My girlfriend recommended James Baldwin to me. I picked this book up free in a little store in Kentish Town, North London. What a find! Man, James can write. James Baldwin delivers an account in the form of two essays – one, an address to his nephew on how to survive living in a racist society in the USA. The second, an essay on the black movement the Nation of Islam – where Baldwin grapples with the Nation’s affirmative stance on non integration between blacks and whites. If you’re into eassays or simply looking for beautifully written prose, then Baldwin’s the man!
Baldwin’s first novel ‘Go Tell it on the Mountain’ is on my radar.