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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man Paperback – February 3, 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
The portraits of Powell and Farrakhan stand out the most to me as Gates sheds light on the stories behind the men that we rarely see. I recommend this book for its intriguing stories, dynamic language, and true concepts of what it means to be a black man in America.
Daily news and live encounters too often remind us, or me anyway, of the unsavory and resistant pathologies that blight our black communities, so that the actual potential of an entire people can seem in doubt. (Is it too much to ask that reality matches our desperately hopeful cant?) But Gates's talent alone refutes this notion; his prose flows so smoothly and cuts so deftly that I'd do the shopping and pay the bill, just to read his grocery list. And if Gates alone doesn't accomplish that, then the seven complex lives he splays on his pages certainly do.
This happens not because of some strained attempt to rehabilitate an image. Rather, because he examines his subjects like the diamonds that they are, and unflinchingly rotates them to reveal both superb facets and fatal flaws wherever they arise. In doing so, any nagging questions of ability seem ridiculous, leaving cultural impediments as the villain in a national tragedy. Black excellence is the ultimate rejoinder.
I grabbed this collection in a rush at the bookstore, and only later did I realize that I had read two of the chapters in The New Yorker. Most (all?) of them were first published there. Still, I don't regret it.
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Love this book! Provides some really insightful information about the personalities of those discussed.Published 15 months ago by Jacqueline E. Elliott
This is a good book. It is thought provoking and challenging. More relevant to an American audience but definitely worth a read.Published on March 27, 2014 by Hags
Gates was wrong to include the late Anatole Broyard in his collection of "black" men. Broyard was a Creole born of two mixed-caucasian parents. Read morePublished on November 15, 1998 by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. Gates is a great writer and has a great ability to capture personalities on paper. Read morePublished on June 16, 1998
Finally, a book that does not hammer square pegs into round holes. Gates presents fair and balanced portraits of black life, going into the
artistry of Bill Jones and Harry... Read more