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Publisher's Summary

In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s.
His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow. It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.
©1956 Langston Hughes (P)2011 Random House
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By Marva on 08-10-14

The Writer

Would you consider the audio edition of I Wonder as I Wander to be better than the print version?

Cannot say, didn't read the print version. But, I can say that the Narrator was the book most enjoyable to listen to. His voice never wavered and, though I've read several books, his narrating, by far, was excellent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Wonder as I Wander?

The incredible journey throughout Russia and beyond.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were several scenes that were moving - i.e., leaving home for Florida and Haiti, traveling abroad, returning to Mexico, home and returning, once again, across the water to Paris - all were moving. Though he had little money, he had fun and met so many wonderful and gracious people along the way. The last chapter made an excellent notation: Mr. Hugest stated he wanted to be a professional writer, travel, meet people and view main events. I felt like I witnessed and viewed them with him.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think it was the timeline. My mother often shared stories of the 30s; and hearing this fabulous book, made me feel like I was living it with the author.

Any additional comments?

I had heard of Mr. Langston Hughes and his fabulous poetry; this book, however, was beyond anything I'd ever thought or read. It should be a must read for all.
Great, GrEaT BOOK!!

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By ladytbear64 on 02-04-15

Love this book!

I felt like I was in the places written about by Mr. Langston Hughes. It should be required reading in school. Being in my 50's and being a product of a Southern education, I was deprived of the vast amount of African American literature available. Thank God for historically black colleges like Southern University. That is where I first became aware of people like Langston Hughes, Weldon Johnson and many others.

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By Rudy Lorentz on 11-24-17

Historical wandering

Langston Hughes so clearly paints a picture of the places he travels to and the people he meets. An important documentation of black histories pre WWII

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By Kat on 04-11-16

Definitely worth listening to ....

Langston Hughes lived an eventful life. This part of his life story is as if it more interesting than the first (Big Sea).

I believe I am not hooked 😊

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