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Notes of a native son de James Baldwin
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Notes of a native son (1955 original; edició 1984)

de James Baldwin

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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
Informació:Boston : Beacon Press, c1984, c1955.
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Notes of a Native Son de James Baldwin (1955)

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There are some really good essays in here (I especially liked "Stranger in the Village," "Journey to Atlanta," and the title essay), but there's enough here that's pinned to specific details (e.g. magazines or newspapers) of the time and place in which they were written that my interest wasn't always maxed out. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
What a fantastic collection of essays from James Baldwin. They are powerful, insightful, fast-flowing, and sadly still wholly relevant 65 years after their publication.

There were ten essays grouped into three sections. I thought “Many Thousands Gone” from the first part was excellent, with its analysis and critique of Richard Wright’s Native Son. The essays in the second section were also excellent, including “Journey to Atlanta”. I didn’t enjoy as much the first two essays in the third section, but like “Journey to Atlanta”, I was engrossed in “Equal in Paris”.

The best essay in the collection is the final one, entitled “Stranger in the Village”. It’s about his experiences living in an isolated Swiss village while working on his writing over a period of years. His use of imagery, metaphor, and ethnographic detail work together to craft a strong argument. It only took about 12 minutes to read this essay but I felt that I came out much older and wiser. One quote that was powerful:“The black man insists, by whatever means he finds at his disposal, that the white man cease to regard him as an exotic rarity and recognize him as a human being. This is a very charged and difficult moment, for there is a great deal of will power involved in the white man’s naïveté. Most people are not naturally reflective any more than they are naturally malicious, and the white man prefers to keep the black man at a certain human remove because it is easier for him thus to preserve his simplicity and avoid being called to account for crimes committed by his forefathers, or his neighbors. He is inescapably aware, nevertheless, that he is in a better position in the world than black men are, nor can he quite put to death the suspicion that he is hated by black men therefore. He does not wish to be hated, neither does he wish to change places, and at this point in his uneasiness he can scarcely avoid having recourse to those legends which white men have created about black men, the most usual effect of which is that the white man finds himself enmeshed, so to speak, in his own language which describes hell, as well as the attributes which lead one to hell, as being as black as night.”The last sentence of this final essay rang a bell, whose echo is still heard today and will not die until it is resolved: “It is precisely this black-white experience which may prove of indispensable value to us in the world we face today. This world is white no longer, and it will never be white again.” ( )
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I just cannot easily put myself in the position of James Baldwin. He can explain, and he tries hard to explain the feeling of rejection that he received from the white dominated society that he grew up in. But, I can't find more than an explanation, there is not an emotional connection here. But, that said, if you are looking for the result of North American society that has through neglect, and positive oppression damaged about thirteen (by present figures (2020) percent of its own people, here is a look at such a mind.. It is not a great deal of fun to read this collection of essays, but it is necessary. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Aug 28, 2020 |
I thought there were some good points made, but overall I just don't feel like this will stick with me? And I'm really sad about that - I was hoping James Baldwin's writing would work for me similar to the way Audre Lorde's did. ( )
  j_tuffi | May 30, 2020 |
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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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In Uncle Tom's Cabin, that cornerstone of American social protest fiction, St. Claare, 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 thoughtfull, it may turn out in the next.
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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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