Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a semi-autobiographical novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin's rendering of his protagonist's spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.

Title:Go Tell It on the Mountain
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780141185910
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  • Jimmy

    When I was vacationing in Chicago recently, I went to a used bookstore and saw some James Baldwin books. I've heard many good things about him, so I decided to get this book... an old paperback editio...

  • Darwin8u

    “There are people in the world for whom "coming along" is a perpetual process, people who are destined never to arrive.” ― James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the MountainThis was a slow read. In terms...

  • Michael

    A coming-of-age tale about race, religion, and endurance, Go Tell It on the Mountain sketches a nuanced portrait of a single Black family struggling to survive in Harlem. John is the fourteen-year-old...

  • BlackOxford

    Jail or Church?At age 14 I had a similar epiphany to that of James Baldwin. I too realised that my parents were only human beings, and that their fallibility left me vulnerable to the world. If I were...

  • Lisa

    Religion, Race, Gender, Sexuality! That is a powerful, strong cocktail mix of a story for sure, sung as a mourning prayer or a long orgasmic sensation. In the character of Gabriel, all that is abusive...

  • Elyse  Walters

    It's John's 14th birthday....his family would forget without his mentioning it. It's a Sunday. Every Sunday the Grimes family walks to church where his father is deacon. It's not the biggest or larges...

  • Matthew

    3 to 3.5Go Tell It on the Mountain is a very powerful book and I can tell why it is on many must read lists. Overall the way it was written was easy to get into and the journey into each specific char...

  • Cheryl

    He gives me music in words, and I fall for each note. When Baldwin juxtaposes hope and despair, he makes me fall in step with his professionally-performed melancholic waltz. Genius he is, with words a...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Go Tell It On The Mountain, James BaldwinGo Tell It on the Mountain is a 1953 semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin. It tells the story of John Grimes, an intelligent teenager in 1930's Harlem,...

  • Fabian

    More mystical & readable than the other biggie of Harlem literature, "Invisible Man", the tale told here is like a prism that breaks up into different lights, different lives filled to the brim with h...