- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Scribner; Reprint edition (March 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0020209851
- ISBN-13: 978-0020209850
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,195,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not Without Laughter Paperback – March 1, 1995
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This is another in the new Scribner Paperback Fiction line. Poet Hughes made the jump to fiction with this 1930 first novel of an African American boy's coming of age in a small Kansas town.
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About the Author
Langston Hughes (1902–1967) was born in Joplin, Missouri, and lived much of his life in Harlem, New York. As one America’s most cherished chroniclers of the black experience, known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes’s work was constantly groundbreaking throughout his forty-six-year career. His poetry about the ocean and the symbolism that surrounds it stems from his travels through Africa and Europe working as a seaman.
Top Customer Reviews
I felt like I saw a piece of History through new eyes.
He learned the love of blues and jazz from his father, who was gone frequently chasing a dream, and a mother who would follow him anywhere.
He also lived with his aunts who he loved as much as his grandmother, but they all were so very different from each other. The differences drove a wedge through the family, and added to the interesting story line. (less)
I was blown away by this book. Langston Hughes is a wonderful poet and it comes out in his prose as well with description that is stunningly beautiful. This is a very beautiful book. It's also very heart rending as we are taken vividly back into the life of a boy growing up in a pre-World War I world of poverty and racism. But there is triumph and resilience as well. It's a coming of age book but it's also a book about personal transformation and courage. Really worth reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm transported to the shanty shack, the Juke joint and the outhouse... Classic Hughes