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Book Review of Go Tell It on the Mountain

Go Tell It on the Mountain
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It is the end of 19th century rural South; the early years of the 20th century in New York City. This is a story of black America, of evangelism, of revivalism, of racism at its worst; of a people caught up in a struggle for daily existence in a society straining for change that will occur only too slowlymaybe not at all. Heavy at times on "Praise the Lord" and the concept of sin and forgiveness, you may envision some comparison to Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but after reading it there will be no doubt that Baldwin in one of the greatest writers of his time.

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