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Another Country

Another Country Set in Greenwich Village Harlem and France among other locales Another Country is a novel of passionssexual racial political artisticthat is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting se

  • Title: Another Country
  • Author: James Baldwin
  • ISBN: 9780440302001
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passionssexual, racial, political, artisticthat is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime In a small set of friendSet in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, among other locales, Another Country is a novel of passions sexual, racial, political, artistic that is stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, depicting men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks of gender and race by love and hatred at the most elemental and sublime In a small set of friends, Baldwin imbues the best and worst intentions of liberal America in the early 1970s.

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    1. Mary on said:

      All for the first time, in the days when acts had no consequences and nothing was irrevocable, and love was simple and even pain had the dignity of enduring forever. It was unimaginable that time could do anything to diminish it.But it was only love which could accomplish the miracle of making a life bearable – only love, and love itself mostly failed.This is not a love story. It was fitting that I read Another Country while camped out under the air conditioner or sweltering in the park or see [...]

    2. Cheryl on said:

      "Ne m'oublie pas," he whispered. "You are all I have in this world."Don't forget me. From Paris to Greenwich Village and Harlem, love traverses boundaries, inflames souls, manipulates the vulnerable, and burns each person who comes near its flames. Turbulent love is what Baldwin transcribes, the kind of love that is ignited by passion until it knows no name, has no form, except for the triangle it forms among friends. By now, my close GoodReads friends know about my reading love affair with Bald [...]

    3. Didi on said:

      It’s the late fifties in New York and Another Country begins following the ineffaceable Rufus Scott. He’s a jazz musician whose luck seems to have run out. From there the story of Another Country unfolds in three parts to uncover artists on their journey to survive life among racial unrest, misguided friendships, vacillating sexuality, societal pressures, and all while discovering a myriad of unlikable, flawed characters.Another Country is a slow burn of a story that will suck you in and kee [...]

    4. Faith on said:

      I am appalled that it took me so long to read Baldwin, but I am gradually correcting my outrageous neglect of this important author. He was a tremendously skillful writer. This character-driven book is about a group of authors, musicians, actors and a few others who come together in New York City. They are male, female, black, white, heterosexual and bisexual. They love, hurt, attract, challenge and repel each other in various combinations. They also struggle with issues surrounding their career [...]

    5. Oko on said:

      I don't even know where to begin with Another CountryThis book showed me myself in ways I had never imagined a book could.I mean talk about intense, raw, truth, hurt, love, booze, swinging, and every other action that connects all human beingsI am 21 years old, and to think that December 10th if this year will mark the 50th Anniversary of this book is mind-blowing to me.I first have to start with Rufus Scott.I have never had a character in fiction who was complex, and damaged that I could FEEL l [...]

    6. Jesse on said:

      Wow. Just wow. Kind of weird—my reaction is not declare Another Country a new favorite, I just didn't love it in that way. And yet, and yet, it penetrated deeply, perhaps more deeply than some books I do consider my favoritePerhaps this has to do with how perplexing Baldwin is as an author—it takes a while, almost too much effort to get into the story, and then suddenly, unexpectedly you're in an ever-tightening vice, not sure how the hell Baldwin got you there before you even managed to not [...]

    7. Barry Pierce on said:

      Such an excellent novel. This is Baldwin's Ulysses. A cast of genius and memorable characters, impeccable prose, and such relentless realism makes this the brilliant novel that it is. Baldwin has outdone himself by writing this novel. Just flawless.

    8. Josh on said:

      The first chapter is what makes this book: 88 pages of astonishing sadness, the amazing elucidation of the painful psyche of main character Rufus and could easily be a standalone novella/short story in Baldwin's remarkable oeuvre; perhaps one of the best short stories about the human psyche I've come across so far. This chapter sets up for what's to follow; more pain, more self-analysis of what it means to be of color, what it means to loathe the opposite or the oppressor, to loathe yourself for [...]

    9. Kathleen on said:

      “But it was only love which could accomplish the miracle of making a life bearable—only love, and love itself mostly failed”Have you ever had somebody tell you something, something secret and maybe a bit shocking but at the same time familiar and it makes you see them for who they are and that brings up these tender feelings for them that you didn’t know you had and after that you look at them and yourself and the whole world differently? That’s Another Country. This is my first readin [...]

    10. Sofia on said:

      3.5 starsBaldwin gave me a lonely, desolate, angry, violent vision of New York from the point of view of a group of liberal artists and how they lived the racial tension between blacks and whites. In their turn they had to deal with conflict that showed how much or how not so liberal they were. Their search for meaning, love, connection was and is universal regardless of race. But racial/historical differences will raise their ugly heads. I might say that this story is about something that happe [...]

    11. Vince on said:

      A relentless, searching, profound novel. Much is dated, but that's okay for readers such as I, with anthropological tendencies, i.e old Times Square hustler argot, 50s slang -- but AC also fills in the gaps, it shows how thing were done then, the whites who went to (gasp!), private negro jazz improvs, 50s publishing circles, etc.The structure as mentioned, is innovative: the loss of a person seen through a cast of characters who run the gamut; literarary, successful, unsuccessful, rich, poor, bl [...]

    12. Tananarive Due on said:

      I love Baldwin's writing style, but this novel has been in my bathroom (read: "library") for months, and I'm only making progress a few pages at a time. An original paperback copy sat in my office for years before that. I was curious about a novel featuring mostly white characters--and it's very well-written, but I have had some trouble engaging over the long term. ADDENDUM: I'm a softie. I'll just get that out. So I'm giving this book five stars although I suspect it might only deserve fourbut [...]

    13. Brian Gatz on said:

      This book embarrasses any number of writers who think themselves serious in matters of love, sex, poverty, art, or race--I'm not going to name names, but both sides of the Atlantic have in recent years given us writers who think that the upper-middle class satisfy all confrontations on these matters, whether as artist of subject matter. Baldwin possesses a degree of integrity that would be laughable were it not so grounded both in subject matter as well as quality of writing. In another's hand, [...]

    14. J Beckett on said:

      Baldwin!A most magnificent novel of human emotion, disoriented spirit, love, honor, passion, and sorrow. Baldwin, once again, took readers into that place where the senses are pushed into overdrive. His ability to paint the portraits of Rufus, Vivaldo, Ida, Richard, Cass, Eric, Ellis, and a half dozen or so others, in the most vivid of colors, is testimony to the brilliance of Baldwin and remains, in my opinion, virtually unmatched. Five stars is hardly enough. Highly recommended to anyone who w [...]

    15. Maya on said:

      "Nobody – no man and no woman – is precisely what they think they are. Love is where you find it. And you don’t know where it will carry you. And it's a terrifying thing. Love - it’s the only human possibility but it’s terrifying. […]If you can’t love anybody you are dangerous because you’ve no way of learning humility."Excerpt from an interview with James Baldwin. Source: Youtube Although this interview wasn’t specifically related to Another Country I felt what James Baldwin s [...]

    16. MJ Nicholls on said:

      200pp read. Fed up. Fed and up. Enough of this popular-classic pootling. I am planning a triumphant return to the brave and beautiful borders of the avant-garde. I will be raiding the archives of the following pioneers: Soft Skull, Dzanc Books, Green Integer, Coffee House Press, David R. Godine, NYRB, New Directions, FC2 and—all together now!—Dalkey Archive. I cordially invite you to leave the names of any daring experimental fiction presses that have escaped my attention in the comment box, [...]

    17. Sophie on said:

      []not unless you're willing to ask yourself how you'd have made it, if they dumped on you what they dumped on Rufus. And you can't ask yourself that question because there's no way in the world for you to know what Rufus went through, not in this world, not as long as you're white.Πρόκειται για ένα επικό Νεοϋορκέζικο μυθιστόρημα με υπεραφθονία θεμάτων (η αγάπη, η τιμή της αγάπης, η αυτοχειρία, οι φυ [...]

    18. Adam on said:

      Set in 1960s New York City bohemia, “Another Country” cuts into the white liberal psyche and reveals the destruction that benevolent racist actions cause to blacks. It also tells stories of how blacks cope with internalized racism, the desire to love whites, and the violence they find themselves committing against them. “Another Country” is an amazing title. It is a metaphor for the territory of other people that characters struggle to love. Traditional heterosexual, interracial, and hom [...]

    19. Giedre on said:

      I don't know if I will ever be able to manage a proper review for Baldwin's "Another Country". If "uncomfortable" could be used as a compliment, I would start my review exclaiming "What an uncomfortable book!""Giovanni's Room", my first book by Baldwin, had already introduced me to the complexity of his themes, and "Another Country" took this complexity to a whole new level. Color, sexual identity, fear, discrimination, violence that breeds even more violence, hatred, uncertainty, social pressur [...]

    20. Aubrey on said:

      Perhaps now, though, he had hit bottom. One thing about the bottom, he told himself, you can't fall any farther. He tried to take comfort from this thought. Yet there knocked in his heart the suspicion that the bottom did not really exist."I'd like to prove to her—one day," he said; and paused. He looked out of the window. "I'd like to make her know that the world's not as black as she thinks it is.""Or," she said, dryly, after a moment, "as white."Previous to Another Country, all my Baldwin w [...]

    21. Diana Simumpande on said:

      When James Baldwin turned up on his dear friend, Engin Cezzar’s, doorstep in the middle of a party exhausted, disillusioned and in poor health having bared the brunt of a tumultuous life, clutching a suitcase encased with a manuscript he’d been working for years, he’d been on the brink of suicide. The foundations of Another Country.First I’d like to express my deep regret and shock at my prolonged neglect of such an important author and also my absolute delight at having finally reconcil [...]

    22. Missy J on said:

      My second time reading James Baldwin after The Fire Next Time. This time it's a fictional story centered around the character Rufus, an African American homosexual saxophone player and his friends. Early on in the novel, we find out that Rufus (view spoiler)[committed suicide (hide spoiler)]. The rest of the book focuses on Rufus' friends' and sister's general relationship problems. The writing was surprisingly smooth and easy to read. There was a lot of dialog between the characters, so the siz [...]

    23. l. on said:

      Something about Baldwin's writing doesn't quite work for me and I wasn't sure what it was until I read this book; it's the centrality of male pain. Despite what Ida goes through, it's Rufus' death that is privileged, Rufus' hardship that shapes how Ida views her life, more than her own experiences. It's Rufus' death that is the crux of Baldwin's condemnation of America. The only character who dislikes Rufus for beating up his white southern girlfriend is Richard, the least sympathetic, least fle [...]

    24. Alex on said:

      On the short list of best books I've ever read. I gulped it down in 3 days staying with my great-aunt in France, and the emotional intensity literally would not let me put it down. I found it difficult to analyze it on a thematic level, because the immediacy of the prose grips you with the sharp phenomenology of reality. The book feels more "true" to me than almost any I have read, not necessarily because of what happens, but because of how truthfully and clearly the experience of life is render [...]

    25. Graham Latham on said:

      According to this writer, "[James:] Baldwin considered race America’s poison pill. And he deftly portrayed Americans of all colors struggling to concoct their own individual antidotes—solutions that are temporary at best and always crazy-making because, at root, the problem is structural not individual." Uh, yep.His books fuck me up pretty badly. Another Country had me reeling for weeks. I'm probably repeating years-old book reviews in saying so (and I'm sure the impact was much different, t [...]

    26. Sarah Weathersby on said:

      This novel really got inside my head, knowing that Baldwin was gay, probably misogynist, maybe off-putting. Still the writing is superb, I thought rather dense. One of those books that I have to visit again in another decade.

    27. Judy on said:

      This is the third novel I have read by James Baldwin. I know his voice now and it is a voice filled with pain, emotion, and a kind of realism about the sorrows of man and woman, black and white, gay and straight, art and commerce. That is a wide spectrum but he manages to encompass it all with great doses of truth and grace.Reading it last week while Black churches burned and gays were given Supreme Court sanction to marry across the land, it was hard to fathom how long it takes for a society to [...]

    28. Melody Mejeh on said:

      I loved this book. I'm an avid James Baldwin reader and this book is not without the piercing vulnerability and intense realism within conflict that Baldwin is so notably known for. It takes place in Manhattan in late sixties. Beneath the radical liberalness that defines the time, Baldwin populates his diverse characters–straight and gay, black and white, into a world of racial consciousness. The first fifth of the novel tells of the downfall of jazz drummer Rufus Scott, who is with too much s [...]

    29. Joanka on said:

      It’s a kind of a book that doesn’t promise much but then delivers more than you could hope for. I was shocked how up-to-date it is, in a very sad way, how the problems of racism, gender and sexuality haven’t changed that much since the 60s. It was really satisfying psychology-wise and heartbreaking for me as all these flawed characters that you may get angry at more often than not also somehow find a way to your heart. The author doesn’t excuse anything and I was again surprised how for [...]

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