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Would you listen to The Big Sea again? Why?
Yes, I bought the book and I plan to listen along so I can mark in the margins things I want to learn more about.
What did you like best about this story?
Learning a whole segment of history no one ever shared before.
How could the performance have been better?
Oh the performance was awful. The narrator was stiff and wooden. Mispronounced important words, and put the emphasis on the wrong parts of many sentences.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
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What did you like most about The Big Sea?
Hughes' seemingly honest and vivid portrayal of his life is a must read. The way that the book centres on travel is a very interesting thread to follow, and an important example of a black man's experiences at the time
What disappointed you about The Big Sea?
An interesting live, told in a slow boring way. If you wanted to know what Harlem in the 20s was like then this tells you nothing. Alot of name dropping and moving from place to place. There's no plot, no characters, no description of Paris and Harlem in the 20s. One of his reviewers wrote: "Langston Hughes displays his unusual ability to say nothing in many words". I enjoyed a bit about working in Paris but that was 1h out of 10
Would you ever listen to anything by Langston Hughes and Arnold Rampersad again?
Which character – as performed by Dominic Hoffman – was your favourite?
Jocko the monkey was the most animated character. There were no characters
What character would you cut from The Big Sea?
Any additional comments?
To sum it up. You get no insight into the poet. It is not poetically written. It is just a list of places and menial jobs he did, people he met and occasionally poems he wrote.