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Not Without Laughter Paperback – March 1, 1995
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Maya Angelou wrote of Not Without Laughter: "This book was written when preachers had to be poets and poets were preachers, because they needed to be available to all the people all the time." The messages this novel gives are not subtle. But, through its varied perspectives and eloquently written prose, it envelops the issues it preaches with emotionally edifying ideas.Read more ›
At first glance, all the poems collected in this book appear simple and straight foreward. But, Hughes was skilled at putting a lot of meaning into just a few lines of his work. An example are the poems "Cross" and "Mulatto" which tell how the mixed bloodlines of every decendent of the pure blooded African slave and European came to exist today in modern black America and how prejudice denied them the right to claim all their heritages (political correct stereotypes, labels, are doing the same today!!!). My favorite of the poems here is "Dream Variation." Carl Van Vetchen truncated some of the poem in his introduction to the the WEARY BLUES, the first book by Hughes.Read more ›
This is great poetry, and I still read from it again and again. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone.
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This book clearly depicts the way African Americans were treated by whites. The language they used is truly the way they spoke and gives the reader a sense of reality. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
Sad to say this is the first book by Langston Hughes that I've ever read. I am forever a fan. In the 21st century many of these ideas, attitudes and behaviors exist. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Valerie Johns
I fell in love with Hughes work while taking some writing/literature courses. The intricate suffering of his stories is both compelling and heartbreaking.Published 28 days ago by Kansas girl
Reminds me of an old southern town that I'm from, some of the old folk used to talk of these days. Very enjoyable though sad at times.Published 1 month ago by Shenetter D. Lewis
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Very good!!! Goes to show how badly people of color suffered in the south before Civil Rights came to be.Published 1 month ago by Barbara