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Not Without Laughter (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – April 4, 2008
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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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I love Langston Hughes and the black writers from the Harlem Renaissance Period in general. Being able to achieve the level of attainment they did while living in an ugly racist... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Hans K. Hildebrand
I liked the transition of the major characters; Sandy and Harrietta. Their struggle through adversity and their thirst for life was inspiring. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Marvin Earl Simpson
Original and always fresh. Langston Hughes gives scope in a windowless room.Published 23 days ago by Caveat Emptor
I know we have gotten pc to the point that we are afraid to say or even explore anything risky. That is too bad. Read morePublished 26 days ago by chemteach21
Engaging and quite interesting. The characters were noteworthy and the narrative flow made for easy reading.Published 29 days ago by MUM-Z
Don't remember who the publishing company was but they apparently do not edit the books before printing -- Every word in the book that started with fi or fl, those two letters were... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lola R Fletcher
It was a very easy read. It gave you a deeper look into how African American's struggles to be better than want they were expected to be.Published 1 month ago by Tiffany Paquin