South West Reading Passport 2016: Book to the Future

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go-Tell-it-on-the-Mountain_jacketGo Tell it on the Mountain is a 1953 semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin. It tells the story of John Grimes, a teenager growing up in 1930s Harlem. The novel focuses on John’s family relationships and the role of the Pentecostal Church in the lives of the African-American people it features.

John Grimes is presented as a confused adolescent boy and this confusion often prompts him to question his own identity. Many situations in the novel are contextualised against religion and the strictures of a religious upbringing are rebelled against and challenged continuously in the novel.