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Author: Kevin Baker
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Played out against the backdrop of Harlem in 1943, this generally engaging, sometimes dense third novel from [the author] (following the bestselling Dreamland and Paradise Alley) reimagines the early days of Malcolm Little-the man who became Malcolm X. As depicted by [the author,] the young Malcolm is quick-witted, eager, reckless and impulsive, but also sensitive and possessing a strong sense of justice. These  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Named Person: Malcolm X; Malcolm X
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Baker
OCLC Number: 105475413
Notes: Originally published: New York : HarperCollins, ©2006. 1st ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Kevin Baker.

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Played out against the backdrop of Harlem in 1943, this generally engaging, sometimes dense third novel from [the author] (following the bestselling Dreamland and Paradise Alley) reimagines the early days of Malcolm Little-the man who became Malcolm X. As depicted by [the author,] the young Malcolm is quick-witted, eager, reckless and impulsive, but also sensitive and possessing a strong sense of justice. These qualities lead to a chance encounter in which he helps Jonah Dove (the Dove family is familiar from Paradise Alley), a young Harlem minister who is struggling with his own demons as the fair-skinned leader of a black church that has not truly embraced him, despite his being the only son of the church's much-beloved founder; Dove's unfolding story (including his struggles with passing) deepens Malcolm's. The book stays within what's already known about Malcolm X's early adulthood, but [the author] covers the territory carefully. He also thoroughly captures the figures (Adam Clayton Powell Jr., West Indian Archie, the Collyer brothers, etc.) and micropolitical climate of wartime Harlem: munitions factories have brought jobs to the struggling community, but low wages, rationing, racial hostilities and an increasing military and police presence makes for possibly explosive combinations.-Publishers Weekly.

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