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Another Country by James Baldwin
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Jun 11, 08

If you've never read James Baldwin, this is as good a place to start as any. Baldwin deserves greater renown that he has. His stories, and the people who populate them are haunting, urgent and will linger with you long after you have completed the last page of the novel.

Another Country is definitely of it's time, but is as important and essential in documenting 'that time' in America, in New York, on the cusp in the late 50s, as Dickens was in London 100 years beforehand. I suspect his subjects, utterly taboo at the time, able to raise the occasional eyebrow today (in his depiction of sexuality, more than race) are far closer to the reality than many, if not most writers who were his contemporaries.

I adored this book, I cried at this book, I loved this book.

And if you don't drink now, you will do when you have finished.
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