- Hardcover: 546 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Books; 1st edition (1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394714431
- ISBN-13: 978-0394714431
- Package Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,467,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Giant talk: An anthology of Third World writings Hardcover – 1975
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The selections were grouped under the broad, often overlapping categories of oppression and protest, violence, crisis of identity, music/language/rhythm, humor, ritual and magic, and "conceptual voyage," which the compilers argued were phases of development of Third World consciousness. Most of the pieces were published in the 1960s and 1970s.
I wouldn't have opened this book for the poems alone, but was impressed by humane poetry by Chinua Achebe, Sterling Brown, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Claude McKay and Christopher Okigbo. Although many of the other poems were beyond me, I really enjoyed the large number and variety of prose writers from the regions covered. The compilers' theoretical framework wasn't necessary to learn from and enjoy the works.
Favorites were an excerpt from Another Country by James Baldwin, for the sensitive description from a man's point of view of the start of a relationship, and the short stories "The Cat" by Mario Arregui, "The Man" by Juan Rulfo and When the Rain Stops" by Antonio Montana, for their especially vivid, expressionistic styles.
Other writers in the book included Asturias, Toni Bambara, Baraka, Barry Beckham, Carpentier, Cesaire, Cortazar, Cullen, William Demby, Depestre, Donoso, Ellison, Fuentes, Garcia Marquez, Langston Hughes, Momaday, Toni Morrison, Neruda, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Paz, Senghor, Soyinka, Toomer, Trevisan, Walcott and Alice Walker.
I'd recommend this book for the informed, ambitious selection of writers, but most of all for its prose.