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Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone : Penguin Modern Classics - James Baldwin

Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone

By: James Baldwin

Paperback | 15 October 2018 | Edition Number 1

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Baldwin's fourth novel recounts a lifetime of grappling with love, loss and identity

'Everyone wishes to be loved, but in the event, nearly no one can bear it'

At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, we see the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the world of the theatre lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that seems poised on the brink of racial war. In this tender, angry 1968 novel, James Baldwin created one of his most striking characters- a man struggling to become himself.
Industry Reviews
Truth-telling, witness bearing, soul stirring writing -- Cornel West
The emotion surrounding family attachment... is deeply felt and is one of the reasons he continues to be read with such intensity -- Colm Toibin
Timeless . . . a visionary writer * Guardian *
A jazzlike reconfiguration of Baldwin's own life, with existing parts examined and rearranged and new parts added -- Clifford Thompson * LA Review of Books *
One of the few essential novelists of our time * New Statesman *

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