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Another Country by James Baldwin
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Oct 01, 2011

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I thought this book was very modern considering when it was written. Although most of the main characters were white, the racial issues permeated almost every interaction. The treatment of gay and bisexual relationships was surprisingly open and explicit, again especially considering the times. The writing was very powerful (and angry). The treatment of women was at times outdated, an expression of the times.

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Ted Studebaker Just finished reading "Another Country", my first read by James Baldwin, and have resolved to read all his major novels, including "Giovanni's Room". This book was so incredibly far ahead of its time in its handling of inter-racial relationships, sexual orientation issues, and extra-marital affairs. Baldwin broke through all kinds of late 1950's/early 60's taboos on all these subjects in a very powerful way. I was particularly impressed by the affirmative depiction of Eric's hard-fought relatively healthy self-acceptance as a gay man capable also of sexual and emotional intimacy with a woman (Cass), and with a closeted bisexual man (Vivaldo). Baldwin broke through sexually perjorative labelling and pigeon-holing, realistically portraying the incredible fluidity of human sexuality in a way that felt, indeed, about 50 years ahead of its time!

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