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5.0 out of 5 stars Blistering & Beautiful, 30 Sep 2009
This review is from: The Fire Next Time: My Dungeon Shook; Down at the Cross (Twentieth Century Classics) (Paperback)
If anyone doubts that James Baldwin was a pivotal figure in 20th Century American letters, this astonishing little book will remove such doubts forever. Baldwin manages to convey his rage at US WASP-culture without succumbing to the blinding, toxic racism which made the predicament of his people possible in the first place. His plea for tolerance and human decency could only have come from someone who saw how close mid-sixties US society was to anarchic eruption - read it and keep it 'cause it's one you'll return to again and again.
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