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The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin and Jesse L. Martin


Overview - At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto.  Read more...

 
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Overview
At once a powerful evocation of his early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice to both the individual and the body politic, James Baldwin galvanized the nation in the early days of the civil rights movement with his eloquent manifesto. The Fire Next Time stands as one of the essential works of our literature.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781602833647
  • ISBN-10: 1602833648
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
  • Publish Date: February 2008
  • Page Count: 2
  • Dimensions: 5.96 x 5.51 x 0.63 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.24 pounds


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Books > Literary Criticism > African

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 63.
  • Review Date: 2008-05-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Speakers or headsets will have to be turned up to listen to Jesse L. Martin's low, slow reading of Baldwin's classic long essay on racism and African-American identity. Martin seeks to be respectful of Baldwin, but he ends up rendering the meaning and the force of his work relatively inert. Pausing in poorly selected places, placing emphasis where little should be placed, Martin does not convey the precision and anger of Baldwin's prose. Instead, Baldwin's book becomes Great Literature, to be intoned and honored, but not truly grasped. Readers with an interest in Baldwin's work will be far better served by reading his prose to themselves than having Martin read it to them. A Vintage paperback. (Apr.)

 
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