Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on...more
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Those who have studied the Harlem Renaissance know that Richard Wright was a passionate, angry man, the writer about whom other ...more
"Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America."
A distinctly innocuous 'what it means to be black in America' is a nice little euphemism for 'institutionalized racism' or terminology like 'white supremacist capitalist patriarchy' which ...more
I would like to think the country is so much different 70 years after its publication, but is it?
عزیزانم، این داستان بر محورِ زندگیِ تلخ و سرشار از خشم و نفرتِ سیاه پوستی به نامِ «بیگر توماس»، میگردد... این مرد سیاه پوست که به نوعی نمایندهٔ "سیاه نوین" است، با به قتل رساند ...more
Upon reading this piece, I wondered the entire ...more
The story is told with the highly charged consciousness of an uneducated and embittered black man who has been radically cut off from t ...more
"Confidence could only come again now through action so violent that it would make him forget. These were the rhythms of his life: indifference and violence; periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire; moments of silence and moments of anger - like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far-away, invisible force. Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating."4.5*
Bigger Thomas might be the most difficult character I've come across in fiction. Never have a I felt so un ...more
He ends the book accused of the capital rape and murder of a white girl, whom he did murder (but did not in fact rape), but by his own words to his lawyer, makes clear that raping her was something ...more
Bigger Thomas in a panic suffocated Mary Dalton and then burned her body to hide the crime and to avoid capture he smashed Bessie Mears with a brick and let her freeze to death. There is no question of the brutality of the crimes. An even Bigger, when in jail, believes he deserves to die for them.
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But through the story of Bigger ...more
I'm not in love with Wright's writing style. I read Black Boy in college and felt like it suffered from the same problems: overly preachy and wordy, with long drawn out speeches and l ...more
That's basically me trying to fancy up saying: read this now if you haven't already.
Bigger Thomas is a marginalized, poor young black man (his ...more
He's such a powerful force that Wright spends the entire last third of his own book basically saying "Holy shit!" Which is why this only gets four stars from me; that "Holy shit" part is much ...more
The book description just does not get across the most important aspect of the book: you will be in Bigger's skin, and this is scary. As I noted below, for much of the book you will be sitting on the edge o ...more
A book review on this topic could, with great ease, spill over the boundaries of Goo ...more
For having been written in 1940, the book ...more
It is this, and it is some version of "realism," while it's ...more
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