Joe Bliven

The Fire Next Time
By James Baldwin


May 4th, 2021

Well, this wasn't the quickest 128 pages I've ever read. Baldwin really makes the most of each sentence. He packs his words so dense with meaning and uses language in a unique and beautiful way, which makes the reading of this work a very involved process. A lot of stopping to reflect and a lot of rereading passages to be sure I got everything I could out of this piece. Baldwin puts so much careful consideration into his writing that it's an absolute treat. His perspective is an invaluable one in understanding the story and personality of our nation. I rarely read anything as thought provoking or moving as the two essays contained within this book.