Review: The Fire Next Time


The Fire Next Time
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There is nothing I can say to add to the power of these essays. The book is short, direct, and impactful. I’d heard of Dr. King, Malcolm X, and a handful of other civil rights activists, but never heard of Baldwin until reading Another Country. He’s so extraordinary, so intellectual, with the ability to create fiction that shatters your deeply held assumptions. He was never an “activist,” effecting change from the pulpit. He metabolized his ideas as novels, incredible novels, and I think history has remembered his genius as an artist rather than a figurehead. This quick but profound read strips back that layer of fiction for a peek into the mind of the man himself, and what a man.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.