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Twelve Years Joel Agee

Twelve Years

Joel Agee

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ISBN : 9780374279585
Hardcover
324 pages
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Joel Agee, the son of James Agee, was raised for twelve years in East Germany, where his stepfather, the novelist Bodo Uhse, was a member of the privileged communist intelligentsia. This is the story of how young Joel failed to become a goodMoreJoel Agee, the son of James Agee, was raised for twelve years in East Germany, where his stepfather, the novelist Bodo Uhse, was a member of the privileged communist intelligentsia. This is the story of how young Joel failed to become a good communist, becoming instead a fine writer.A wonderfully evocative memoir. . . . Agee evoked for me the atmosphere of postwar Berlin more vividly than the actual experience of it—and I was there. —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, New York TimesOne of those rare personal memoirs that brings to life a whole country and an epoch. —Christopher IsherwoodTwelve Years consists of a series of finely honed anecdotes written in a precise, supple prose rich with sensual detail. —David Ghitelman, NewsdayBy turns poetic and picturesque, Agee energetically catalogues his expatriate passage to manhood with a pinpoint eye and a healthy American distaste for pretension. . . . Huckleberry Finn would have . . . welcomed [him] as a soulmate on the raft. —J. D. Reed, TimeA triumph. . . . Unfettered by petty analysis or quick explanations, a story that is timeless and ageless and vital. —Robert Michael Green, Baltimore Sun