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The Big Sea

An Autobiography
Lu par : Dominic Hoffman
Durée : 10 h et 38 min
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Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the decade - Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet - at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."

Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best - simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."

©1940 Langston Hughes (P)2011 Random House Audio

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  • Ida Earl
  • 08/07/2016

The Big Sea

I totally enjoyed this book. It was like reminiscing about old friends from long ago. It is a must listen.

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  • Amanda Bid
  • 16/11/2018

Surprisingly Adventurous

I would recommend this book to all types of readers. It is much more than a first account of history. I truly enjoied listening to every minute of it. The narration was also well done.

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  • Lemart
  • 13/03/2020

Great Book

I had this book in my wish list for a while and just got around to reading it. I really found out quite a bit about the author. I didn't know he had such an adventurous life, Some intentional and some not. I also have a much better understanding of the Harlem Renaissance and who a lot of the artists were during that period. Whenever that period comes up, you only typically hear of only a handful of artists. Reading the book gave me a few more things to pick out to read. Sometimes literature can be timeless because some things about society have not changed much. The way he describes interactions between the races can almost be present day. I noted the exact same thing about Ralph Ellison and James Baldwin. I understand more about what inspired him to write what he did write. And it makes me want to read even more of Mr. Hughes' work.

The only thing that through me off was the recording. The narrator was great. I felt he was able to capture a lot of the experiences and emotion. It just sounded like they put him in a closet with a slight echo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01/12/2018

loved this book!

overall I really enjoyed the diction of the audible reader. this story has a surprising amount of relatability to the struggles and plight of people of color today.

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  • Norma
  • 15/01/2014

Mixed Review

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.

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  • lpeters
  • 09/04/2019

Great Life! Great Writer!

If you are interested in biographies and/or writers from the Harlem Rennaissance, this is your audible. Lanston Hughes is a poet, writer, and story-teller. He tells the reader about the start of his life and how he began his writing. Great story, written by him.