Blues for Mister Charlie

Blues for Mister Charlie

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by James Baldwin
     
 

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In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence—which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till—James Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race. For where once a white storekeeper could have shot a "boy" like Richard

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In a small Southern town, a white man murders a black man, then throws his body in the weeds. With this act of violence—which is loosely based on the notorious 1955 killing of Emmett Till—James Baldwin launches an unsparing and at times agonizing probe of the wounds of race. For where once a white storekeeper could have shot a "boy" like Richard Henry with impunity, times have changed. And centuries of brutality and fear, patronage and contempt, are about to erupt in a moment of truth as devastating as a shotgun blast.

In his award-winning play, Baldwin turns a murder and its aftermath into an inquest in which even the most well-intentioned whites are implicated—and in which even a killer receives his share of compassion.

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"A play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes, a roar of protest in its throat." —The New York Times

"Explosive, eloquent, honest.... To read it is devastating." —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679761785
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Vintage International Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
582,503
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.37(d)

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From the Publisher
"A play with fires of fury in its belly, tears of anguish in its eyes, a roar of protest in its throat." —The New York Times

"Explosive, eloquent, honest.... To read it is devastating." —San Francisco Chronicle

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Blues for Mister Charlie 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This play is soo.. good. As an actress it has taught me a lot and also reminded me to not forget about the past. This play was captivating and had great scenes it all felt so very real when performed up on the stage or in the class room.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a play so captivating, and believe me I have read a lot. I knew Baldwin was a genius, but he takes intelligence and literature to a whole new level. EVERYONE should read this, because it teaches a lot about life.