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The Fire Next Time

By James Baldwin
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin digital book - Fable

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The book that galvanized the nation, gave voice to the emerging civil rights movementin the 1960s—and still lights the way to understanding race in America today. • "The finest essay I’ve ever read.” —Ta-Nehisi Coates

At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document from the iconic author of If Beale Street Could Talk and Go Tell It on the Mountain. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. 

Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle … all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of literature.

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Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This is a short but potent read. Written over 64 years ago, Baldwin tattoos race relations like a masterful painter yielding a paint brush. His insights and clarity make for gut wrenching and anguish but enlightening read. His mastery and prose is exquisite if not sorrowful at times. I encourage everyone to read this book if you want to know how the US can move forward and possibly beyond the shit show of a mess that plagues our country and divides us by our childish understanding of humanity and race relations that still has left un healing scars and promises left broken on of how we could a better country.”
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Beautifully writtenDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingBigotryRacism
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Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingEasy to readRealistic settingThought-provokingRacismViolence

About James Baldwin

JAMES BALDWIN (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time were bestsellers that made him an influential figure in the growing civil rights movement. Baldwin spent much of his life in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in France in 1987, a year after being made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor.

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