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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The story picks up near the start of the Great Depression with the author casting about for ways to continue to earn a living by writing. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore most dangerous.

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Beautiful memoir by a poetic genius, of what it was like to be 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’s really operating on the space time continuum, traveling and living. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. I “In the last few years I had been all around the embattled world and I had seen people walking tightropes everywhere–the tightrope of color in Alabama, the tightrope of transition in the Soviet Union, the tightrope of repression in Japan, the tightrope of the fear of war in France–and of war itself in China and in Spain–and myself everywhere on my tightrope of words.

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There is a wqnder bit about traveling in the South reciting poetry to black audiences, bringing them face-to-face with the possibility of change. Ghost of a Chance. In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent s. Add all three k Cart Add all three to List. I suspect the last 15 has perhaps meant quite a lot of backward movement, but the descriptions of the people, the mores, the practical problems of the area struck home.


I wanted to feel history traverse my veins and seep through my body so that I was not only reminded of progression, but also reminded of the sacrifice and toil. He can jump off a train in hyghes middle of a desert, miles from the nearest people or town, and talk to fishermen, soldiers, peasants without fear of being mistaken for some kind of easy sexual opportunity.

Staying with Central Asia for a moment, I really had to stop and think about all the woonder that came about in the 50 years between his visit and mine.

It did make me want to search out his poetry and to regret that this country was so backward as to try to stifle such a brilliant talent. The Return of Simple. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Refresh and try again. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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So, when the book club chose a memoir by a poet, I cringed and prepared myself for some fancy writin’, which only goes to show how wrong a person OK, I can be. They spent weeks investigating the effect of Soviet rule on the feudal society together.

Koestler and Grasdani both had told me that the jails of Tashkent were full of political prisoners. He goes to Mexico to settle the estate of his dead father, to Cuba and Haiti for the experience, through the south on a reading tour of universities, to Moscow lwngston a doomed motion picture project, to central Asia as awnder journalist, across China on his way home, to Japan where he is hugnes under political suspicion, and lastly to Spain to cover the Civil War.


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

Hughes travels to the far eastern portions of the USSR and emphasizes the racial improvements that have occurred. Lists with This Book. I wonder just how far we have come! This ends my February journey with Langston Hughes: My favorite part was the section on his travels in Russia where he, along with a group unknowns from Harlem with absolutely no acting or movie experience, is recruited as a script doctor for a Russian film about the exploitation of blacks in America a job he could never get in Hollywood because there were no black writers at the time.

This freedom creates a lot of spontaneity, adventure and resilience. Feb 07, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: See 1 question about I Wonder as I Wander…. This is not a quick read, but it’s a rewarding one. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. View all 6 comments. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He was Probably one of my most favorite books.

Hughes seemed to be okay with that, and I think the fact of his own race made him more sensitive to the issue than his white friend could ever be. He kept marveling at how, when he was there, the native people of Central Asia no longer had their version of the Jim Crow laws to deal with. Stay in Touch Sign up.