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The Street: A Novel Paperback – March 15, 1998
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"Overflows with the classic pity and terror of good imaginative writing." The New York Times
"A powerful, uncompromising work of social criticism. To this day, few works of fiction have so clearly illuminated the devastating impact of racial injustice." -- Coretta Scott King
"A classic of American realism . . . The Street rushes toward its fatalistic climax like a train toward a washed-out bridge." Newsday
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Anyone who wonders about race relations, the 'ghetto', the plight of black men finding jobs and fitting into society should read this book; it lays it all plain, and the fact that it takes place in 1944 is all the more revealing in that the ghetto has probably been here all along since after slavery, as an extension of slavery... The book could very well have taken place in 1970, just with different vices and prices and popular music; the story would be the same...
This book is truly haunting for anyone who wants to know what America is really like underneath; there is a color barrier, and a land of haves and have nots, and not enough decent jobs to go around...
Also surprising is that this book was not already made into a movie, since it screams out cinematically... even with its rawest of subject matter, I could picture Halle Berry as the lead, a Morgan Freeman as Jones, Wesley Snipes as Boots, etc. It would be surely controversial, since a lot of its strongest lines and ideas are a bare condemnation of the America societal system, history, economy, and the creators of the 'United States' and the Euro-American cultural millieu...Read more ›
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This book is nothing short of a CLASSIC. This novel is a timeless work that is powerfully and beautifully written. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Rhonda Sherrod
I loved this book. Ann Petry is a brilliant writer. She pulls you into the life of these characters. I hated for the book to end....Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
THE STREET was a wonderfully written book of the plight of a young, black woman struggling to raise her son in 1940's Harlem. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christine
A moving, woman's perspective on American life that still rings true today.Published 6 months ago by MA & DA
An excellent read by an outstanding author. I am happy to have it in my collection.Published 8 months ago by Annonymous
This is one of the most phenomenal books that I have ever read. To describe it as a book about pity, is an absolute and missed opportunity of comprehension of a classic. Ms. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Phyllis Leblanc