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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I Wonder as I Wander

Hughes seemed to be okay with that, and I think the fact of his own race made him more sensitive to the issue than his white friend could ever be. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Editors and Authors at Knopf Doubleday.

Langstn and China were at war at the time. Over the Big Water.

He spent time in Cuba and Haiti, then did poetry readings in the American South, and stayed for a time in California before heading to Russia to take part in a Soviet movie that was to be made there. Open Preview See a Problem? The review must be at least 50 characters long. Hughes notes the shortcomings and even the crimes of the new regime, yet his experience as a Negro in Jim Crow America gives him a more immediate appreciation for the praiseworthy aspects of the new ideology: 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.

He goes to Central Asia where women are being liberated, children schooled, doctors stationed. But sometimes, his focus on biting out the specks is bad policy. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks!

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

I’d long heard that Hughes was homosexual. Politically I think he may have been a bit naive while in Russia, accepting that in only ten years after the Revolution there was no more prejudice against people of color I am thinking specifically here about his time in what is now known as Uzbekistan. Jun 07, Patricia rated it really liked it. Langston Hughes was a person with a curious mind. He also visits Spain as a corespondent during their civil war, again always hungry but never destitute.


Jun 06, Lisa rated it it was amazing. He went to Berlin to get his Soviet visa. He writing is much more matter of fact then I had thought it would be this is my first Hughes book.

Everywhere he met old friends and made many new ones both at home and abroad. His observational skills are immense. He uses music jazz on his gramophoneperformance and writing to connect with people.

I don’t know why he never wrote another volume that talked about the 40’s and beyond. When his father dies in Mexico, Hughes must travel there to attend to his estate, and he concludes his narrative with a description of his months in Spain during the Civil War, living in cities besieged by the Fascist forces of Franco and listening to the stories of American blacks who have traveled to this foreign land to fight against oppression. However, I actually enjoy travel narratives quite a bit, so this was great!

I found myself much more interested in this period of his life than I expected!

Fascinating also to get insights into the daily lives of these people Maybe he was busy with other projects by then, or felt that the earlier decades were filled with the most readable adventures of a full life.

Hughes spends significant time in post-revolution Russia, China and Japan often living hand-to-mouth but lanyston running across fellow Americans, from bohemians to celebrities.

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But when the Franco troops besieged Madrid in overwhelming numbers early in the days of the Civil War, and when it seemed that the city could hold out no longer, word spread that if Madrid fell to Franco the Moorish legions would rape all the women in the city. Mar 09, Crystal rated it really liked it Shelves: This was during the Scottsboro Trial, where everyone in the South–blacks and whites–knew the men on trial were innocent.


As it stands it is my favorite travel book to date. The New Yorker Magazine. Feb 08, Tina rated it really liked it. However, I thought the entire book was filled with great anecdotes about people in the places he visited, most of which were in a state of upheaval.

Little Golden America I had no idea what to expect. In Hughes’ memoir, I read as he observed how art in the form of theatre, dance, writing, folklore, music, and graphics helped snap portraits of the world during a time of social change. These things, the hotel manager explained, simply were not done in Haiti by persons of our standing.

He saw parts of the Soviet Union the Soviets did n’t want outsiders to see.

The Collected Works of Langston Hughes 1 – 10 of 16 books. Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. It did make me want to search out his poetry and to regret that this country was so backward as to try to stifle such a brilliant talent.

Growing up Russian in China. Ghost of a Chance. Oct 21, David rated it it was amazing. I did not know much about Langston Yughes, but this autobiography helped fill some of that gap.

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