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Going To Meet The Man: The Rockpile; The Outing; The Man Child; Previous Condition; Sonny's Blues (Penguin Modern Classics) by [James Baldwin]

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Going To Meet The Man: The Rockpile; The Outing; The Man Child; Previous Condition; Sonny's Blues (Penguin Modern Classics) Kindle Edition

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"There's no way not to suffer. But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it." The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their head above water. It may be the heroin that a down-and-out jazz pianist uses to face the terror of pouring his life into an inanimate instrument. It may be the brittle piety of a father who can never forgive his son for his illegitimacy. Or it may be the screen of bigotry that a redneck deputy has raised to blunt the awful childhood memory of the day his parents took him to watch a black man being murdered by a gleeful mob.

By turns haunting, heartbreaking, and horrifying--and informed throughout by Baldwin's uncanny knowledge of the wounds racism has left in both its victims and its perpetrators--Going to Meet the Man is a major work by one of our most important writers. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


''Dion Graham's reading requires him to master an array of voices: hellfire-preaching ministers, deliciously profane Harlem locals,…kittenish women. Graham ranges from tremulous exertion to sudden flashes of rage, his reading flecked by an exhaustion that creeps in at the margins of Baldwin's prose. Baldwin's protagonists are weary of a world that allows them no respite from racism and hatred, and Graham echoes that weariness, his voice hushed and low, its register reflecting their struggle to survive.'' --Publishers Weekly

''Timeless in its treatment of youthful innocence, prejudice, addiction, loneliness, fear, and human suffering…Dion Graham is masterly in his rendering of the vast array of characters in these eight disparate tales. Highly recommended.'' --Library Journal

''All of these tales have an undeniable urgency, power, and anger…Symphonic in structure, mixing religious and sexual motifs, encompassing various shades of characters and situations…memorable in every sense; funny, sad, colorful, it is a triumphant performance.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Many of these situations don't occur in quite the same ways now, but narrator Dion Graham makes them timely and universally human…a heartbreaking performance…Graham's reading pulls the listener back to a time when [these stories] were fresh, raw wounds.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN : B00GAL2R4U
  • Publisher : Penguin; New Ed edition (28 November 2013)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 409 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 252 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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