Go Tell it on the Mountain
Fourteen-year old John Grimes belongs to the Temple of the Fire Baptized, a store-front church in Harlem. In “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” published in 1952, James Baldwin tells the story of how a sensitive A...more
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Reading this, years ago, I was struck by something I didn't think I'd be struck with.
I was reaised religious, not in anything close to the kind of religiostity he describes- visceral, pummeling, hyperintense- but pretty far-reaching and existential in my own right, if I do say so myself.
Anyway, I was throttled by the sheer force and passion and earnestness of the writing here. I've been on that threshing floor, and even as I feel self-conscious about making that claim, I'm not going...more
The next morning, flipping through my stack of newly purchased books, I noticed to my amazement that this book was signed! And signed "For Jimmy". Unbelievable:
So I felt like it was fate that brought this book into my hands, this book which had as its subj...more
The author's empathy for his characters, even an extremely hypocritical one, is strong too. The difficulty of the adult characters' pasts was most compelling to me, as they can't help but look backward even as they try to forget. The bitterness of the main character's mother, on a day when she might be happy, is subtle and understandable after you know he...more
Today I am struck by the rhythms of Baldwin's prose, the harrowing picture he paints of the individual psyche, the family dynamic and the society, all twisted by racism. I recognise the place of theology for a people making sense of the world as they find it, and of particular religious p...more
Go Tell It On The Mountain,
Is a young man's novel, as tightly coiled as a new spring, yet tempered by a maturing man's confidence and empathy. It's not a long book, and its action spans but a single day--yet the author packs in enough emotion, detail, and intimate revelation to make his story feel like a mid-20th-century epic. Using as a frame the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a Saturday night service in a Harlem storefront church, Baldwin lays bare the secret
Some of the themes include family, religious, and racism. This novel draws on a history of the United States that it offers an insight into the effects of slavery and the migration o...more
With a relentless cascade of deeply layered, powerfully resonant metaphors, he strips away every ounce of self-deception his characters may use to get through their days, until you cannot possibly empathize with their hardships, which are so often of their own making. Then he turns the tables with menacing virtuosit...more
James Baldwin's stunning first novel is now anAmerican classic. With startling realism that bringsHarlem and the black experience vividly to life,this is a work that touches the heart with emotionwhile it stimulates the mind with its narrativestyle, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racismin America. Moving through time from the ruralSouth to the northern ghetto, starkly contrasting theattitudes of two generations of an embattlesfamily, Go Tell It On The Mountainis an unsurpassed portrayal o
The issue of race has been so powerful in twentieth century American society, it is hardly surprising that so much of the best literature it has produced relates to the subject. Go Tell It on the Mountain is a rather unusual novel with the theme, since it is about the role of Christianity in the experience of black men and women in the first half of the century, and only indirectly about the relationship between black and white.
“This power had struck John, in the head or in the heart; and, in a moment, wholly, filling him with an anguish that he could never in his life have imagined, that he surely could not endure, that even now he could not believe, had opened him up had cracked him open, as wood beneath the axe cracks down the middle, as rocks brea...more
I had always heard of this book but somehow never read it before. It is a powerful story about a young man raised in Harlem by his stepfather who is a preacher. The family are all members of a fundamentalist church and while racism plays a part in their lives, it is the religious angle that Baldwin emphasizes.
John is fourteen, in fact it is his birthday. Throughout the course of the day, when his birthday seems to have been forgotten by the family (not for the first time), we are taken through t...more
Religion and scripture are the perfect illustration of how interpretat...more
What struck me was the structure that Baldwin uses to tell John's story. It's not only John's story, but also th...more
James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic.
James Baldwin offered a vital literary voice during the era of civil rights activism in the 1950s and '60s. The eldest of nine children, his stepfather was a minister. At age 14, Bal...more