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|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.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||109122958|
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|Introduction by||Nathan Mccall|
|Number of Pages||416 Pages|
|Reviews||James Baldwina Tremendous Achievement., Dick Schaap Books This is a magnificent book, not a good book, not an interesting book, a magnificent book....It is a guided tour of hell conducted by a man who broke out., Norman MailerThe first thing I ever read which gave me an idea of what it would be like day by day if I'd grown up in Harlem., Atlanta Journal He writes about his life -- and Harlem -- with frank, brutal, and beautiful power. Mr. Brown's graphic narrative will make you laugh, cry, think, and possibly understand., Daniel A. PolingBrown's Harlem is alive in a way that no black ghetto has heretofore been brought to life between book jackets., Tom Wolfe Manchild in the Promised Land is Claude Brown's unforgettable epic of growing up as a boy on the streets of Harlem. His Zola-esque gift for slices of life is made all the more striking by his brilliant insights into character and social pressures., Tom Wolfe New York Herald Tribune Incredible! No Negro writer ever told the whole street thing in Harlem: Claude Brown is the first., Romulus Linney The New York Times Book Review It is written with brutal and unvarnished honesty in the plain talk of the people, in language that is fierce, uproarious, obscene and tender., Nat Hentoff Book Week Sprung from the alley, a rare cat...As a survivor among the dying and the dead, Brown tells it like it was-and like it still is., William Mathes Los Angeles Times Sometimes a unique voice speaks out so clearly and with so much passion that it comes to speak for an era, a generation, a people...and we have to listen.|
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