Notes of a Native Son

  • Title: Notes of a Native Son
  • Author: James Baldwin
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  • Page: 303
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  • Notes of a Native Son In an age of Black Lives Matter James Baldwin s essays on life in Harlem theprotest novel movies and African Americans abroad are as powerfultoday as when they were first written With documentarie
    In an age of Black Lives Matter, James Baldwin s essays on life in Harlem, theprotest novel, movies, and African Americans abroad are as powerfultoday as when they were first written With documentaries like I Am Not Your Negro bringing renewed interest to Baldwin s life and work, Notes of a Native Son serves as a valuable introduction.Written during the 1940s and early 1950s, when Baldwin was only in his twenties, the essays collected in Notes of a Native Son capturea view of black life and black thought at the dawn of the civil rightsmovement and as the movement slowly gained strength through the words ofone of the most captivating essayists and foremost intellectuals ofthat era Writing as an artist, activist, and social critic, Baldwinprobes the complex condition of being black in America With a keen eye,he examines everything from the significance of the protest novel tothe motives and circumstances of the many black expatriates of the time,from his home in The Harlem Ghetto to a sobering Journey toAtlanta Notes of a Native Soninaugurated Baldwin asone of the leading interpreters of the dramatic social changes eruptingin the United States in the twentieth century, and many of hisobservations have proven almost prophetic His criticism on topics suchas the paternalism of white progressives or on his own friend RichardWrights work is pointed and unabashed He was also one of the fewwriting on race at the time who addressed the issue with a powerfulmixture of outrage at the gross physical and political violence againstblack citizens and measured understanding of their oppressors, whichhelped awaken a white audience to the injustices under their noses.Naturally, this combination of brazen criticism and unconventionalempathy for white readers won Baldwin as much condemnation as praise Notes is the book that established Baldwins voice as a social critic, and itremains one of his most admired works The essays collected here createa cohesive sketch of black America and reveal an intimate portrait ofBaldwins own search for identity as an artist, as a black man, and asan American.

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    1. A collection of old essays that were quite typical of 1955, before Rosa Parks and of course Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in 1963. They should have been tempered a little bit in 1984, but they were not as shown in the new introduction:“Not once have the Civilized been able to honor, recognize, or describe the Savage. . . It is savagely, if one may say so, ironical that the only proof the world – mankind – has ever had of White supremacy is in the Black face and voice: [...]

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    2. James Baldwin was years beyond his time. This book is a great example of that. Still reading it because I want to take my time to take in all of his very well written words and I even wrote notes in it as well. As you black woman living in America this book and many others by JB is a MUST! Really hope EVERYONE can read his words they will change you!!!

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    3. This was my second book by James Baldwin and it is another very well written view of the 1960's and the role race played. So little has changed since then, Baldwin's observations are that much more insightful. He sees the racial divide so clearly, even as he was expending his thoughts on the core issues. The other book I read just before this one "The Fire Next Time" is a fully realized view and is my 1st pick of Baldwin's writing (so far). The premise that -white folks don't need to learn to ac [...]

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    4. Beside the subject matter being of such importance, the writing is breath taking.Baldwin draws the reader in with personal accounts and the goings-on of his thought process. Long after reading, his words come to mind. I loved this and appreciate the nuances related with each essay building on the next. I can't recommend this enough.

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    5. This book provides a great place for discussions on race in America, both past and present. I admit, however, that I will reread and mark many more passages for better understanding. It was with luck and amusement that I read a chapter on France since I'm heading there soon. My romantic expectations have hopefully become more realistic I love Mr. Baldwin's frankness and perspective.

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    6. The title essay in Baldwin's important collection has been one of those pieces of writing that has been personally important throughout my personal and professional life. Baldwin combines his first experiences of racism with his memories of his strained relationship to his bitter father. The encounter with racism in a New Jersey restaurant where he is refused service leads Baldwin to a better understanding of his father's pain and his attempts to overcome his own.The essay is beautifully written [...]

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