Go Tell It On the Mountain (4/5 stars), a classic novel in the canon of American literature, is today’s Audible Daily Deal, priced at just $3.95 TODAY ONLY. From Amazon:
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
“Mountain,” Baldwin said, “is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin’s first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.
One Amazon reviewer says:
Though it was hailed at publication for its groundbreaking use of black idiom, what is most striking about Go Tell It on the Mountain today is its structure and its scope. In peeling back the layers of these damaged lives, Baldwin dramatizes the story of the great black migration from rural South to urban North. “Behind them was the darkness,” Baldwin writes of Gabriel and Elizabeth’s lost generation, “nothing but the darkness, and all around them destruction, and before them nothing but the fire–a bastard people, far from God, singing and crying in the wilderness!” This is Baldwin’s music–a music in which rhapsody is rooted anguish–and there is none finer in American literature. –David Laskin