Manchild in the Promised Land is indeed one of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood. In the person of Sonny, the book’s narrator, Claude Brown tells his own story of Claude Brown’s classic autobiography Manchild in the Promised Land is a. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown – With more than two million copies in print, Manchild in the Promised Land is one of the most remarkable.

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Danny, Butch, and Kid were ten years old, four years older than I. I said I wanted to go right away, because I had just heard about all those watermelon patches down South. The smartest thing about them was that you never had lannd explain anything to them for them to know promiised. The procedure was that a policeman would take me to the Center in the borough where he had picked me up.

Every time Mama came down on that shabby floor, the bullet lodged in my stomach felt like a hot un. I talked to whiskey bottles all the time.

Manchild In The Promised Land

Oct 23, Suave Marve rated it mancyild was amazing. Nobody understood except him and the Lord, but that was enough understanding for him. It was a previously unimaginable level of depravity. Rogers about what had happened in court, Mrs. The pull of the book is that almost all of the little stories Brown tells, from participating in a stick-up thhe watching the rise of the Black Muslims, are simply amazing on their own terms, and are relayed with such clear-eyed intensity that you can’t help but be carried along by it all.


He was fornicating before puberty, smoking reefers, and ready for heroin at thirteen. The next thing I knew, a nurse was waking me up for breakfast. After hearing my plight, he would go out and round up some of the gang, and they would steal some clothes and shoes for me. The girls were all anxious to know where I had gotten shot.

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This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for the first generation of African Americans raised in the Northern ghettos of the s and manfhild.

But I knew she did and that she would be waiting for me to come back. Before the cops came, he asked me if I was going to tell them that he was with me. Papa enrolled me in a public school on Forsythe and Stanton Streets. To Brown it seemed to transform what was already an impoverished ghetto into a permanent wasteland. Jan 28, Suzy rated it it was amazing.

My friends were all daring like me, tough like me, dirty like me, ragged like me, cursed like me, and prommised a great love for trouble like me.


They were probably on the hill or downtown stealing.

I asked him if he wanted me to thank him. There had to be a chair in that spot.

Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown

Hell, he doesn’t even consider it a crime at all — the anecdote is discarded fairly quickly as an “and that was the first time I had sex with a white woman” token.

When the kids got wise to this, one of them would start looking for the other exit as soon as she entered the bar. This is probably my favorite book. Bob, the number man, would come by and signal up to the window to let her know what each figure was as it came out.

Looking back, I think the cops took their own threats more seriously than we did. They thought that I was one of the guys who had pulled a train on their sister ib the park the summer before.

We knew that we were the only kids in the neighborhood who usually had more than ten dollars in their pockets. By cpaude time Mrs. Two weeks after they showed, I went home. He was not the pure soul stuck in a pit of hellishness who fought the evil he saw-more the completely irredeemable liar, fighter, thief who was “.