Another Country by James Baldwin

By James Baldwin

Set in Greenwich Village, Harlem, and France, between different locales, one other kingdom is a unique of passions--sexual, racial, political, artistic--that is gorgeous for its emotional depth and haunting sensuality, depicting women and men, blacks and whites, stripped in their mask of gender and race by means of love and hatred on the such a lot elemental and elegant. In a small set of acquaintances, Baldwin imbues the easiest and worst intentions of liberal the United States within the early Nineteen Seventies.

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He ain't mean," said Slim. " "'Course he ain't, and he'll do any damn thing I-" Lennie came in through the door. He wore his blue denim coat over his shoulders like a cape, and he walked hunched way over. "Hi, Lennie," said George. " He went directly to his bunk and lay down and turned his face to the wall and drew up his knees. George put down his cards very deliberately. "Lennie," he said sharply. Lennie twisted his neck and looked over his shoulder. "Huh? " "What pup, George? " George went quickly to him, grabbed him by the shoulder and rolled him over.

Vaseline? " George studied the cards absorbedly. "That’s a dirty thing to tell around," he said. The old man was reassured. He had drawn a derogatory statement from George. He felt safe now, and be spoke more confidently. " George cut the cards again and put out a solitaire lay, slowly and deliberately. " he asked casually. "Yeah. Purty . . but-" George studied his cards. " "Yeah? Married two weeks and got the eye? " "I seen her give Slim the eye. Slim's a jerkline skinner. Hell of a nice fella.

He leaned over the table and snapped the corner of a loose card. " His tone was friendly. It invited confidence without demanding it. "Sure," said George. " He indicated Lennie with his thumb. "He ain't bright. Hell of a good worker, though. Hell of a nice fella, but he ain't bright. " Slim looked through George and beyond him. "Ain't many guys travel around together," he mused. "I don't know why. " "It's a lot nicer to go around with a guy you know," said George. A powerful, big-stomached man came into the bunk house.

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