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As a Baldwin fan, I was eager to read more about the history of Black Americans, and although this has some relevant and very timely messages, it is barely more than a slim compilation of notes, seemingly random in sequence - it took about an hour to read. As such, I’m sure the film will prove a better bet for your money, as the intent of the project is good. Reading any one of Baldwin’s Books will give an insight into the historical violence, injustice and inhumanity that many black people in the US have been, and still are, forced to endure.
I felt I needed to read this book to understand more clearly what is meant by white privilege and it has enlightened me. However, I found the read very dense especially about feminism. I've needed to read it twice to sift out the relevant information.
Very interesting history, but is not a book by James Baldwin, rather being a collection of some of his writings intended as companion to the documentary, I Am Not Your Negro. Might have been advantageous to first having seen the documentary.
The book was okay, but it was to simplistic for the topics it discussed. I thought the book would offer in-depth, detailed discussions and that was not the case. It did provide some interesting points to consider though.
Baldwin was a very interesting articulate man. The movie is good, but there are fractured scenes from the lives of the three main characters that don't flow into each other. I enjoyed it but the parts of the puzzle did not fit together.
While the words and passages listed in this book are great... The lack of explanation of the context and meaning leaves this feeling like a word document that was used as a reference for a greater project, accidentally sent to the printer. Still good though.