Go Tell it on the Mountain - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)
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Go Tell it on the Mountain - Penguin Modern Classics (Paperback)

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Published: 04/10/2001
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James Baldwin's electrifying first novel.

'I had to deal with what hurt me most. I had to deal with my father.'

Drawing on James Baldwin's own boyhood in a religious community in 1930s Harlem, his first novel tells the story of young Johnny Grimes. Johnny is destined to become a preacher like his father, Gabriel, at the Temple of the Fire Baptized, where the church swells with song and it is as if 'the Holy Ghost were riding on the air'. But he feels only scalding hatred for Gabriel, whose fear and fanaticism lead him to abuse his family. Johnny vows that, for him, things will be different. This blazing tale is full of passion and guilt, of secret sinners and prayers singing on the wind.

'His prose hit me, almost winding me with its intensity. I'd never read a novel that described loneliness and desire with such burning eloquence' Douglas Field, Guardian

'A beautiful, enduring, spirtual song of a novel' Andrew O'Hagan

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141185910
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 201 g
Dimensions: 196 x 129 x 15 mm


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It broke my heart and made me want to jump up and down... It captures an essential aspect of life in America, its contradictions and seductions, that bittersweet mix of love and hate that so many feel towards the country - Azar Nafisi, Independent

His prose hit me, almost winding me with its intensity. I'd never read a novel that described loneliness and desire with such burning eloquence - Douglas Field, Guardian

Vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details - The New York Times

A beautiful, enduring, spiritual song of a novel - Andrew O'Hagan

One of the few essential novelists of our time - New Statesman

Amy's Eclectic Reads: A Book Club for the Curious

Amy's Eclectic Reads: A Book Club for the Curious

Cambridge
Tuesday 13th August 18:00 - 19:15

In celebration of the centenary of James Baldwin’s birth, we’ll be discussing his first and most autobiographic novel Go Tell it on the Mountain. Set in 1930s Harlem, the story asks questions about religion, memory, and identity. Free online event. All welcome.

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“Your journey towards James Baldwin starts here”

This novel is the one Baldwin felt he had to write first. So it makes sense to read it first too. While autobiographical to a degree, the book is much more than that, and we are rewarded with a moving family story in... More

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