“The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” by James Weldon Johnson

Review and free EBook download

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A very well written fictional autobiography as told by a black man. It’s the story of a black man, mixed, but light enough to pass for white, and his struggle with the issue of race in America and his true identity. At a young age, he was unaware that he was half black, until he was told he was a “negro” at school. From that point on, he comes to realize that color matters and starts to struggle with his blackness. This is his memoir about living part of his life as a black man, and the events, including seeing a black man lynched, that caused him to live much of his life as a white man.

One of the reasons I appreciate this book is that it touches on the issue of identity crisis in a way. The narrator, after realizing that race, goes through a brief period where he has a hard time accepting he is black, and trying to understand what that means. As he ages and goes through life, he can’t decide whether he will live as a black man or a white man. He likes the privileges of being a white man. Deep down, he feels he’s abandoned African Americans and needs to make up for it. He’s living as two people essentially. Black at times, white a large part of the time. It’s not until he falls in love and wants to get married that he realizes he needs to disclose his ethnicity and stop lying about who he is. I think it not only speaks to the constant issue of the race problem, but also to the issue of self-identity… The question of “who am I?” Who do I want to be?

**This is a pretty short book, so even if you don’t have much time to read, you can easily get through this book. If you are interested in reading it, I will attach the link below and you can download it from my Drive. Epub files can be read with the Nook app, Epub Reader app, Aldiko app, and various others in the Google Play store. I recommend Nook.**

Download ePub file from my Drive free: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bw6vQp7EthG8c1Q3VVVBWElpeG8

GoodReads book review: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/130312.The_Autobiography_of_an_Ex_Colored_Man

If you read it, comment with your thoughts on the book please 🙂

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