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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He went to Moscow to put on a play and then the play never happened but miraculously the performers and writers were paid anyway. A friend and mentor suggests aas he could get paid to read his poems at black colleges and churches across the deep South. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. In this research, has great wondeg. Surprisingly, Hughes himself comes across as an elusive figure in his own autobiography, often leaving the reader unsure about his own wonderings on his wanderings to paraphrase one reviewer.

Hughes seemed to be okay with that, and I think the fact huhes his own race made him more sensitive to the issue than his white friend could ever be. The story was paced well, and never dull.

I had no idea what to expect. However, I thought the entire book was filled with great anecdotes lajgston people in the places he visited, most of which were in a state of upheaval.

It is yet another demonstration as if one were needed that books often are have all of the advanta A important job of a poet should be to speak plainly.

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His experiences in the former Soviet Union were the most illuminating for me. Sometimes he basks in the hospitality of wealthy friends, mostly he is barely able to pay for a hotel room and food. He wanted to see the other Soviet republics and traveled tot he border of Afghanistan, to Tashkent, Bokhara, Uzbekistan, Ashgabat. In times of unrest, art uncovers the truth and displays it with unwavering subtlety.


Jul 05, Robin rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is his travelogue of those years. Hughes resiliently endures many discomforts on his journey through life and the world: I had the great pleasure to listen to this audiobook while on a one-year creative journey myself. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I listened to this as an audio book and had to make sure to take notes every once in a while as I am reading for book club. But in Europe there is no color line.

Mary Dearborn and Mary V. Hughes was lu Communist? Japan and China were at war at the time. This autobiography of a section of poet.

I found myself much more interested in this period of his life than I expected! Sep 17, Megan rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, I actually enjoy travel narratives quite a bit, so this was great! How to write a wonrer review. He endures the indignities of segregation with good humor. The review must be at least 50 characters long. Fascinating also to get insights uughes the daily lives of these people His trajectory is inspired by an interest in folk traditions of the African diaspora.

Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. His hosts are duly impressed with his writing and invite friends and neighbors to parties in his honor, and as pleased and cordial as he is, he longs for an occasional night of rest and quiet in a rented private room—off limits lanngston a black man at that time.

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. Wanddr and Grasdani both had told me that the jails of Tashkent were full of political prisoners. He was Probably one of my most favorite books.

The Best of Simple. He writing is much more matter of fact then I had thought it would be this is my first Hughes book. Refresh and try again. His observational skills are immense. Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond. It eventually gets lost in Soviet bureaucracy and abandoned, but Hughes remains in the Soviet Union for more than a wandef, traveling to Uzbekistan, where he rooms with Arthur Koestler for a time and writes journalistic reports from this region transformed by the Communist revolution.


This racial critique could not hughfs contrasted more with Zora Neale Hurston’s autobiography, which I read immediately prior.

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

Hughes had some major adventures, and thoughtful take aways about race, politics, and people. The Korean War and Aftermath. However, he firmly states his belief that no country should hold colonies, jughes as Japan is colonizing China, he is considered an enemy of the state and asked to leave.

Despite all the hardships he encounters, I envy him his male privilege — being able to travel so freely without constantly fearing for his physical safety. The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. I “In the last few years I had been all around the embattled world and I had seen people walking tightropes everywhere–the tightrope of color in Alabama, the tightrope of transition in the Soviet Union, the tightrope of repression in Japan, the tightrope of the fear of war in France–and of war itself in China and in Spain–and myself everywhere on my tightrope az words.

Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. Rather than be raped, many of the good girls of Madrid decided to give themselves to their sweethearts — the gallant young men who expected to die anyway, within a few days, in defence of the city.

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