Search Results: "James Baldwin"


BOOK REVIEW

JUST ABOVE MY HEAD by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1979

"Bathos aplenty, anger folded-down too minutely, energy frittered—a book that seems to have imploded along the way."
A big new novel by James Baldwin is always of major interest, and there are scenes here of Baldwin at his earthy, lyrical best. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MAN, LITTLE MAN by James Baldwin
Released: Aug. 31, 1977

"Cazac's water-colored drawings are childlike as well, which suits the viewpoint, though here some discreet adult tempering might have strengthened the package."
This is billed as "a children's story for adults, an adult story for children"; it comes through at about an eight-year-old level; and it's told from the viewpoint, and in the idiom, of a four-year-old who seems a bit older. Read full book review >

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THE CROSS OF REDEMPTION by James Baldwin
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"There are too many ephemeral or weakly written pieces to appeal beyond Baldwin's devoted admirers, but the best of the '60s essays underscore the reasons his work endures."
A grab bag of pieces from novelist and firebrand Baldwin (1924-1987), varying in quality but marked by his trademark ferocity. Read full book review >

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A RAP ON RACE by Margaret Mead
Released: May 24, 1971

"Neither a confrontation nor a meeting of minds, this is only occasionally right on."
This encounter of scientific optimism and poetic pessimism has a 'ships that pass in the night' quality. Read full book review >

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THE AMEN CORNER by James Baldwin
Released: June 12, 1967

"Symphonic in structure, mixing religious and sexual motifs, encompassing various shades of characters and situations against the background of a boat trip up the Hudson, 'The Outing' is memorable in every sense; funny, sad, colorful, it is a triumphant performance."
With the exception of "The Man Child," a macabre, faintly Lawrentian study of repressed love between two white men in the rural South, all of Baldwin's tales here deal in one form or another with the Negro problem. Read full book review >

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BLUES FOR MISTER CHARLIE by James Baldwin
Released: June 15, 1964

There will be firm literary as well as theatrical interest in Baldwin's new play which examines prejudice in a small Southern town responsible for the murder of a young Negro. Read full book review >

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NOTES OF A NATIVE SON by James Baldwin
Released: Nov. 10, 1955

"Exceptional writing."
The collected "pieces" of the author of Go Tell It on the Mountain form a compelling unit as he applies the high drama of poetry and sociology to a penetrating analysis of the Negro experience on the American and European scene. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL FINDS WORK by James Baldwin
Released: May 3, 1976

"One might quarrel with such a sweeping put-down, but as it is his films are touchstones for his own experiences in fear and trembling."
This, Baldwin's unexpected consideration of movie-made America, has some of the same sad sweetness of his last novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Read full book review >

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FAVORITE TALES OF LONG AGO by James Baldwin
Released: June 15, 1955

"Androcles and the Lion, The Story of Cincinnatus, George Washington and His Hatchet, Whittington and His Cat- these are some of the tales, the rest of which are just as familiar and just as available elsewhere."
Very brief recapitulations of some thirty retold legends spans time from prehistory to the 1700's and countries from Ancient Greece to the American colonies. Read full book review >

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TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN'S BEEN GONE by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 1968

"On the Latter Day locomotive, a soporific toot."
Train's been gone some time. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 28, 1985

Perhaps only a young black writer as prickly as the early Baldwin himself should review this, though at first it seems unreviewable by a black of any age, since Baldwin begins by rejecting blackness or negritude itself as a self-defeating, even strangling self-categorization. Read full book review >

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IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK by James Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1974

"But Baldwin makes the affirmation of the humanity of black people which is all too missing in various kinds of Superfly and sub-fly novels."
This new Baldwin novel is told by a 19-year-old black girl named Tish in a New York City ghetto about how she fell in love with a young black man, Fonny. Read full book review >