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Popular PDF Epub Manchild in the Promised Land author Claude Brown Th An extraordinary book documenting the impact of generations of cultural disruption violence and cruelty This is the memoir of a member of the first generation after the Great Migration of African Americans from the rural south to the northern cities in this case Harlem but you can feel how directly the roots of this experience reach back through slavery and its aftermath I felt very strongly the disjuncture between the rhetorical power of the text and the extreme cultural privation Brown describes in his childhood and the story of the book is of how the two converge how he became the man who wrote the book His personality comes through very strongly He seems to have cultivated detachment from childhood and his ability to report without judging a gang rape in which he participated for instance is extremely unsettling and yet feels heroic at times in his capacity for love and forgiveness I won't forget this

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Manchild in the Promised LandEre are many interesting things in this book format Hardcover and oth Best book I've ever read I'm from Harlem so I can really relate to a whole lot he wrote about even tho he wrote about a Harlem 30 years before my time I give this to all my male friends who get locked up Yeah I kno that sounds funny but I just want them to see that other people have gone thru they what they've gone thru lived the life they've lived and managed to get thru it to the other side

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doc Ð Manchild in the Promised Land ☆ Hardcover read ¾ randarenewables Ø Popular PDF Epub, Manchild in the Promised Land author Claude Brown There are many interesting things in this book format Hardcover and others 415 pages and has a text language like English isbn 9780613371582 Ers 415 pages and has a text language like English isbn 9780613371582 It took me forever to finish this book because it is very long and it has little or no structure Overall it's just an endless series of little vignettes but it still may be one of the most amazing books I've ever readThe book is a semi fictionalized account of the author's life growing up as a small time street criminal in Harlem in the 1940s and 50s the narrator is like the author named Claude Brown He eventually gets shot escaping from a heist gets put in a juvenile detention center and then starts working innumerable small jobs to help himself finish school and escape the pull of the streets On one level the book is a classic story of decline and redemption though Brown wouldn't put it in such Manichean terms He is perhaps appropriately interested in the moments than the grand arc The one constant throughout the book though is what Brown calls the plague the descent of heroin on Harlem in the early 1950s To Brown it seemed to transform what was already an impoverished ghetto into a permanent wasteland Hopeless junkies with no concern for anything replaced the low level hustlers and scared even the hardened criminals His friends started talking about junkies robbing their own parents for money which as he said nobody had ever heard of before It was a previously unimaginable level of depravity Eventually most of his friends and some of his family succumbed to the plague and ended up dead or in jail He escaped to tell the taleThe pull of the book is that almost all of the little stories Brown tells from participating in a stick up to watching the rise of the Black Muslims are simply amazing on their own terms and are relayed with such clear eyed intensity that you can't help but be carried along by it all Brown also has a perfect ear for dialogue and great insight into what makes people in extreme situations tick If you have the time I highly recommend it