He sees African American adolescents discovering the limits placed on them by a racist society at the very moment when they are discovering their abilities. He tells the story of his relationship with his younger brother, Sonny.
But wonders can happen! This story is about two brothers, a wannabe musician and a maths teacher, the first is a heroin addict, the second is in good shape.
What I liked about this book is the message it transmits, and that one should not feel guilty upon thinking that one didn't protect his loved ones well enough, because honestly? No matter how you try you cannot completely protect them, but you can let them know you're there for them though.
Such a beautiful writing style also. And even then, on the rare occasions when something opens within, and the music enters, what we mainly hear, or hear corroborated, are personal, private, vanishing evocations.
But the man who creates the music is hearing something else, is dealing with the roar rising from the void and imposing order on it as it hits the air. What is evoked in him, then, is of another ord Because I've read this excerpt I want to read the whole book: What is evoked in him, then, is of another order, more terrible because it has no words, and triumphant, too, for that same reason.
And his triumph, when he triumphs, is ours. I had never before thought of how awful the relationship must be between the musician and his instrument. He has to fill it, this instrument, with the breath of life, his own.
He has to make it do what he wants it to do. And a piano is just a piano.
It's made of so much wood and wires and little hammers and big ones, and ivory. While there's only so much you can do with it, the only way to find this out is to try; to try and make it do everything.
He hit something in me, myself, and the music tightened and deepened, apprehension began to beat the air. They were not about anything very new. He and his boys up there were keeping it new, at the risk of ruin, destruction, madness, and death, in order to find new ways to make us listen.
For, while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn't any other tale to tell, it's the only light we've got in all this darkness.
I seemed to hear with what burning he had made it his, with what burning we had yet to make it ours, how we could cease lamenting. Freedom lurked around us and I understood, at last, that he could help us to be free if we would listen, that he would never be free until we did.James Tackach THE BIBLICAL FOUNDATION OF JAMES BALDWIN'S "SONNY'S BLUES" S ONNY'S Blues" is James Baldwin's most anthologized and most critically discussed short story.
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James Baldwin's short story "Sonny's Blues" examines darkness, light, jazz, and race in 20th-century America in the tale of two brothers.