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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: AudioGO; Unabridged Edition edition (Jan. 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602833648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602833647
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 14.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #926,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Kate on March 29 2014
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James Baldwin is a black gay American novelist. " The fire next time is a collection of his essays" A classic.
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By Dr Vanish on March 10 2004
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As I was reading this book, I had thought some of the same ideas in this book before reading it. The idea of ending racism, but not forgetting it. I know, it's easier said than done. If we (people of the world) or let's just start with the U.S., weren't so thick-headed, I believe we could achieve this. A great read for those who don't want to continue on the same catastrophic path of we've been walking for the past hundreds of years. It can start with the present generation. Remember, whether you believe in a higher power than humans or not, we do have brains and have implemented far more complex notions.
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By KenJaco on Feb. 23 2004
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This is a fine essay. Within the comprehension of a clever reader, the content can be an informative guide to warn one of previous and current obstacles which may prove daunting. One may have to go a considerable distance on his path to really relate to the essay, whereas a certain understanding may be easily found.
Personally, I find the book fascinating on its own account without any social implications whatever.
Certainly, similar social issues prevail in almost every culture so the book should not specifically regard only the culture from which it comes, but many more indeed.
It is not angry or critical, but objective and resourceful. Whereas it may not take a great scholar to understand the pages, it takes a certain understanding of the world to relate to them. It takes humanity!
I recommend it highly!
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By "tmptmp" on Nov. 6 2003
Format: Hardcover
Searing, insighful work by a genius mind with a
writing style so filled with grace that it evokes tears.
Recognition fills every page. This book should be
required reading in every American school. Anyone
interested in what a writer is, should be, can be, should
experience Baldwin.
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Chris Rock (the famous, hilarious comedian) recommended this book in Essence magazine. After reading and subsequently re-reading this powerful book, I am convinced that racism will always be an issue in this country. As a result, this book has widely opened my eyes and patently directed my path as to what my purpose is on this earth. Further, it has sharply increased the acuity of my auditory skills in that I now carefully listen to what people are really saying or not saying to me, and thus, about me. No longer will I allow anyone to "assault" or "murder" me with their definitions and expectations of who I am! Thank you Mr. Baldwin for letting me know that "my house was on fire" and exactly what caused it.
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Chris Rock (the famous, hilarious comedian) recommended this book in Essence magazine. After reading and subsequently re-reading this powerful book, I am convinced that racism will always be an issue in this country. As a result, this book has widely opened my eyes and patently directed my path as to what my purpose is on this earth. Further, it has sharply increased the acuity of my auditory skills in that I now carefully listen to what people are really saying or not saying to me, and thus, about me. No longer will I allow anyone to "assault" or "murder" me with their definitions and expectations of who I am! Thank you Mr. Baldwin for letting me know that "my house was on fire" and exactly what caused it.
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Chris Rock (the famous, hilarious comedian) recommended this book in Essence magazine. After reading and subsequently re-reading this powerful book, I am convinced that racism will always be an issue for this country. As a result, this book has widely opened my eyes and patently directed my path as to what my purpose is on this earth. Further, it has sharply increased the acuity of my auditory skills in that I now carefully listen to what people are really saying or not saying to me, and thus, about me. No longer will I allow anyone to "assault" or "murder" me with their definitions and expectations of who I am! Thank you Mr. Baldwin for letting me know that "my house was on fire" and what caused it.
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This book would be an excellent choice for required reading for High School juniors and seniors. It deals with the real issue of race in a responsible, intelligent manner, in a way that is easily understood, yet not simplistic. We get enough cut-and-dried morality thrown at us, as well as much pathetically vague garbage about "tolerance", but not many people in primary public education deal with the main issues straight on. Baldwin views things in terms of the long-haul, but warns that things cannot remain as they are without serious repercussions. In a time when black youths have less and less to look to in the mainstream, I think it would be a great move to get this book put into the public High School curricula.
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