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Another Country by James     Baldwin
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Oct 01, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

Though first published in 1962 and considered a classic, Another Country is a page-turner. It’s set mostly in beat Greenwich Village, when “cat,” “pad,” “dig,” and “baby” were part of the parlance, and the bench sitters in Washington Square Park read Kierkegaard. Rents were cheap, struggling novelists and poets abounded (success was considered a betrayal), and people smoked and drank all the time. This novel must have been a groundbreaking work in its day and probably shocked a lot of people with its revelations about race and sex. The narrative voice is lyrical and evocative, and the characters—their trials and torments—are richly drawn.
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