Manchild in the Promised Land

Manchild in the Promised Land

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Baker & Taylor
A rerelease of a 1965 best-selling classic traces the author's experiences as a first-generation African American raised in the Northern ghettos of Harlem in the mid-20th century, an upbringing marked by violence, drugs and devastating urban disadvantages. By the author of Makes Me Wanna Holler.

Simon and Schuster
Manchild in the Promised Land is indeed one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown's childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for the first generation of African Americans raised in the Northern ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s. When the book was first published in 1965, it was praised for its realistic portrayal of Harlem -- the children, young people, hardworking parents; the hustlers, drug dealers, prostitutes, and numbers runners; the police; the violence, sex, and humor. The book continues to resonate generations later, not only because of its fierce and dignified anger, not only because the struggles of urban youth are as deeply felt today as they were in Brown's time, but also because the book is affirmative and inspiring. Here is the story about the one who "made it," the boy who kept landing on his feet and became a man.

Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 1999
Edition: First Touchstone edition
ISBN: 9780684864181
0684864185
Branch Call Number: 305.896 B877 1999
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Mar 13, 2018

1965 autobiographical novel that exposed readers to a different side of the black experience. Born in Harlem, where much of the book is set, Claude Brown followed the trail that was blazed by writers like Ellison, Wright, and Baldwin. What separates him is that he describes more than explains, if that makes sense. There's no obvious message, he's just sketching his Harlem, which is populated by hustlers, whores, pimps, small time crooks, junkies, dealers, musicians, and a bunch of people just trying to get by. While it runs a little long (400 pages), it's an important document of the period and one which still resonates today.

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SeattleStark
Oct 28, 2017

An essential must read for any american interested in the African Diaspora. I am first generation from the pacific islands, yet the authour wrote in such a way that the migration of southern African-American's heading north resonated with me through many situations in the book. Like cooking bacon using hair greese, where I'm from we call that FOB.... Fresh Off the Boat.

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DarlingDebster
Nov 15, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book; my father read it first and informed me to read it because it was one awesome book. I've never regretted reading this novel. Mr. Brown did a great job telling this story. It's almost as if you will get caught in a dazed of playing the book out in your head. Truly a novel worth reading. There was never a bland moment. Please, READ IT!

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Nov 15, 2013

DarlingDebster thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99

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