'I had to deal with what hurt me most. I had to deal with my father.'
Drawing on James Baldwin's own boyhood in a religious community in 1930s Harlem, his first novel tells the story of young Johnny Grimes. Johnny is destined to become a preacher like his father, Gabriel, at the Temple of the Fire Baptized, where the church swells with song and it is as if 'the Holy Ghost were riding on the air'. But he feels only scalding hatred for Gabriel, whose fear and fanaticism lead him to abuse his family. Johnny vows that, for him, things will be different. This blazing tale is full of passion and guilt, of secret sinners and prayers singing on the wind.
'A beautiful, enduring, spirtual song of a novel' Andrew O'Hagan
'With vivid imagery, with lavish attention to details, Mr. Baldwin has told his feverish story' The New York Times
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- Verlag: Penguin Books Ltd
- Seitenzahl: 272
- Erscheinungstermin: 04.10.2001
- ISBN-13: 9780141917191
- Artikelnr.: 39144747
Brutal, objective and compassionate. San Francisco Chronicle
It is written with poetic intensity and great narrative skill. Harper s
Strong and powerful. Commonweal
A sense of reality and vitality that is truly extraordinary. . . . He knows Harlem, his people, and the language they use. Chicago Sun-Times
This is a distinctive book, both realistic and brutal, but a novel of extraordinary sensitivity and poetry. Chicago Sunday Tribune