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If Beale Street Could Talk By James Baldwin If Beale Street Could Talk In this honest and stunning novel James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice Told through the eyes of Tish a nineteen year old girl in love with Fonny a young

  • Title: If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Author: James Baldwin
  • ISBN: 9780307275936
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • If Beale Street Could Talk By James Baldwin In this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen year old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin s story mixes the sweet and the sad Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible cIn this honest and stunning novel, James Baldwin has given America a moving story of love in the face of injustice Told through the eyes of Tish, a nineteen year old girl, in love with Fonny, a young sculptor who is the father of her child, Baldwin s story mixes the sweet and the sad Tish and Fonny have pledged to get married, but Fonny is falsely accused of a terrible crime and imprisoned Their families set out to clear his name, and as they face an uncertain future, the young lovers experience a kaleidoscope of emotions affection, despair, and hope In a love story that evokes the blues, where passion and sadness are inevitably intertwined, Baldwin has created two characters so alive and profoundly realized that they are unforgettably ingrained in the American psyche.
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    1. Yossie on said:

      I reached the end of this book and didn t know what to do I didn t know what to do with myself, and I didn t know what to do with the ending Right now, I don t know how to rate this I think I will pass on a star rating I ll just go ahead and say what I feel What I feel, what I think, and, I suppose, what happened to me during the course of my reading.You may or may not know this, but I adore James Baldwin I am enamoured of him and I think he was one of the greatest to ever do this art writing th [...]

    2. Cheryl on said:

      I ve never come across a Baldwin read I didn t love Beale Street talked something sexual and consciously charged It is profound and suspenseful storytelling I think I was on page 78 and still didn t know why Fonny was locked up, yet I went along patiently and willingly This book is very different from the lyricism that is Go Tell It on the Mountain and Giovanni s Room, but the love story and angst is Baldwinian I don t think I ve come across such a vivid portrait of the urban, African American, [...]

    3. Ammara Abid on said:

      My first read by Baldwin now I know the reason why he s a renowned great writer.

    4. Brian on said:

      In one of the memorable lines of To Kill a Mockingbird , Atticus Finch tells his daughter Scout to never judge a man until she s walked a mile in his shoes The lesson, of course, is that it is not possible to walk a mile in another man s shoes and therefore impossible to ever really know him , and therefore we should never judge.So if it is impossible to walk in another man s shoes, as an author James Baldwin gets us as close to this as is possible His writing of disenfranchised African America [...]

    5. Neal Adolph on said:

      I usually don t say that a book is unput downable, because in my limited reading experience I have found very few books have been unput downable But here I am, late in the morning, waking up after unexpectedly finishing this book last night, having picked it up for a few pages of progress before going to sleep, and then having been kept awake by the growing sense of unease and frustration until finally I finished it, turning that final electronic page, and feeling far from relieved by what I re [...]

    6. Shanice on said:

      I love James Baldwin I don t think I need to explain what a talented writer he is however, there were parts of this book that I felt were a bit melodramatic That could just be me There s an argument that takes place between a few people that seemed to get a little crazy in my opinion Other than that I enjoyed this book and so much of it is recognizable in a present day context There are still police officers like the ones in this book, the prison industrial complex still affects black men at unr [...]

    7. Amal Bedhyefi on said:

      MY GOD WHAT I VE JUST READ Brilliant , absolutely Brilliant is what I call this book.The story is about a Black young man charged with rape and trust me it s nothing like To kill a mocking bird The hate U give This book really stands out in the crowd.It is brilliant in the way James dealt with such delicate subject with brutal honesty , it is brilliant in the way the characters sounded , it is brilliant in the way that James knew exactly how to make the reader unable to put it down and gasp ever [...]

    8. Maya on said:

      Something hardens in him, something changes forever, his tears freeze in his belly But he has leaped from the promontory of despair He is fighting for his life.It was heartbreaking to witness how life hardened the pure hearts of two young people Fonny and Tish Tears filled my eyes every couple of pages while reading Tears of anger and helplessness and sadness caused by what happened to them But.This book had so much love in it Love between lovers, between parents and children, between siblings L [...]

    9. Ifeyinwa on said:

      Fucking hell Reeling I can t wait to see what Barry Jenkins does with the film adaptation.

    10. Dave on said:

      Anything by James Baldwin is good, but this was the first of his books I read and it soaked my mind in a sweet broth.

    11. Judy on said:

      Because I came of age in the 1960s and because I was raised in a liberal family, I have always known about James Baldwin Somehow though I had never read anything he wrote until I read Go Tell It On The Mountain, published in 1953, as part of my Big Fat Reading Project By then I had read Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker I admire all of those authors immensely, but James Baldwin is in a class of his own.One of the greatest benefits of reading good fiction comes from [...]

    12. Corinne on said:

      In this book what I loved was Tish s devotion to save Fonny, her optimism in the face of all that is going against them Also, in the story, everything goes counter to what we would expect normally, even the end Baldwin has caught the true reality of life, particularly of a young Afro American man, exploited in the hands of white policemen I came across this book accidentally, but its theme seems so relevant still today, particularly in the contexts of all those recent killings in America of youn [...]

    13. Barry Pierce on said:

      While this may not be as memorable as Giovanni s Room or Another Country I feel that this is the novel in which Baldwin just sits back and let s his prose do the talking I must admit that the storyline may not be his greatest but it is endowed with marvellous writing and just gorgeous cynicism Baldwin is god.

    14. Sofia on said:

      A heart wrenching wailing cry for the lost youth, the dead children Baldwin at his best, concise, trim writing evoking the so beautiful love between Fonny and Tish and also the love of their family To then see this love then sullied, tarnished by hate, injustice is a blow to the heart The unbearable tension and tragedy of life on a knife s edge, with no control over the way you ll fall art credit This has left me so angry, so sad, so hopeless, in a dark place I was aware before but this has reac [...]

    15. Jessica Woodbury on said:

      Within a minute of finding out Barry Jenkins would be adapting this book, I put it on hold at the library I usually like to read a book and then have some space before seeing the film version so this should work out nicely I ve also had an itch to read Baldwin ever since seeing I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO earlier this year This is my 5th Baldwin book and every time I read one I am mad at myself for not having read them all yet He is a wonder And not just his nonfiction, which gets attention these days [...]

    16. Didi on said:

      Wow What frank in your face writing Love reading this story about two lovers who have everything to be happy, except her fianc has been accused of a crime he didn t commit Check review at didibooksenglish.wordpress on Wednesday.

    17. Lydia on said:

      It is so wonderful to just sit back and let Baldwin s prose swim over you His writing does all the talking in this novel and it s a true pleasure to experience.If Beale Street Could Talk tells the story of 22 year old Fonny a 22 year old who has been wrongly accused of rape and is in jail awaiting trial We are told the story through the narration of his girlfriend, 19 year old Tish.It s a novel that explores the two main characters intimate romantic relationship and love It also deals with that [...]

    18. Dora Okeyo on said:

      These captive men are the hidden price for a hidden lie the righteous must be able to locate the damned To do much is to have true power and the necessity to dictate to the damned But that, thinks Fonny, works both ways Story Fonny loves Tish 19years old and pregnant with his child but he s been falsely accused of rape and is imprisoned and the only thing they can ask is will he be set free I loved Tish for a nineteen year old, she is strong and sees the world for what it is Injustice is keeping [...]

    19. Brierly on said:

      I promised myself after reading Giovanni s Room, my first Baldwin novel, that it would always be my favorite I went into If Beale Street Could Talk with a bit of apprehension, as I didn t know what to expect I ve read enough of Baldwin s prose to know that I love his interpretation of the English language, but would it have a similarly compelling, understated plot like Giovanni s Room Yes Of course.If Beale Street Could Talk is the story of Fonny and Tish, Fonny s imprisonment, and Tish s pregan [...]

    20. leynes on said:

      If Beale Street Could Talk was written, if not revised for publication, by James Baldwin in the 1950s It is about the suffering of black communities in what Baldwin calls the garbage dump of New York City blacks constantly at the mercy of whites, and the psychological aspect of racial segregation The peculiar fact of their being so politically helpless seems to have strenghtened, in Baldwin s imagination at least, the deep, powerful bonds of emotion between them If Beale Street Could Talk is a q [...]

    21. jessi lee on said:

      i just pulled out a selection from this book to read for valentine s day with my adult english class at St Leonards high school it s a pretty easy read the plot is about a pregnant 19 year old black woman in NYC fighting with her family to get her fiance out of jail as he faces a pretty serious charge i had forgotten what i loved so much about it, and i m struck again, reading it, how important it is to love people simply stubbornly, and how state violence racism attack that love try to make us [...]

    22. Crystal Belle on said:

      this novel is baldwin s best i thought another country was it, but this was by far the best a love story between two african american teenagers in harlem their love is tested by the racism of the police and of society in general the lanaguage is beautiful, cruel, haunting, and passionate all at once as a human being, you are forced to think, to question and to step outside of what is comfortable there is also the lingering question throughout what does it truly mean to be an artist i finished th [...]

    23. TK421 on said:

      A haunting love story that probes the depths of what love means when it is compromised by race, police injustice, poverty, and youth A fantastic read VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    24. Armin Hennig on said:

      Fragw rdiger Kult des KlauensSchweren Herzens drei Sterne f r dieses Zeitdokument James Baldwin ist sicherlich ein besserer Autor als etliche seiner Generationsgenossen, z.B William Styron oder Alex Haley Davon legt dieses Gelegenheitswerk deutlich Zeugnis ab Wenn sich Baldwin etwas mehr M he mit dem Schluss gegeben h tte, w rde ich von dieser Bezeichnung vielleicht absehen, aber die letzte Seite ist ein derartiger Abbruch und wirkt so dahingehudelt, als w re ihm das Schreibmaschinenpapier ausge [...]

    25. Shani on said:

      Fonny and Tish are rebellion in a world that does not want nor care to give them the space to love A black love An extraordinary love A spiritual yet traditional love This story is so normal and quintessentially American It details how a community a village deals with the unjust incarceration of one of their own And, specifically, how it informs and shapes the love of our main characters, Fonny and Tish.And there is love An all consuming love that is immense and prodigious What I find so profoun [...]

    26. Maya B on said:

      I don t say this often about books I read, but I found this one to be heart wrenching This was my first James Baldwin book and I loved it I m so glad its been picked up to be made in to a movie Baldwin did than show us the love story of Fonny and Tish He spoke of race and the injustice of our legal system This book was written in 1974 and felt current I give this book a 4 because I think it could have ended better It was definitely a page turner and kept my attention from beginning to end.

    27. Kevin on said:

      I am just crazy about James Baldwin s later work The dialogue in this one feels like a Terkel tape recording Really great I ve noticed a recurrent theme where a passive person must take care of an artistic genius Exist to keep their flame from going out Worked to better effect in Just Above My Head, which I absolutely loved Here the reader can t help but wonder why Tish starts off so unbelievably strong on the very first page and then only bears witness to Fonny s genius There I said it I get th [...]

    28. Anabel (inthebookcorner) on said:

      Has got to be one of my favorites this year so far My first James Baldwin book I need .

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