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quarta-feira, 24 de junho de 2009

TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN'S BEEN GONE. Baldwin James.



TELL ME HOW LONG THE TRAIN'S BEEN GONE

Baldwin (James)

Publisher: London: Michael Joseph

Publication Date: 1968

Cloth, dw, 407pp. Very nice copy of the first British edition. James Baldwin's first novel since Another Country. James (Arthur) Baldwin 1924-1987.


Baldwin was highly-praised for 'Another Country' . This was his next novel, the story of a famous American negro, Leo Proudhammer, reflects on his life and his possible future.


Is the story of a famous American Negro, Leo Proudhammer, who has suffered a serious collapse at the age of 39 in San Francisco. During a period of enforced immobilisation, he and we examine what Leo considers to have been a misspent life.

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable.

For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo's loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial war. Overpowering in its vitality, extravagant in the intensity of its feeling, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone is a major work of American literature.


Written during a time in which racism and assimilation to white norms are horrifyingly rife, Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone brings to vivid view a man struggling to become himself through identities of a black man, a bisexual man, and an artist. Various occasions demand him to cover one of more of these identities in order to fit in. The novel pieces together moments of a man’s life that teach one the price of human connection. Trapped in the wrong time, at the wrong place, and with the wrong ambitions trapped in the wrong skin, Proudhammer’s perseverance earns him a reward that redeems and justifies all that pain, stigma, and bewilderment he once experienced.



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