Another Country – James Baldwin

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

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Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions–sexual, racial, political, artistic–that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime. In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s.

Year: 1992
Language: English
Pages: 149
ISBN 10: 0679744711
ISBN 13: 9780679744719
File Type: pdf

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4 reviews for Another Country – James Baldwin

  1. Napal

    Amazing novel!

  2. Max

    I don’t even know where to begin with Another Country…..

    This book showed me myself in ways I had never imagined a book could….I mean talk about intense, raw, truth, hurt, love, booze, swinging, and every other action that connects all human beings…

    I am 21 years old, and to think that December 10th if this year will mark the 50th Anniversary of this book is mind-blowing to me.

    I first have to start with Rufus Scott….I have never had a character in fiction who was complex, and damaged that I could FEEL like this young man…..The funeral scene where the pastor is eulogizing Rufus is by far one of my most powerful moment’s in reading I have had…I being a african American truly have been to funerals like this my life.

  3. Nixhol

    Wow. Just… wow. Kind of weird—my reaction is not declare Another Country a new favorite, I just didn’t love it in that way. And yet, and yet, it penetrated deeply, perhaps more deeply than some books I do consider my favorite…

    Perhaps this has to do with how perplexing Baldwin is as an author—it takes a while, almost too much effort to get into the story, and then suddenly, unexpectedly you’re in an ever-tightening vice, not sure how the hell Baldwin got you there before you even managed to notice. He certainly has a way with words, beautiful, almost aggressively lyrical without ever being showy; but what his words do have is weight, an almost unbearable density that in some passages seem to weigh so heavily upon the skin, as if their sole purpose is to rip to shreds any layers of resistance, pick apart any and every last defense…

  4. Robin

    Near the start of this book, I was reminded of Baldwin’s previous novel, Giovanni’s Room. But it quickly becomes Giovanni’s Room-‘exploded’, for this is not just the story of fraught tension between a homosexual man and a possibly bisexual man; but also the story of other couples, and coupling: a white woman who has escaped the South and a black man; a white man and a black woman; and, the one that seemed the most forced to me, an ‘older’ married woman and a homosexual (bisexual?)

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