MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND CLAUDE BROWN PDF

Start your review of Manchild in the Promised Land Write a review Shelves: biography-autobiography , classics , have , lit-african-american , afro-american-connections , americana I started going to night school Most of the cats who were out there on the corners dealing stuff now were the newcomers. Most of the cats I came up with were in jail or dead or strung out on drugs. Id been out on street life long before these cats ever knew how to role a reefer. I could do what I wanted and not worry about anybody naming me lame. Id been through the street life thing. At seventeen, I was ready to retire from it.

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Start your review of Manchild in the Promised Land Write a review Shelves: biography-autobiography , classics , have , lit-african-american , afro-american-connections , americana I started going to night school Most of the cats who were out there on the corners dealing stuff now were the newcomers. Most of the cats I came up with were in jail or dead or strung out on drugs. Id been out on street life long before these cats ever knew how to role a reefer. I could do what I wanted and not worry about anybody naming me lame.

Id been through the street life thing. At seventeen, I was ready to retire from it. Id already had ten or eleven years at it. Claude Brown. Born in I started going to night school… Most of the cats who were out there on the corners dealing stuff now were the newcomers.

I could do what I wanted … and not worry about anybody naming me lame. Born in The names of all the characters? Probably not true, maybe some are.

The names and tales of his family? Who knows? The general experiences he had? Sure, probably the way it was. Specific things he did? Maybe some made up. Was he really in those reform schools at those young ages? I guess he was. The first sections of the book find Sonny at a very young age.

Before he was even ten he was on the streets, stealing, fighting, sometimes out all night. His dad would beat him if provoked enough, his mother fretted and worried but could do nothing with him.

In this part of the book Claude Brown is not likable at all. I just sort of shuddered every once in a while. Later in the book, reflecting back on his youth in the forties, Claude says this. Throughout my childhood in Harlem, nothing was more strongly impressed upon me than the fact that you had to fight and that you should fight. As I saw it in my childhood, most of the cats I swung with were more afraid of not fighting than they were of fighting. So at the age of eleven he spends his first time in the Wiltwyck School for Boys which does exist, in Esopus New York , where he makes new friends who then reenter his life back on the streets.

As a young teen Sonny goes back and forth between Wiltwyck more than once. But Sonny tells us that as he began to approach the age of eighteen, getting in trouble became something that he became more fearful of.

The book takes us up to around , Claude in his early twenties. They never rope Sonny into their movement, but he sees the good it does.

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Manchild in the Promised Land. These are all issues of public concern, and this fact has been reflected in the way the book has been praised and criticized. In view of all this, it may be well to begin with a few simple and personal words about the experience of reading it. I found the early pages interesting and sometimes delightful. Before I reached the middle I was rather bored—or not bored exactly, for the book was still interesting, but unsatisfied, annoyed, detained. Toward the end I felt that I was being conned.

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Manchild in the Promised Land, by Claude Brown

The book explains that in the early 20th century, New York was thought to be the promised land for African Americans, but life in Harlem was more challenging than migrants expected. Brown had one younger brother and two sisters. These harsh realities of life in s Harlem shaped his childhood. Hoping that a year away from Harlem would benefit him, his parents sent him to live with his grandparents in South Carolina. However, this just made Brown crave the violence of the streets.

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