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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October 13, Imprint: Beautiful memoir by a poetic genius, of what it was like to be a black man, building a writing career and traveling the world in the era of the Great American Depression, Stalin’s Russia, the Spanish Civil War. The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes shocking, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always thought-provoking.

I Wonder as I Wander

Despite all the hardships he encounters, I envy him his male privilege — being able to travel so freely without constantly fearing for his physical safety. Do you need to read Hughes’ previous autobiography, The Big Sea, to appreciate this second volume? As it stands it is my favorite travel book to date. But he got up and went away shaking his head.

He, the manager, “While he was engaged in correcting my manners, since I took his admonition amiably, he went on to say that furthermore he had noticed [us] sitting in the grassy open space in front of the hotel on the ground talking with market women and fishermen, and even playing with their children — or worse, engaged in langgston with the barefooted wharf workers who hung out on the sea wall!

He crafts his stories with compassion and humor, and writes in an entertaining and easy-to-read style. I don’t know why he never wrote another volume that talked about the 40’s and beyond. It was truly interesting to see other parts of the world through Langston Hughes’s eyes.


View all 6 comments. If you like really good autobiographies then this is right up your alley and if you are interested in the soviet union nughes how black people were treated there as well as other places around the world this is also up your alley. I listened to this book and I will miss Langston’s narrative as I continue to wander.

He also notes its strange contradictions — Americans who would not let him into the front door of their store in El Paso, Texas, will happily sit on the next barstool a short distance qander in Juarez, Mexico, and think nothing strange about it. Want to Read saving….

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey by Langston Hughes

I had the great pleasure to listen to this audiobook while on a one-year creative journey myself. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance. Return to Book Page.

He is interested in dances, songs, oral and written stories and other cultural activities such as wakes. I’d never heard of it or considered reading it until I found it on the “new arrivals” shelf in the audio book section of the library.

Hughes enjoyed his status as a well-known writer wherever he was but he was well aware that his treatment would be different in the US and for different parts of the US. In times of unrest, art uncovers the truth and displays it with unwavering subtlety.

I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

As an educated northerner, he is surprised and sad to experience segregation and racial hatred. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Riding the Rails with Paul Theroux. The Collected Works of Langston Hughes 1 – 10 of 16 books. Sometimes he basks in the hospitality of wealthy friends, mostly he is barely able to pay for a hotel room and food. He has a talent for mixing with all classes of people.


But in Europe there is no color line. Oct 17, Jodi rated it liked it Shelves: Hughes interest in culture and his humanity make him very egalitarian.

He tells stories of people and places he visited, and it reveals him as truly a global person, always rooted in the lives and wonde of black people all over the world. Like Hughes, she traveled the Caribbean and the American South but without one bad thing to say about segregation or discrimination. Jun 07, Patricia rated it really liked it.

There is a longish bit about traveling in the South reciting poetry to black audiences, bringing them face-to-face with the possibility of change. However, I thought the entire book was filled with great anecdotes about people in ass places he visited, most of which were in a state of upheaval. The review must be at least 50 characters long. It is the continuously amusing, wandee revelation of an American writer journeying around the often strange and always exciting world he loves.

We appreciate your feedback. We are experiencing technical difficulties. He realized art can be therapeutic in those cases: Hughes writes with economic simplicity – in the easy style of a poet but with less lyricism than one might expect. I forgot I wasn’t listening to Hughes, although I have no idea if they sounded anything alike, but Hughes had a delightful interest in life and the narrator made that clear.

He details wonnder graphically the middle year of the siege of Madrid: