In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent s. In I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey, Langston Hughes recounts his travels during the ‘s through the United States, Mexico, and Cuba. Essays and criticism on Langston Hughes’ I Wonder as I Wander – Critical Essays .

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And that attitude pervades these pages. At this distance, it’s easy to forget what an influence sometimes for the wnoder Ernest Hemingway was at the time of writing. Not Without Laughter Penguin Classics. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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I Wonder as I Wander

I Wonder as I Wander: Wandwr think the interesting piece is about Langston Hughes’s observations comparing life in the countries he is living for the underclass, how people of color are treated and how blacks are treated in the US. Hughes vividly ca In the second qonder his two autobiographies, the richly talented Langston Hughes recounts his remarkable travels during the s.

I chose this because I wanted to traverse black history month by following the wanderings of one of the most important voices in black literature.

Do you need to read Hughes’ langsgon autobiography, The Big Sea, to appreciate this second volume? Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

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Where Jim Crow laws are alive and well. I tried to tell [him] that one can drink champagne and talk about Proust or Gide in New York. The surprise appearance, out of nowhere, of a young, pre-fame Arthur Koestler provides an interesting moment to reflect about justice, now and then. This freedom creates a lot of spontaneity, adventure and resilience. His memoir was at times very interesting but often it was a listing of people he met and some of his adventures are endlessly long.


Despite all the hardships he encounters, I envy him his male privilege — being able to travel so freely without constantly fearing for his physical safety.

But friendship and luck are on his side. However, I think of the poet’s storytelling as Hemingway Improved — all of langsto clarity with none of the mannerisms, as well as a happy lack of macho posturing and misogyny.

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book. After all, can one truly learn black history without listening to the experience of the ones directly affected? It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting awnder he loves.

The poverty was intense. Apr 07, Bob rated it it was amazing. He had just traveled through the Jim Crow south, where an lajgston died just before he reached a town because she had been refused care at a white hospital after an auto accident. Nov hughed, Cat. It was a fascinating time in the US and his books gives the history some interesting spice. He rented a room with a then-unknown Cartier-Bresson in Mexico City, and ran into a getting-started Arthur Koestler in the farthest outback of Central Asia.


It seems he is always among friends, new and old and Though Langston Hughes is best known for his Harlem Renaissance poetry and fiction, this memoir of his travels in Asia, Mexico and Spain deserves just as much recognition.

If you lzngston never read anything by this very gifted writer and humanitarian, I can’t recommend this book enough.

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

I was reminded of just how wide and full that spirit can be. I read this book as a restless twenty something, with a lifelong case of wanderlust. This ends my February journey with Langston Hughes: Koestler and Grasdani both had told me that the jails of Tashkent were full of political prisoners.

Our Canary Islands Adventure. At the beginning, back from Europe see the earlier The Big Sea he finds himself rejected by his long time elderly white sponsor, and heading west to San Francisco where he benefits from the friendship of another sponsor.

Looking for More Great Reads? It is literature at its best. A friend and mentor suggests that he could get paid to read his poems wlnder black colleges and churches across the deep South.