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The Amen Corner by James Baldwin
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Apr 09, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: african-american-literature
Read from April 06 to 09, 2012

I'm not entirely sure if, for all of Baldwin's talent in writing novels and essays, his writing translates well in the theater/play format. I guess the problem is that it feels rather long and dragged out. I think this story would have worked better as a short story; as a play, I just don't think it's particularly effective or moving as the plot is trying to put out there. Nonetheless, a great concept and effort to try and take the same themes as Go Tell It On the Mountain and put it on the stage.

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