Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Paperback - 2013
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The story of John, a fourteen-year-old boy whose stepfather is a Pentecostal minister in Harlem in 1935, as he struggles to discover his own identity.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, 2013.
Edition: First Vintage International trade paperback edition. --
Copyright Date: ©1981
ISBN: 9780375701870
0375701877
Branch Call Number: FIC Baldw
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 21 cm.

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Aug 01, 2014

This rating system doesn't work for me on this book. It's beautifully written and is a powerful image of the intricate latticework of emotions, culture, and family that make up John's world in a northern city in the early 20th century. I DO understand why some people turn to religion for hope in hard times and trying circumstances. Certainly the folks who inhabit this story have a need for the hope that there's something better later on; however, I'm not a fan of the hypocrisy of religion, those who use religion to justify their actions, or those who ascribe everything in their lives to some all-powerful, all-knowing force. Gabriel, in particular, rankled, which I'm sure Mr. Baldwin intended, but so did so many of the other characters' actions and attitudes. And for John, I almost cried at the ending, and not with happiness. So with all the sermonizing and testifying to wade through, I didn't "like" this book, but I'm glad I read it.

ZolaFan Jan 17, 2013

Powerful, powerful, powerful. Muscular and poetic prose. Leaves a lasting impression.

TKasongo Jul 09, 2012

I really enjoyed this book and the way James Baldwin writes is amazing. I love how poetic and descriptive he is.

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