Manchild in the Promised Land

Manchild in the Promised Land

Book - 1999
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This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown's childhood as a streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem of everyday life for the first generation African American raised in the Northern ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 1999.
Edition: First Touchstone edition.
Copyright Date: ©1965
ISBN: 9780684864181
Branch Call Number: 305.896473 BR
Characteristics: 415 pages ; 22 cm


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if you wish to know what it was like to be in Harlem shortly after Malcolm X was assassinated, by his fellow Muslims, this book is essential to read.

Mar 13, 2018

1965 autobiographical novel that exposed readers to a different side of the black experience. Born in Harlem, where much of the book is set, Claude Brown followed the trail that was blazed by writers like Ellison, Wright, and Baldwin. What separates him is that he describes more than explains, if that makes sense. There's no obvious message, he's just sketching his Harlem, which is populated by hustlers, whores, pimps, small time crooks, junkies, dealers, musicians, and a bunch of people just trying to get by. While it runs a little long (400 pages), it's an important document of the period and one which still resonates today.

Oct 28, 2017

An essential must read for any american interested in the African Diaspora. I am first generation from the pacific islands, yet the authour wrote in such a way that the migration of southern African-American's heading north resonated with me through many situations in the book. Like cooking bacon using hair greese, where I'm from we call that FOB.... Fresh Off the Boat.

Nov 15, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book; my father read it first and informed me to read it because it was one awesome book. I've never regretted reading this novel. Mr. Brown did a great job telling this story. It's almost as if you will get caught in a dazed of playing the book out in your head. Truly a novel worth reading. There was never a bland moment. Please, READ IT!


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