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Sonnys Blues by James BaldwinI guess Sonnys Blues is OK if you like that sort of thing. In this case, that sort of thing being nearly perfectly crafted fiction. That sort of thing being a story thats so universal and so timeless that it can be felt by any and everybody on the face of the earth. This sort of thing being the kind of story every writer should be aspiring to write before his or her days on this earth are through. Baldwin is simply the most amazing person Ive never known, and if I dont read every single word hes ever put on paper before my life is over, my entire life will have been a supreme failure.
Again, as with Giovannis Room, the story itself is completely secondary and deceptively simple. Its about two bothers and the manner in which they lose touch due to the younger brothers drug addiction and then reconnect and gain mutual understanding through Jazz. Its this last element that makes Sonnys Blues so wonderfully transcendent because Baldwin understands Jazz in a manner that I dont think anyone else in the world ever has. At the very least, he explains it in a manner that will leave no one confused as to the art forms meaning and purpose. Jazz is pain and suffering given rhythm and sound; Jazz is life given melody. And it is simply not possible to read the final passages of this story and not understand that; not feel it in the deepest reaches of your being. There is music in those final paragraphs. Baldwin writes of the experience of listening to his brother play in a manner that leaves you feeling like you could be in a Jazz bar yourself, or at a poetry slam, or sitting in the audience of the most passionate one man show in existence. His writing is poetic, moving, and magical. Theres even a feeling of the preacher in the pulpit during those sections. If you read it and dont have tears in your eyes, Im not sure I want to know you.
Of course theres more to the story than even just that; it wouldnt be Baldwin if there werent. Theres themes about how irrevocably we are changed by the places in which weve grown up and the places weve been (both physically and mentally). Themes about how things never really change in this world and in this country especially. Themes about how a parents life long pain can be hidden from their children but still affect their lives in the long run. Its the question about whether or not things ever fully change that I find to be most interesting. Living in this 2013 world in which a young black man was recently murdered for wearing a hoodie and walking down the street and his white murderer gets away with it facing no punishment whatsoever leaves me wondering if weve actually changed at all from the 1957 world in which the story was published. A story that features a young black man being run down by a car driven by four white men who all get away with it. What Sonny said about himself applies to us as a nation: nothing had changed, I hadnt changed, I was just older.
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James Baldwin gives an electrifying reading about a young gay American in Paris recalling a dramatic and transforming incident from his boyhood, as he struggles to accept his sexual identity. Narrated in his own voice, in this third book about his travels aboard the foot sailboat Atom , James Baldwin creates an ode to the sea and to those who venture upon her in small voyaging sailboats. The Next Distant Sea continues the memoir of his second adventurous circumnavigation as begun in his earlier book Bound for Distant Seas. From wild and wacky to knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud fun, these humorous tales represent some of the best of recent seasons of the hit public radio series Selected Shorts. In the first passage James Baldwin reads with passion about the suicide of a young black man in despair. The second passage takes place at his funeral service, where Baldwin speaks with both anger and eloquence, in the voice of the minister attempting to comfort his friends and family.
Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Published in , this is an emotionally intense novel of love, hatred, race, and America in the s. Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country tells the story of the suicide of jazz musician Rufus Scott and the friends who search for an understanding of his life and death, discovering uncomfortable truths about themselves along the way. It is a novel of passions-sexual, racial, political, artistic-that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the s. By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from Audiobooks.
First published in , this is an emotionally intense novel of love, hatred, race, and liberal America in the s, taking on the then-taboo themes of interracial couples, bisexuality, and extramarital affairs. At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the onsequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature. Baldwin talked about the civil rights movement, the mistaken worship of innocence and immaturity, the interdependent connections of the world, the U. He also responded to questions submitted by audience members. At last, a new audio edition of the book many have called James Baldwin's most influential work!
Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto.
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