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At the height of his theatrical career, the actor Leo Proudhammer is nearly felled by a heart attack. As he hovers between life and death, Baldwin shows the choices that have made him enviably famous and terrifyingly vulnerable. For between Leo's childhood on the streets of Harlem and his arrival into the intoxicating world of the theater lies a wilderness of desire and loss, shame and rage.
An adored older brother vanishes into prison. There are love affairs with a white woman and a younger black man, each of whom will make irresistible claims on Leo's loyalty. And everywhere there is the anguish of being black in a society that at times seems poised on the brink of total racial war.
Overpowering in its vitality, extravagant in the intensity of its feeling, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone is a major work of American literature.
©1968 James Baldwin (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"[Narrator Kevin] Kenerly's control of accent and dialect is masterful. There are sections that could come across as rants that he turns into passages of moving emotional development." (AudioFile)
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By Eric Coker on 01-05-16

A masterpiece!!! A naked truth.

I was hooked from the first chapter.... Only a bold artist could expose such a naked truth.... I'm in tears on how real and timeless this book is.... This book has made it into my top 10 books....

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By Charleton Smith on 02-16-17

What a story

This was a incredible journey to listen to. The details were incredible. Looking forward to hearing more of Mr. James Baldwin stories.

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