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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
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Dec 31, 2010

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bookshelves: own, read-2011, classics
Read from January 01 to 02, 2011

Going down memory lane with an oldie.....
I read this book for the first time in Highschool for my oral exams English.

For me it's a story about unconditional love and racism. Almost all the characters in the book are simple, believable and very strong.

Tish is 19 and pregnant. Fonny is 22 and in jail for a crime he did not commit. They are very frightened, but intensely brave and above all very much in love.

While reading about this great love story I came to love Tish and Fonny too, but what impressed me most is how unfair life can be to African American people. It's admirable that some of the characters are so determent to get Fonny out of jail. They just never give up!
What I didn't like at all was the sudden ending. I would have liked to read about Fonny's trial and if they would declare him innocent and let him go. The writer also should have included the birth of the baby.

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Reading Progress

01/01/2011 page 84
35.0% "I always knew you would be the destruction of my son."
01/02/2011 page 178
74.0% "Take care of each other. You are going to find out that it's more than a notion."

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