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Baldwin lays down the terrible symmetries of these two blighted lives as the ironic context for John's dark night of the soul. When day dawns, John believes himself saved, but his creator makes it clear that this salvation arises as much from blindness as revelation: "He was filled with a joy, a joy unspeakable, whose roots, though he would not trace them on this new day of his life, were nourished by the wellspring of a despair not yet discovered."
Though it was hailed at publication for its groundbreaking use of black idiom, what is most striking about Go Tell It on the Mountain today is its structure and its scope. In peeling back the layers of these damaged lives, Baldwin dramatizes the story of the great black migration from rural South to urban North. "Behind them was the darkness," Baldwin writes of Gabriel and Elizabeth's lost generation, "nothing but the darkness, and all around them destruction, and before them nothing but the fire--a bastard people, far from God, singing and crying in the wilderness!" This is Baldwin's music--a music in which rhapsody is rooted anguish--and there is none finer in American literature. --David Laskin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
very dark, upsetting, powerful, the way it really was in Harlem and the South (in flashbacks) for AfricanAmericans in the early
Oddly, the thing that most struck me about Go Tell it on the Mountain was how similar I found it tonally to that middle section of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Grey
Beautiful writing, fascinating but flawed characters, and a coming-of-age novel which well deserves its classic status.Published 2 months ago by merry sunshine
Chose this book for our book club. We unanimously agreed this work deserves its place amongst the best books written in the 20th century. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Disparte
I think you can enjoy this book whether you are a believer or not. I am a Jesus follower and I grew up in the church so I can completely identify with the main character. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karin Lib
It took years for me to finally delve into this most celebrated Baldwin writing but it was worth the delay. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. S. Jones
In 1998, the Modern Library ranked this book 39th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay