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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Would you like us to take another look at this review? Do you need to read Hughes’ previous autobiography, The Big Sea, to appreciate this second volume?

Sometimes he basks in the hospitality of wealthy friends, mostly he is barely able to pay for a hotel room and food. Hughes was lu Communist? The tour was wildly successful in terms of generating both income and more importantly, publ This is actually a follow up to the author’s first volume of autobiographical writings entitled “The O Sea” which I now want to read as well. Suddenly free from immediate financial worry, Hughes then decides to travel and write about places like Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, The U.

As biographer Arnold Rampersad observes in his introduction, Hughes stresses his simplicity as a writer and a man; his “basic approach Probably one of my most favorite books. Heart breaking story of the America so many of us do not see.

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

To summarize, a surprisingly fun and uplifting book which also can engage the old coconut on serious issues, should you be so inclined. This is a compelling story that begins with his struggles with the racism of the south in the ‘s, coupled with a travelogue of his episodes as a journalist traveling around the world at a time when there were many interesting and poignant moments in history occurring; the Japanese invasion of China when he is in Shanghaithe Spanish civil war which he reports on as a journalist bughes, and the earl I fell in love with Langston Hughes reading this book and have been obsessed with his life since.


After all, can one truly learn black history without listening to the experience of the ones directly affected?

Over the Big Water. Instead of focusing on military maneuvers guaranteed to make my eyes glaze overhe focused on civilian life in besieged Madrid. This book is his travelogue of those years.

This book is a fascinating historical document, firsthand testimony from one of our most humane literary voices. 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. News of eander World. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes It was a fascinating time in the Wwander and his books gives the history some interesting spice.

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There even rare days where he doesn’t even have enough to eat. The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always thought-provoking. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book.

Every Tongue Got to Confess. The Uzbekistan section, at times a bit tedious, in retrospect is the emotional heart of the book—the part in which Hughes comes face to face with the best that Communism has to offer as well as its ultimate limitations.

It is the continuously amusing, wise revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves. The Story of a Decade. He stays in private homes. His observational skills are immense. He also visits Spain as a corespondent during their civil war, again always hungry but never destitute. Those years forcibly brought a very ‘backward’ area of the world up to the 20th century in a very quick manner.


A important job of a poet should be to speak plainly. He, the manager, who was also a lawyer, would be glad to introduce us to his friends with whom, he was sure, we would have much more in common.

So They Call You Pisher! Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. However, he firmly states his belief that no country should hold colonies, and as Japan is colonizing China, he is considered an enemy of the state and asked to leave. Now that the poetry wohder Langston Hughes is being weaponized as a small part of the current unpleasantness in the United States, it is interesting to look back on the poet’s experience.

It is not floral, or filled langstob prose, but it is funny, and straightforward.

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I’d never heard of it or considered reading it until I found it on the “new arrivals” shelf in the audio book section of the library. Hughes saw the world at a unique point in human history—with Communism at its most promising, Fascism on the rise, Imperialism reaching its tentacles everywhere, and Jim Crow clicking along apparently unimpeded.

A Writer of Our Time. One particularly vivid, more personal account comes with the chapter lanfston For The Dead’, in which Hughes describes a long evening – during which he was suddenly concentrating on writing a story about his estranged status with his father, whom he rarely dander about.

If you like really good autobiographies then this is u up your alley and if you are interested in the soviet union and how black people were treated there as well as other places around the world this is also up your alley.

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