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Nigger Mass Market Paperback – November 15, 1990
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About the Author
Robert Lipsyte was an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Times and the Emmy-winning host of the nightly public affairs show The Eleventh Hour. He is the author of twelve acclaimed novels for young adults and is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his lifetime contribution in that genre. He lives in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York, with his wife, Lois, and his dog, Milo.
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Weak point: the ending petered out. It went from being a man's internal struggle to "make it" in the world - the place in which I found the book's power lay - to being just another typical civil rights journal. And although I think the civil rights movement has its place, and Dick Gregory his place within it, I think I would have found the book far more satisfying it ended by its author turning further inward and exploring his own motives on his own purely personal journey, rather than outward to the struggle of society. Perhaps he wasn't ready to write on this level when he published his memoir, as he was only 30 or 31 when he wrote it, but to me his lack of wisdom still doesn't let the book off the hook.
Gregory's family life is troubled, and he balances his real anger and resentment toward being on relief and having an absent father with his ability to use humor to survive. Track plays a central role in giving him an identity he can stand on, and his jokes start out as a survival method to get people to laugh with him rather than at his poverty.
As Gregory details his struggles to become a comic, I'm struck by the go for broke nature of the risks that he took to succeed. He'd lie to make himself look good if necessary. The decision to open his own night club while leaving his pregnant wife waiting poor in St. Louis shows how determined and singleminded he was in pursuing his goals. I'm not sure that I agree with all of his decisions, but I have great respect for the honesty that seeps through this book.
Another reviewer comments negatively on the Civil Rights testimony at the end of this book. Gregory's "monster", his at times overwhelming desire to confront racism, is a major motivator for his success as an entertainer.Read more ›
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I was surprised by this book. I've recently started to listen to Dick Gregory on YouTube and wanted to learn more about him as a person. This book really broke to down. Great book.Published 20 days ago by OrondeGrant
Dick Gregory is one of the few black comedians who tells it like it is. His honesty in his comedy is refreshing, but his upbringing shows a realistic view of what life was like... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I now have a new found respect for this man. This book is very profound! He should have never had to go though this much in life! NEVER! he has been though it all! Read morePublished 1 month ago by jannell
Call to action....ACT! Wow strength keeps you alive in the midst of death. Mr. Gregory has an epic story here and more to follow as he lives.Published 4 months ago by Tal
This was an Awesome read I hope more people pick on this read. The civil rights movement is a movement for all rightsPublished 5 months ago by Terrence Daniels