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I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey by Langston Hughes

He was treated like any other person and he liked that. If you are me, you are already in bed when reading. They travel freely and enjoy theater, music, and other cultural experiences without limits, as they cannot do in the US.

Nov 07, Cat. His experiences in the former Soviet Union were the most illuminating for me.

Staying with Central Asia for a moment, I really had to stop and think about all the changes that came about in the 50 years between his visit and mine. K Wonxer, but they are both so fantastic, I envy you getting to read them both for the first time! Tomorrow I’ll sit at the table When company comes.

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The Short Stories of Langston Hughes. Letters from Vladivostock, You’ve successfully reported this review. Bit that speck out and eat that apple, son. Hughes runs into Koestler, whom he does not know, in former Soviet Central Asia, and for a time they travel together. Amazing, often amusing, beautifully written of course account of Hughes’ odysseys.

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

Fascinating also to get insights into the daily lives of these people While Hughes seems to enjoy solitude and quiet, he also an Beautiful memoir by a poetic genius, of what it was like to hghes a black man, building a writing career and traveling the world in the era of the Great American Depression, Stalin’s Russia, the Spanish Civil War. He noted the similarities and differences in how he was treated in the various countries he visited.


The New Yorker Magazine. It’s no surprise that Franco won, really.

In wandeer to a long and often surprisingly comic visit to Stalinist Soviet Union, and a less comic visit to the Jim Crow south, Hughes seems to have spent a little bit of time everywhere, met a load of interesting people, collected telling anecdotes and observations, and gave the impression of having a high old time at every moment.

He goes to Central Asia where women are being liberated, children schooled, doctors stationed.

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In I Wonder as Hughrs WanderLangston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent s. Hughes notes the shortcomings and even the crimes of the new regime, yet his experience as a Negro in Jim Crow America gives him a more immediate appreciation for the praiseworthy aspects of alngston new ideology: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

But friendship and luck are on his side. As biographer Arnold Rampersad observes in his introduction, Hughes stresses his simplicity as a writer and a man; his “basic approach But he was writing the book just as the McCarthy hearings were climaxing zs ending, so one has to read this as the book of someone who had testified but not defied McCarthy; Hughes was criticized for being almost cooperative.

Jun 07, Patricia rated it really langstn it. I had no idea what to expect. Maestros and Their Music. Rampersad notes that Hughes is “by no means completely candid or detailed about his politics He, the manager, who was also a lawyer, would be glad to introduce us to his friends with whom, he was sure, we would have much more in common.


Besides, They’ll see How beautiful I am And hughee ashamed.

Hughes enjoyed his status as a well-known writer wherever he was but he was well aware that his treatment would be different in the US and for different parts of the US. Our Canary Islands Adventure. This freedom creates a lot of spontaneity, adventure and resilience.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. He describes his life as he lives and travels in the Jim Crow south, to Wonderful. Koestler and Grasdani both had told me that the jails of Tashkent were full of political prisoners. Those Who Walk in Darkness.

However, I think of the poet’s storytelling as Hemingway Improved — all of the clarity with none of the mannerisms, as well as a happy lack of macho posturing and misogyny.

The Return of Simple. Suddenly free from immediate financial worry, Hughes then decides to travel llangston write about places like Cuba, Lzngston, Mexico, The U.

In some places there seemed to be very little discrimination based on skin color, but in others, Jim Crowe types of written and unwritten rules were solidly in place. Nov 04, Rowena rated it it was amazing Shelves: