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Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain
Author: James Baldwin
ISBN 13: 9780440330073
ISBN 10: 440330076
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Dell
Publication Date: 1985-11-10
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $7.99

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Using as a frame the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a Saturday night service in a Harlem storefront church, Baldwin lays bare the secrets of a tormented black family during the depres

Sacred Life

Go Tell It on the Mountain is filled with biblical references that evoke the spirit of the black church and a realism that brings to life the Harlem of the 1930s, a northern ghetto whose inhabitants were still struggling with southern demons. Baldwin, in a 1984 interview with the Paris Review, captured what he was trying to say in the novel about all of us and about his own life: "[Writing Go Tell It on the Mountain] was an attempt to exorcise something, to find out what happened to my father, what happened to all of us, what had happened to me and how we were to move from one place to another." Its brilliant style and sophisticated portrait of a young man struggling with complex issues made this one of the landmark novels of the postwar period.