Everywhere You Don't Belong
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Claude Mckay was:
1. an immigrant in America whose work largely identified him with an African American movement - my impression is that he often wrote about black people all around the world, especially those who had immigrated to other places
2. initially very swept up in the ideas of communism but eventually became disenchanted, at a time when many of his peers were still galvanized by communist ideals
3. a devout Catholic near the end of his life, which didn't mirror the faith/spirituality of many of his peers
While none of the above directly echoes any of Gabriel Bump's protag's life, the idea of never fitting in no matter where he goes or who he tries to tell himself he is, the idea of perpetually being an outsider, fits.
And from a writer's standpoint, the strongest parallels between Claude McKay's writing and Gabriel Bump's, evident from the early chapters:
1. writing about queerness like it's NBD - the central father figure in Everywhere You Don't Belong is Paul, whose life carries as much sadness as any of the other characters', but it never has anything to do with his being gay;
2. and speaking of sadness, writing about some of the more harsh realities of being black without worrying about how that would come across to the mainstream white gaze - in Claude McKay's case, this opened him up to criticism from well-respected African American thinkers such as W.E.B. Dubois, who accused him of playing to white mainstream's worst fears about black people. Likewise, Bump doesn't seem to hold anything back about what growing up in Chicago's South Side was like, but alongside the grim aspects, there's a definite sense of community, pride, and love.(less)
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After a violent riot, Claude is haunted by the event and sets his sights on leaving Chicago. The home and city that he knew have been altered and he is tired of the injustices. He yearns for a place to fit in and event ...more
Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Claude McKay Love has seen a lot of things. Raised by his Civil Rights-era activist grandmother and her best friend, they try to make him believe he can achieve greatness. But Claude has mostly seen mediocrity and abandonment, and he doesn’t believe that greatness is routinely accessible by young Black men.
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First, a huge thanks to Algonquin, who sent me an advanced reader copy. When I began reading this novel, I was sort of taken aback at the simplicity of it all and I was a bit on the iffy side, but the truth is that the further I got into it the more I realized that it's not simple at all -- it is intelligent and works at a level of complexity I hadn't anticipated.
Just briefly, I suppose this book is what most people are calling it, a coming ...more
Has been pretty good for me. I didn’t request allllllll of the books, but anything that perked my ears up in interest definitely got put on hold at my local library and I’ve been reading them pretty much as soon as my turn comes up. Everywhere You Don’t Belong was presented as a coming of age story set in the South Side of Chicago told by a young, male, black protagonist and . . . . .
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this much at all. There were brief ...more
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Ever read a book with such hypnotic writing that you lose all sense of place and time? Welcome to the words of Everywhere You Don't Belong.
Claude McKay Love is just trying to live and thrive in life. Born and raised as a Black man on the South Side of Chicago, Claude's lot is already complex and complicated. It's made even more so with the introduction of riots around his home and the situation of his area. His grandmother, a product of the ...more
Claude was a fascinating character, with intriguing circumstances and experiences. Claude’s “love interest”, Janice, and unusual immediate family members were just as fascinating. In fact, what I enjoyed most were the more recent Black culture and Black history references made, as well as the colloquial leaps in time used ...more
I gravitated towards this book for two reasons. One, it’s billed as a dark comedy. Two, it’s set in Chicago. So I wanted to see what story Bump would cook up, and why reviewers were saying this book isn’t what you’d expect.
This coming-of-age novel follows Claude McKay Love from age 5, when his parents leave him with his grandmother, through his first year of college. An av ...more
I don’t really know how to describe this book except that it is different and wild and I liked it. It feels futuristic but it’s set in present day. It feels old and new at the same time.
Claude, the main character, is both sensitive and brave, smart and not so smart. He is a smart teenager who makes some good choices and some bad choices.
The first half of the book reads like short stories. And while the second ha ...more
But I adored the parts that take place in South Shore, Chicago. I really appreciated the race based musings and discussions, the struggles of growing up in a rough neighborhood but just trying to get along, stay out of tro ...more
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My experience growing up was quite literally the exact opposite of that of the character Claude in Gabriel Bump's funny, sharp, and tragic debut novel, Everywhere You Don't Belong. I grew up in a pleasant small town in Ohio with a supportive family and no real problems. Still, I moved to a big city the first chance I got. Conversely, Claude's parents abandon him when he's young and he's raised by his grandmother in the at-times rough S ...more
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Everywhere You Don’t Belong was a moving, fast-paced, poignant coming-of-age story about a young Black man from Chicago.
For you if: You are looking for a strong #OwnVoices example of commercial literary fiction.
“And they’ve said, ‘Martin Luther King was a puppet.’ And these people who’ve said Martin Luther King was a puppet have also said, ‘Brother Malcolm got it right: any means necessary.’ And both those broth...more
As I read EVERYWHERE YOU DON’T BELONG, I was repeatedly struck with how much mental fortitude can be cemented at a very early age. For some, strength and bravery are developed through strong family encouragement and societal achievements. For others, it is forged from repeated loss and boldly overcoming overwhelming obstacles.⠀
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Claude is growing up with his grandmother in Chicago and deals with life. His grandmother's live-in boyfriend (sort of), relationship troubles, being bullied at school and elsewhere, trying ...more
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