Breakout: A Search for Being

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Breakout is a seminal work in African-American literature that further exposes the imposed separation between so-called "black" and "white" cultures, recounting the buried thoughts and feelings of two African-American men who came of age in predominantly white academic environments. Leaving categories behind, Wright and his companion have a personal conversation dealing with the universal aspects of a misshapen culture, including materialism, racism, and the denial of true individualism, while expressing the ...
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Breakout is a seminal work in African-American literature that further exposes the imposed separation between so-called "black" and "white" cultures, recounting the buried thoughts and feelings of two African-American men who came of age in predominantly white academic environments. Leaving categories behind, Wright and his companion have a personal conversation dealing with the universal aspects of a misshapen culture, including materialism, racism, and the denial of true individualism, while expressing the complexities of being black in America and negotiating educational opportunity, taboos, questions of "selling out," and definitions of success. An everyman's autobiographical novel with a twist, Breakout leaves the reader knowing that asking the avoided questions and being true to one's self is the pivotal beginning of any quest for knowledge, as individuals and as a nation of amalgamated identities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975338858
  • Publisher: Fine Tooth Press L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2004

    A Forthright, To The Point Look At Race Relations In America

    The author has written a hard hitting, thought provoking expose' based on his life experience and that of a personal friend. Being black males, their experiences have included dealing with racism, stereotypes and the general hostilities that black Americans have faced as a matter of course in too many corners of our society. And rather than sugar coat the impact that their experiences have had on their lives the author goes right to the point! He effectively tells their stories going back to their childhood, going through the education process, and growing into adulthood in a direct, strong, and often graphic fashion. You will be able to walk in his shoes as he describes his experiences, and at the very least be challenged to examine your own attitudes and behaviors regarding race and the black male in America. A real eye opener!

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