Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

This novel explores the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans, both as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy and as a source of inspiration and community. It also, more broadly, examines the role of the Pentecostal Church in the African American experience. The narrative focuses on a fourteen-year-old boy's struggle to discover his identity amidst a family filled with secrets and a life marked by a religious community's strict moral code.

The 246th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1204

Since this book was first published in 1953, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 1204.0.

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