Manchild in the Promised Land

Manchild in the Promised Land

Book - 2012 | Touchstone trade pbk. ed
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One of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time, Manchild in the Promised Land is the thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown's childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem. It 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 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. -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: Touchstone trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 145163157X (pbk.)
9781451631579 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: B BROWN 2012
Characteristics: x, 402 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

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.

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

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