "He named for me the things you feel but couldn't utter. . . . Jimmy's essays articulated for the first time to white America what it meant to be American and a black American at the same time."

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