• Title: Going to Meet the Man
  • Author: James Baldwin
  • ISBN: 9780679761792
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Paperback
  • Going to Meet the Man There s no way not to suffer But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level and their stories as tol
    There s no way not to suffer But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their head above water It may be the heroin that a down and out jazz pianist u There s no way not to suffer But you try all kinds of ways to keep from drowning in it The men and women in these eight short fictions grasp this truth on an elemental level, and their stories, as told by James Baldwin, detail the ingenious and often desperate ways in which they try to keep their head above water It may be the heroin that a down and out jazz pianist uses to face the terror of pouring his life into an inanimate instrument It may be the brittle piety of a father who can never forgive his son for his illegitimacy Or it may be the screen of bigotry that a redneck deputy has raised to blunt the awful childhood memory of the day his parents took him to watch a black man being murdered by a gleeful mob.By turns haunting, heartbreaking, and horrifying and informed throughout by Baldwin s uncanny knowledge of the wounds racism has left in both its victims and its perpetrators Going to Meet the Man is a major work by one of our most important writers.

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    1. The Temptation to Gnostic SurrenderWhenever I’m in danger of feeling smugly self-satisfied or, on alternate days, resentfully dissatisfied about my place in the world, James Baldwin is always on hand as a corrective. His prose is hypnotic as it allows entry into the lives of people one does not know. His minimalist descriptions are perfect in their evocation of a timeless space. The relationships he characterizes are simply true; one can feel oneself part of them. And the real condition of bei [...]

    2. James Baldwin. James fucking Baldwin.Love of my life. Master of prose. Destroyer of my heart.Perfectly incredible selection of short stories that ripped me to pieces. Devastating and wonderful.Goddammit, my love for Baldwin has only increased. What a perfect way to start 2015's reading.

    3. All they really knew were two darknesses, the darkness of their lives, which was now closing in on them, and the darkness of the movies, which had blinded them to that other darkness, and in which they now, vindictively dreamed, at once more together than they were at any other time, and more alone. from 'Sonny's Blues'I've been having that feeling of "I wish this guy was seeing what I see and we could compare notes" about James Baldwin. I'd read The Fire Next Time and Giovanni's Room already bu [...]

    4. I was slightly disappointed with the first novel I read by the late great James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room. Although I found it difficult to empathize with the main character (who I found to be a little whiny and spoiled), I was really taken by how beautiful Baldwin's writing was. It was enough to keep me interested in reading more of his work and I'm glad I chose this book as the next one. This solid collection of 8 short stories is a great primer to his writing style and the themes that permeate [...]

    5. If you look through my notes below, you might decide that it is better to stay safe and not read this scary, sad piece of life. Well the choice is yours of course, whether to choose to see, to taste a bit, to let the stories touch you and make you feel, to think, or you can stay safely away."The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers."— James A. Baldwin The Rockpile The contrast between staying safe, innocent upstairs and living, hurting, laughing, si [...]

    6. I know everybody's in trouble and nothing is easy, but how can I explain to you what it feels like to be black when I don't understand it and don't want to and spend all my time trying to forget it? Οι πρωταγωνιστές κι οι πρωταγωνίστριες των 8 μικρών ιστοριών προσπαθούν με πολυμήχανους κι απελπισμένους τρόπους να κρατηθούν στην επιφάνεια, αποτυγχάνουν κι όμως [...]

    7. Everytime I read one of these short stories, in particular 'Going to meet the man', I found my jaw dropping open in amazement: the detail, the horror of human nature, Baldwin's ability and humanity through it all.etely awe-inspiring.

    8. "Then it was over. Creole and Sonny let out their breath, both soaking wet, and grinning. There was a lot of applause and some of it was real. In the dark, the girl came by and I asked her to take drinks to the bandstand. There was a long pause, while they talked up there in the indigo light and after a while I saw the girl put a scotch and milk on top of the piano for Sonny. He didn't seem to notice it, but just before they started playing again, he sipped from it and looked toward me, and nodd [...]

    9. This week one of my African-American students, 19 years old, told the class he is a racist. When I asked him to explain he only said, "Well, everyone's racist." I first started reading James Baldwin many years ago, before I understood and acknowledged the truth of what my student said. I loved his writing but didn't know what to do with his rage. Today, with my consciousness somewhat raised, I find Baldwin just as compelling and even more troubling. All of these stories were painful to read and [...]

    10. Zbiór przejmujących i poruszających opowiadań. Nie jestem przyzwyczajona do czytania opowiadań, dlatego po skończeniu pierwszego tekstu, pierwsza mysl jaka mnie naszła, byla "czemu juz? Chce wiecej!"Mądrość wymowy z połączeniu z genialnym stylem sprawiają, że uważam to za jedną z najlepszych książek jaką przeczytałam w ostatnich latach!

    11. These eight short stories will leave you hungry for more writing my Baldwin. They are all powerful and each one a different perspective on the issue of race in America. Not beating a dead horse by any means they allow the reader to view first hand through the eyes of man, woman, child, black and white, what racial apartheid / hatred / apathy does to the doer, the recipient and the indifferent. Each story leaves an impression upon the psyche. Some more than others. Worth reading more than once. [...]

    12. Amazing; my first exposure to James Baldwin was in my Modern American Literature class. The short story "Going to Meet the Man" lured me in, I resolved to read this whole book when I got the chance. It is a collection of several short stories by Baldwin, dissecting the ideas of love, hate, life, death, sexuality and race with his persistently poignant prose. The way he treats the subject of death is unlike any author I have encountered. The death of a child in both "The Man-Child" and "Sonny's B [...]

    13. I don't always love short stories, but dear goodness, these are magnificent. And brutal. And so easy enter into, even if the scenarios are wretched, even if you think "I can't imagine feeling that way" you listen for ten more minutes and find yourself thinking "of course he feels that way. How could he not?" Going to Meet the Man (the final story in the collection) is a graphic depiction of a lynching, as seen from a the eyes of a white child, but I think my favorite story was of a musician who [...]

    14. Part of me wishes that I had read all of the Baldwin books years ago so that I could be rereading them now. Most of me recognizes that now is a fairly perfect intersection between my readiness for Baldwin and Baldwin's forever increasing relevance. His work seems more vital and more alive and more necessary this summer than any other work I have ever known. I have yet to read a word of his work that I do not hope to reread many times over. "Sonny's Blues" is my favorite short story ever, and the [...]

    15. There are 8 short stories in this collection that was first published in 1965. The stories are very good. The concern much more than race relations. Characters come to live and you can feel their pain and their strugglesE ROCKPILE and THE OUTING involve the same family a few years apart. In the first story, the family consists of Father, Mother, baby, son Roy, and son John. John is the oldest and Father is his step-father. Roy goes out when he is not supposed to and gets hurt. Father punishes Jo [...]

    16. A few years ago I was assigned a handful of these short stories for an African-American lit course (taught by a white man, naturally) and I really liked them, but my intention to read the whole collection fell away with other coursework. I'm happy to have finally read the entire collection now, and I was right to not read it in the middle of the semester--these are stories that are meant to be taken in slowly and savored. (Rushing through them between classes would not have done Baldwin's work j [...]

    17. Reading Baldwin is a complex experience. I end this collection of stories wth feelings of disgust, bitterness, anger, loss, love, and in complete awe of Baldwin. The master of deeply confusing and traumatic prose. No one writes of complex emotions better than Baldwin. The way he breaks each characters thought processes apart is incredible. He was himself a highly conflicted and complex man as is evident in his stories. But if his fiction is anything to go by he was also deeply capable of loving [...]

    18. what can i say, i love "sonny's blues" too. the rest of his writing appeals to me, but not as much. i have a really bad memory but i can still remember reading sonny's blues for the first time. that image of him playing the piano at the end and the "very cup of trembling" they might as well be etched into my brain matter. they've stuck with me for ten years, and i'll continue to be influenced by that story.

    19. Baldwin is a master. I wish each of these short stories was a full novel that never ended. I could read his words forever and not get tried. His characters are all wounded, dark, and suffering just the way I like, but they are also filled with joy and hope and in search of a better world. Again, not really for younger readers, but read Baldwin when you are in IB or Uni, you will love it.

    20. I wasn't able to connect with the writing style in these stories. Some stories I felt ended abruptly that I didn't understand what was going on. I jumped between the stories and did not read them in order, and some of the stories I stopped after a few pages and went to the next one.

    21. James Baldwin's short story collection is one of the most beautifully written, profound collections of short stories I've ever read. To me, Baldwin's greatest talent is his ability to balance societal issues (racism, homophobia, poverty, etc) and personal issues in each short story, as well as show the connection between the two. Many people who write about serious socio-political issues in their fiction have characters that are only (or mostly) defined in the story by their relation to that iss [...]

    22. I've never felt the need to review a book on before, but this book needs praise, and, more importantly, it needs attention. After having read Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, I was, despite the gloomy descriptions of black male life, uplifted. I never thought one could write such redeeming and beautiful prose on such an ugly and political topic. Naturally, I started looking at Coates' inspiration for writing this book, and who people compared him to. This very swiftly led me into t [...]

    23. Whew! I've put off reading Baldwin - having 1st heard of him as much as 35+ yrs ago. This was everything I expected it to be & more. I was expecting devastating looks at American racism & that was certainly there - esp in the sickening title story. But there's much, much more. The sensitiveness of the language is on a par w/ Nabokov. There were so many points that I cd relate to. Baldwin articulates everything in such a clear-headed way - he makes the characters so easy to feel - even th [...]

    24. Wow. James Baldwin is an absolute master. I've read and taught "Sonny's Blues," so many times over the years, but this is the first time I've read this entire collection, and it just devastated me in that way only the best fiction and writing can do. He writes from so many different POVs and perspectives, from the perspective of young kids, with two stories following the same two kids, as the older of the two, and the only one from the mothers pre-married life, endures the hate of his step-fathe [...]

    25. Simply an outstanding short story collection. Story after story, I kept saying to myself, "Oh, yes, that's very, very true! I never thought of it that way before!" Even the single story that I thought was bordering on mundane, by my standards, had those very same "Ah, hah!" moments. But as good as everything before it was, nothing quite prepares you for the power of the collection's title story, "Going to Meet the Man". If all the stories before it were like a friend gently poking their finger o [...]

    26. James Baldwin writes with such insight and beautiful description. I particularly noticed his careful attention to sound and music in these stories. We can see echoes of Baldwin's life in the stories, but Baldwin branches out to explore the points of view of many characters, some of whom are grossly unsympathetic (like the sheriff torturer in a small Southern community), but all of whom are very much human and not presented as caricatures. Baldwin often takes the point of view of a woman, and he [...]

    27. These stories were very haunting. Often an unexpected dimension is revealed toward the end of the story or in an unexpected place in the middle which lends the stories a sometimes spooky feel. The first story reminded me of a Flannery O'Connor. A number of the stories portrayed relationships on the margin age and race differences, young gay relationships and extra-marital relationships. A relationship about to break up told from the point of view of the woman expecting to get dumped by her boyfr [...]

    28. What can I say except, "Wow"! This was an exceptionally written book of short stories that gives the reader a vivid view of the negative side of humanity. My favorite stories were 'The Man Child' and 'Going To Meet the Man'. The latter was superbly written with such intense detail, that at some points it was a bit difficult to read. However, it really gives the reader an intense look at the evils of the mistreatment of African Americans, particularly the men. James Baldwin, once again, shows the [...]

    29. This book hit me right where I felt it, causing me to feel sick to my stomach and simultaneously astounded at Baldwin's writing style. He writes honestly, openly. His characters are not -reliable- per se. However, they don't have much to hide. They seem open and honest perhaps dwelling too far into their dark, psychological depths. Baldwin challenges the reader to acknowledge the "dirty" bits of human existence. He forces the reader to look directly at acts of sexual and racial violence. You can [...]

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