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Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone (Mass Market Paperback)

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It’s hard for me to explain why I love this novel so much because it feels so personal. There isn’t a reason it should be – this story is about a specific time and place and I am not a black man from Harlem trying to become an actor in the 1940s. But I am always drawn back for more Baldwin because his writing is so extraordinary that I somehow feel like he is telling my own story. There’s a paragraph that’s been repeating in my mind like a song that gets stuck in your head. I don’t think a book has gotten so under my skin like this one, at least not in a very long time. It’s like a great Russian novel in that it tackles all the heavy-hitting subjects – religion, violence, sex, race, injustice, love – except, of course, it is uniquely American.

— Consuelo



Product Details
ISBN: 9780440385813
Publisher: Laurel Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 1986
Pages: 384