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At the end of the story, Sonny, out of jail and back home with his brother, rediscovers his lifeline, the one thing that makes his life worth living, his music. But his first attempts to play piano are rocky:
And Sonny hadn’t been near ...more
That said, if someone were to point a gun at my head and demand I tell them the best short story I'd ever read, I would pick this one.
The story is simple enough. A man and his younger bro ...more
This is a beautiful story of two brothers who learn to accept and love each other even if they do not rela ...more
y la musica.Cita:" Porque, si bien nunca hay nada nuevo en la historia de cómo sufrimos, y cómo disfrutamos, y cómo podemos llegar a triunfar, siempre hay que oírla. No hay otra historia que contar, es la única luz que tenemos en toda esta oscuridad.
Y esta historia, según esa cara, ese cuerpo, esas recias manos sobre las cuerdas, adopta un aspecto diferente en cada país, alcanza nuevas profundidades en cada generación. Escuchad, parecía ...more
I knew this was a story about a jazz musician on drugs, but really it is about brothers, from the perspective of the musician's much ol ...more
- "My clothes were wet – I may have looked as though I’d been sitting in a steam bath, all dressed up, all afternoon"
- "He wanted Sonny to leave the shoreline and strike out for the deep water. He was Sonny’s witness that deep water and drowning were not the same thing "
- "…like an animal waiting to be coaxed into the light."
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What I also found quite interesting and cunning were the instances were dialogue and action/setting c ...more
This is one of my favorite short stories of all time. James Baldwin just has a gift for writing situations so that the reader really feels them. He writes without much flourish and yet his sentences convey certain basic truths so beautifully that reading them, all I can think of is "Yes. Just, Yes."
This story is my personal favorite because I too am a musician. When the narrator finally begins to understand Sonny's music, I practically cried with the joy and beauty of it. The idea of music as bo...more
Durchweg tolle Charaktere und am Ende eine inspirierende Beschreibung von Musik. Obwohl für eine Kurzgeschichte sehr lang, war ich sehr schnell durch, obwohl ich sie auf englisch gelesen habe. Kann ich empfehlen!
All I know about music is that not many people ever really hear it. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations. But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What is evoked in him, then, is of a ...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