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“Nine years after W.E.B. Du Bois first articulated the existence of "the color line," James Weldon Johnson wrote this studied novel about living on and crossing it. If you want to know anything about the way that race has functioned in the US, read this book.”see full review » see other reviews »
“One of the most interesting books I have read – it is the first autobiography of a black American, back in the 1920’s. Although fictionalized, this is the life and beliefs of a brilliant black man with white skin written with common sense and a well thought-out premise. A fictional account from an autobiographical standpoint of what such a life would look like. His mother tried to pass him as white the first several years of his life and he had no knowledge of being in any way different from his white friends. This gave him the advantage of seeing and understanding both sides of the race issue. I would recommend. ”Starlet wrote this review Sunday, April 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book really blew me away. For being relatively short, it packs one of the hardest-hitting punches of any book I've ever read. It's not that it's depressing. It's just that the book is...... deep.
There's no other way to put it. It brings you deep into the core essence of the "race question," and, while it doesn't necessarily give you any answers, it raises even more questions than one has likely ever thought up.
Truly remarkable work.”
“Whew! This was an audio...Let me just say. James had a real story to tell. We all do, but you have to get it and listen for yourself.”BeBe wrote this review Monday, January 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After discussing this book in class, I enjoyed it more. While reading it, however, I found it somewhat dry. It has some underlying messages that are covered through the topic of "passing." I will let other readers discover that on their own, though.”Amy G wrote this review Friday, December 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Reveals the issues of the Color Line and what its like to struggle with an identity - especially when its mixed with the color of your skin”Jenna's List wrote this review Tuesday, October 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“droid on kindle, learned a lot about how people from different races view their own people. Thought the story was going to be more on how he lived as white vs his struggles as a young black man. I was very glad that he found love and had a family of his. Own.”karybp wrote this review Wednesday, January 19, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This remarkable novel documents the life of an American of mixed ethnicity who moves freely in society — from the rural South to the urban North and eventually, Europe. A revolutionary work which not only probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white" but also examines the American caste and class system.”Enigmatic wrote this review Saturday, October 2, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read this book!”Ian G wrote this review Saturday, July 10, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The book seemed a bit slow at times and made me want to put it down but I got through it after a while. The "autobiography" told a story about a young black man who was a mulatto and because of his skin tone was able to pass for white. I thought it was pretty interesting to read that he felt embarrassed about his race, but still told the woman he loved, who was white, that he was a black man. I personally think that only thing that saved that relationship was the fact that he didn't openly admit that he was a black man. Pretty weird story coming for an African-American author. Would I recommend it? Yes, but I can't necessarily promise that someone would enjoy or dislike it. I think it's a matter of opinion, tastes in genre, plans to read the book, philosophical and psychological interpretations and thoughts. ”Courtney L wrote this review Sunday, June 13, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No