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February 11, 2010

James Baldwin – If Beale Street Could Talk

Filed under: All,Reviews — Josh @ 3:18 pm
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If you ever are asked to illustrate the maxim about not judging a book from it’s cover, then I suggest this is a perfect example. The cover could be used for a Harlequin romance, and both front and back covers are plastered with quotations about what a wonderful love story it is.

I can only assume that this was a desperate attempt by the publishers not to frighten people off, this is not a love story, this is an angry book. It’s angry at the system, the white man, and those who substitute faith for decency. But if it is a polemic, it is no less effective as a work of fiction. The love story might not be the main theme of the book, but it is convincingly written, and the family relationships that form the emotional core of the book are superbly done. The prose snaps, the dialogue crackles (not sure if anything pops).


  1. I love James Baldwin. I’ll have to read this.

    Comment by Tea Drinker — February 11, 2010 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  2. It’s really good. Unfortunately it was just a book available at my hostel so I can’t lend it to you.

    Comment by Josh — February 11, 2010 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  3. Yeah, James Baldwin ain’t what you’d call light hearted. But well worth it!

    Comment by andygrrrl — February 12, 2010 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

  4. tish’s love carried away the reader through out the novel

    Comment by kala — April 27, 2010 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

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