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Baldwin's Harlem by Herb Boyd
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Dec 25, 2011

it was ok

Herb Boyd approaches "Baldwin's Harlem" with far too much interest in himself and not enough commitment to his craft. In fact, there's hardly any sense of Baldwin here at all. Even as Boyd explicitly traces the author's trajectory through Harlem, from youth to prominence, the biographical narrative reads more like a congested chronology than an exploration of environment and being.Instead we hear Boyd's voice delivering Baldwin's legacy in a manner so riddled with conjecture and assumption that it feels more like a research proposal than biography proper. Pick up this book if you're looking for a reference point, not a completed work.

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