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Autobiography of Malcolm X
Autobiography of Malcolm X | Malcolm X
Through a life of passion and struggle, Malcolm X became one of the most influential figures of the 20th Century. In this riveting account, he tells of his journey from a prison cell to Mecca, describing his transition from hoodlum to Muslim minister. Here, the man who called himself "the angriest Black man in America" relates how his conversion to true Islam helped him confront his rage and recognize the brotherhood of all mankind. An established classic of modern America, "The Autobiography of Malcolm X" was hailed by the New York Times as "Extraordinary. A brilliant, painful, important book." Still extraordinary, still important, this electrifying story has transformed Malcom X's life into his legacy. The strength of his words, the power of his ideas continue to resonate more than a generation after they first appeared.
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Clint
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Great book. It had been recommended to me by quite a few different people and in my other reading. I appreciated learning about Malcolm X and his personal journey through so much over not enough years.

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Sbk89
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This book has brought me to tears.
I loved it.

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Sbk89
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“The thing to me worse than death was the betrayal.
I could conceive death.
I couldn‘t conceive betrayal.”

😭❤️❤️🙏🏼

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Sbk89
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So you know how my last review on this was a little negative??
I TAKE IT BACK!

The moment he gets caught and goes to prison, the whole aspect of the book suddenly switches.
I‘m intrigued, confused, shocked, and I cannot put the book down!

This type of Islam is not something I grew up learning.
First time reading the Afro-American teachings of Islam.

I‘m a little more than half way through. I‘m scared 😱 😅❤️💔

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Sbk89
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Mehso-so

I‘m a quarter way through,
Excited to be reading this very much, but is it just me or is it a little slow in the beginning? I feel like it drags on towards the same topic.

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Sbk89

“We children watched our anchor giving way. It was something terrible that you couldn‘t get your hands on, yet you couldn‘t get away from.”

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essence_dionne

Ugh, I challenged myself to read 3 books last month, but I was definitely too busy to read that many books. I didn't even get the chance to read one!!! But my friend is reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X so I decided to read it with her. I'll get back to the other books, but, right now, I'm really enjoying Malcolm X

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Schwifty
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I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. Malcolm X was a fascinating figure during the 60s civil rights movements, much maligned by the press and later by his former associates in the Nation of Islam who conspired to assassinate him on February 21, 1965. In his autobiography, Malcolm explains his roots in the ghetto, stint in crime and how prison turned him to religion, never hesitating to admit how his previous views were wrong.

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Plaidsticks
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White supremacy is a bitch. More should be taught of all black leaders, not just white washed version of the slightly more palatable ones.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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Rare photo of my face lol....but I had to say I‘m starting Black History month Early. And I‘m already sporting my “Greats” shirt. #blackhistorymonth #reader

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Samplergal
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1. Malcolm X. 2. Doubling up and cheating. Malcolm X. 3. X-files. 4. Xavier soup, which is an Italian chicken soup my ex MIL used to make. #manicmonday. #letterx #hardone.

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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BookAlongBlog
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"My alma mater was books, a good library.... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity."
~Malcolm X
Have you read this one?
I have seen it on a lot of must read lists.

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JessicaBates
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Black History Month may by over, but learning is never finished. I‘ve been meaning to read this for a long time. Here goes.

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MsLeah8417
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A must read for all.

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Carolyn11215
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Kindle version on sale today, 2/28/18, for 1.99.

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Brooke_H
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Take a moment to remember civil rights activist Malcolm X, shot to death on this day in 1965. (Pick up a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X; it is remarkable.)

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AshleyHoss820
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1️⃣ That 90‘s X-Men cartoon. I wanted to be Jean Grey SO bad!

2️⃣The tagged book. I‘m not kidding, he changed the way I look at the world & the people in it. It‘s so good.

3️⃣I‘m gonna be real honest with you guys...I just really love food...

4️⃣Baby shower for a new nephew from one of my hubby‘s brothers; Bridal shower for a new sister-in-law ( @Chelsealpatt ) from another of Jay‘s brother‘s!

5️⃣ #friyayintro ❤️❤️❤️

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great pick for memoir! It‘s one of my favorites also. 2y
AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you! I didn‘t go into it knowing how great it was going to be! It just blew me away! 😊 2y
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JacintaMCarter
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#2017Book217
#LitsyAtoZ Part 1: TBR books by author
#BookX

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shortsarahrose
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Today‘s #bookhaul - this copy is too beat up for our library (there is a cigarette burn in the cover!), but not for my home collection

Notafraidofwords I read this one this year and it‘s truly life changing. 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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#TBRTuesday selections.
5 I have started
2 more I have checked out of the Library
And the rest are what‘s coming up as I finish up some of the books I have going at the moment. Looks like a good November to me. 👍

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arlenefinnigan
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batsy 🙌 2y
RealLifeReading 👏👏 2y
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TheNextBook
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Finished this earlier today and wow. Alex Haley and Malcolm X did a great job leaving a legacy. It's so interesting to see him grow, change and evolve as a human being. I definitely recommend this book. So much slander is on this mans name and so much if it is unjust. Read to discover his truth.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It's on my list for my #LitsyAtoZ this year! 2y
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I love how honest Malcolm X is in this book about how and why his beliefs changed over time. He took all of his experiences to heart and allowed those experiences to continue to shape the man he became.

Smartypants @TheNextBook I first read this book when I was 12 and several more times. Each time, I find a new gem or nugget I missed. As he describes his evolving beliefs, I find it more and more beautiful to read again. This book changed my life! #lifechanging #beautiful 2y
TheNextBook @Smartypants it's amazing and it's horrible knowing how he died and the reasons why, the conspiracy behind it. 2y
Smartypants @TheNextBook I totally agree! So many people have no idea how he evolved over time, before his assassination. One of the greatest tenacious speakers of our time! 2y
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TheNextBook

I love my fanily, I love my nephews but I got not reading done this weekend!!!! 😫😫😫😫 My nephs love coming down and spending time with us here and I'm glad they do. But schools is finally out and all I want to do is relax and read!!! I can for the next two months almost! I am so excited. I'll be posting much more now. I am so ready...

By the way, this book is really good.

britt_brooke I had family in town this weekend, too. 😬😁 No reading for 2 whole days so I'm excited to finally grab a few pages tonight. Then back to normal tomorrow. 2y
Nuwanda I also had family and I am dog-sitting, so I have not read much this weekend either! Hoping to have some more time tomorrow! 2y
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TheNextBook
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From the words of Malcolm... books. They change everything.

Notafraidofwords I loved my experience of reading this one. 2y
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TheNextBook
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That day when you have to leave work early because of a crippling migraine, end up in bed all morning, start to feel better and yet still cant read because there is a lingering ache in your head. Yep that was my day today and it sucks! Hopefully I can really dig in and finish this book this weekend.

DGRachel Ugh. Migraines are the worst! 🤕I hope you feel better soon! 2y
Ruri_kaichou Oh no! That's the worst! If you're going to be sick, at least be about to read 😥 feel better soon! 2y
arlenefinnigan Aw hope you feel better soon. Audio books are perfect for migraines btw x 2y
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Owlizabeth Not being able to read is my least favorite part of migraines. After the migraine itself, of course. 2y
Joanne1 I hate that part of migraines too. 2y
moranadatter It sounds like they were going around today. I hope you feel better soon! 2y
TheNextBook @DGRachel @Ruri_kaichou @arlenefinnigan @Owlizabeth @Joanne1 @moranadatter Arg! Guys I was out for the count yesterday! I couldn't focus to save my life and the lingering ache that lasted for hours was so annoying! I'm better now! Thanks for the well wishes. I don't know whats going on right now with the migraines but it sucks. 2y
diovival Glad you're feeling better now! 2y
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TheNextBook
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Currently reading. In this day and age I feel like its time to visit with a man who saw many of the problems and spoke out about them. It's 2017 and very little has changed in the decades since Malcolm X's murder.

Pelican71 I really need to read this book again. So much truth from Malcom X and Alex Haley is an excellent author. 2y
TheNextBook @Pelican71 I've never read it. As I've gotten older I realized I really needed to read it. My hold came through from the library and I knew it was time. 2y
Sweettartlaura This is up next for me 🙂 2y
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Vikz
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My current read

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Vikz
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Nearly forgot this #librarybookhaul part 3

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jenniferw88

Littens! I need your help! As well as all the challenges I'm doing this year, I'm also a member of #playbooktag on Goodreads. The theme for June is coming of age, and I've got my choices down to 2. It's either going to be Eleanor & Park or The Autobiography of Malcolm X - can you please help me choose? It's one of these as it will qualify for 2 of my other challenges too! Many thanks!

jenniferw88 My other choice 3y
Moonpa Eleanor and Park 3y
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BookishBeth I loved Eleanor and Park. 3y
Leigh0906 Eleanor & Park!! 3y
kylienoele Eleanor and Park is great! 3y
CrowCAH Malcolm X (edited) 3y
Notafraidofwords I just read Malcom X and loved it. Also loved E&P, but Malcom X more! 3y
Daisydo I loved Eleanor and Park 3y
Dragon That's a difficult choice, I enjoyed both books but they are so different. Given the political atmosphere since the presidential election I have to go with Malcolm X. But then read Eleanor and Park. 3y
BestOfFates Probably too late for voting but I say go with Malcolm X! 3y
jenniferw88 It's not too late - voting closes Wednesday @ 10pm! 3y
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Gezemice
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Fascinating man, riveting book.

Malcolm X has given African Americans pride, and a conviction that black people can lift themselves. Most of his life he advocated a "militant" separatist agenda, only embracing inclusiveness at the end of his life.
He has a colorful past life as a criminal, and prison is where he gets his education, from books. He changes his life - and the world.
"The most electrifying person I have met" - Alex Haley ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gezemice #dangeroustype #rockinmay He certainly scared the hell out of white people #litsyatoz #gezeAZ #letterX (edited) 3y
Dragon Totally agree, a 5 star read ! 3y
Zakia I need to get back to it - it was sooo good- 3y
Gezemice @Dragon @Zakia Yes, it is! 3y
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Gezemice
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He was a formidable man.
This quote is part of Alex Haley's notes at the end of the book.

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Gezemice
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Indeed. Malcolm X had a fascinating life with tremendous highs and lows. That's what makes this such a compelling story.

RealBooks4ever On my tbr! 😄 3y
Gezemice @RealBooks4ever It is really good! 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This book is the definition of tour de force. If you are reading contemporary Black authors and feeling like something in your understanding was missing (like I was), this may help you like it helped me. I think I'll be spending many more days digesting and synthesizing this intense read. Definitely a winner!

Longer review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1946439313

QuintusMarcus I am doing exactly the same thing, trying to fill the (immense) gaps in my education, reading Wright, Ellison, Baldwin, and others. Just sent you a Goodreads request! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @QuintusMarcus Like you said the other day, we're on a similar path. I'm taking a break for a bit to read some lighter fare. Then heading back into my belated education. 3y
Dragon I read this book a few years ago and I couldn't put it down. 👍 3y
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Gezemice Just starting on it. Your review is very encouraging! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice I'll be curious to see what you think. There are plenty of parts where I agree with his views, but I still found it enlightening. 3y
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage I finished it. It was a long read but so worth it! The history aspect is enlightening, but for me the most fascinating aspect was his evolution as a man, and tgat of his views, as his circle of knowledge widened. First his moving from home, then his criminal life, then books in prison, then Nation of Islam, then his travels - all making him understand more. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice I felt just the same way! Glad you finished and felt it was worth your time. 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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This book has been a slow read for me, because of its depth and ideas. What a journey this man takes.

mauveandrosysky I have this on my shelf and am really looking forward to reading it. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mauveandrosysky It's good! I'm learning a lot about history, the man and his beliefs. Also seeing how he's influenced other writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates. 3y
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cocomass
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What a truly remarkable life. Following Malcolm through his struggles and his spiritual enlightenment felt like a privilege. After reading this I really feel like I understand the man and his intellectual and religious progression. I wish I had read this sooner but I know I will read it again. Perfect book for the #ReadHarder2017 category, 'person of color goes on a spiritual journey'. I could not recommend it more highly.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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At the mall shopping with my girls. And reading because I hate shopping!

MrBook Hah! I love it! 😊👍🏻 3y
moranadatter I completely understand. It's mot my thing either. 3y
Leftcoastzen 😂 3y
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sammisho 😂😂😂 3y
CocoReads I'd be reading too. So glad when mine got old enough to drive there on their own. 3y
minkyb Mine still like when I'm along with my wallet 😅 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @minkyb 🤣🤣 Of course they do. Mine have gift cards to spend today! 3y
minkyb I have developed a real fondness for gift cards! @BarbaraTheBibliophage 3y
Sace Shopping is the worst. Enjoy the reading. 3y
Wife I never go to the mall if I can help it. I really don't browse or window shop. I know what I need, pick it up, pay for it, and leave. I don't understand shopping as recreation or therapy. Would rather spend the time reading 📖 for sure. I thought I was alone on this one. 🙂 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Wife You and I definitely have the same shopping style. It took me 20 minutes to buy two things. But my granddaughter is another story! 🤣 3y
Bookzombie @Wife I feel the same way and shop in the same way. 🙂 3y
Betty_Bookworm There Serial Reader app has been a lifesaver for me. Instead of wasting time playing candy crush I now read books while I'm out and about and only have my phone! 3y
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chowmeyow
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I listened to an audiobook recently that I ended up hating, but in it was the idea that we should make more of an effort to add variety to our routine: take a different route, go out to breakfast, etc. I've heard that idea before, but sometimes you need to hear things at the right time. Today I left for work early & enjoyed breakfast reading time at a cafe, and it was a beautiful start to my day. Even books we don't like can teach us something.

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Notafraidofwords
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I feel so accomplished after finishing this 500 page book. It has been on my list for so long.

I loved my journey with this book. Yes, so much of the beginning of the book is problematic. Especially, the way he speaks about women and interracial relationships. Yet, he changes much of his tune later on.

It makes me sad that he deeply wanted change and hoped for it and to be reading it today and knowing that maybe not so much has changed.

mauveandrosysky I have this on my shelf and am so excited to read it. Glad to hear you liked it. 3y
Notafraidofwords @mauveandrosysky we have similar taste in books and I think you'll enjoy this one. It's very relevant too. 3y
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chowmeyow
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Enjoying the extra hour of sunlight by curling up in bed on a Sunday late afternoon, listening to Simon and Garfunkel records and reading.

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smccallum
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This book is incredible. I didn't know a huge deal about Malcolm X and I'm very happy I now know more. The scope of this book is amazing, I was surprised to read about his early life and his reformation and constant searching for new ideas and reevaluating his own was inspiring to read. There's the same fire found in Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates and it is pretty essential reading.

Suet624 I read this when I was a teenager years ago and was fired up. (edited) 3y
8little_paws I'm going to be bold and recommend you follow this up with 3y
smccallum @8little_paws it's on my TBR but I currently can afford no books, I can follow it up with 'Invisible Man' and hope that by then I have book funds again! 3y
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8little_paws Invisible Man is a good follow up as well! It's too bad the book I recommended isn't on Hoopla 3y
JenP @smccallum Invisible Man is good and if you do audio, the audio is amazing. I'm listening to it now. 3y
ZachHerman Have not read the Autobiography, but recently finished Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, which draws heavily on the Autobiography and original research. Really good! 3y
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smccallum
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Nearing the end of this but I already know I will be poring over some of these chapters several more times

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smccallum
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Making a surprising amount of progress with this. I didn't know a great deal about Malcolm X and was surprised by his teenage years but the book seems to capture a cultural moment like Smith's 'Just Kids'

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smccallum
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Finally starting this

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