Manchild in the Promised Land is indeed one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood. In the person of Sonny, the book’s narrator, Claude Brown tells his own story of Claude Brown’s classic autobiography Manchild in the Promised Land is a. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown – With more than two million copies in print, Manchild in the Promised Land is one of the most remarkable.

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It is a shocking portrayal of Harlem that leaves its mark because it all happened. It was cold that winter, and I usually went to school claide be warm. There was much justification for these prophecies. There had to be a chair in that spot.

So for a crowd that enjoys the written word, the fact is that this author is not as polished of a writer or at least had a shitty editor. I reread it while in service much slower and it was extremely influential in starting a lifelong habit of reading non-fiction as well as a good novel. Perhaps the only thing that saved him was when he first ‘snorted’ heroin.

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Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown

It was a previously unimaginable level of depravity. Along with “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” this is without a browh the most compelling book I’ve read.


Then we see his gradual entry into bigger and bigger crimes. He wrote the book Manchild in the Promised Land. She asked me if I wanted a boiled egg. I thought about how nice it was going to be away from Dad.

This started a buy black movement. These talks were very moving. I asked him if he wanted me to thank him. See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices.

Claude Brown: Telling The Harlem Story

I suppose the tradition had ghe perpetuated when the folks moved to the North and took the image of Massa Charlie and put it into Goldberg.

Specific things he did? Some of those I had bullied in the nutbox would try to turn the tables later promiwed in life. Rogers, passed a china bowl down each row. Author Claude Brown experienced it and described it in his acclaimed book, “Manchild in the Promised Land”. All of us except Dad. Oct 23, Suave Marve rated it it was amazing. It sounded like lots of fun to me.

There is clearly a lot of selective memory happening in these retellings, which is forgivable given that he is not really a character in this tale even though its HIS autobiography. After I told her that Warwick and where I was going were one and the same, Mama began to cry, and so did I.

It just stopped me from telling him about it. Whenever I heard a strange voice, I usually made a detour. We stole papers from newsstands and sold them on the subway trains until nearly 1 A.

Manchild In The Promised Land

None of us had stayed around to see him hit the ground, but I just knew that he died in a pool of blood too. She said Grandpa circled around that old jackleg preacher and started shooting over his head with a shotgun and made the preacher run smack into a bear trap that he had set for whoever was stealing his liquor. Loved being able to get a glimpse inside of this world. This is a real book.


My first thought was that she was a witch or a hag, whatever that was.

It begins just prior to his entering street life. I clauxe up to the park, but there was no one there. When I stole things, it was only to save the family money and avoid arguments or scoldings whenever I asked for money. The whole place smelled of smoke and was as dirty as a Harlem gutter on a rainy day.

It’s a coming-of-age story that explores the cultural, economic and religious conditions of that time and place. Everybody was stealing from everybody else.

Apr 07, Mister Jones rated it really liked it Recommends it for: And before that, I had been ordered out of the state for at least one year. May 02, Brent rated it it was amazing.