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
Upon reading this piece, I wondered the entire...more
Title: Native Son
Author: Richard Wright 624 Page paperback
Native Son is a third person narrative that intimately revolves around an African American named Bigger Thomas in the 1930's. He lives in poverty with his family and is a delinquent. To aggravate his poor life even more, Bigger also lives in a racist society where white people despise black people.
One day, Bigger is admitted for a job, which is to be the chauffeur of the Dalton Family, a...more
He's such a powerful force that Wright spends the entire last third of his own book basically...more
The story Native Son written by Richard Wright has been banned, its success has been vandalized, and many people who enjoy the experience of taking life and converting it to ink have yet to flip through its pages because of the on going rumors that suffocate libraries and bookstores. Yet it still remains one of the greatest works of literature in its era. I enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover, but I must admit that when I first picked it up I had no interest in reading about...more
So far in my life I have dated girls from a variety of racial backgrounds, including black, asian and oriental. For someone who is almost oppressively cynical it is perhaps surprising that I entered each relationship with a certain level of naivety. Despite being well aware that racism still exists, I didn’t expect the amount of negative attention these relationships received. One incident always comes to my mind, which is the time I and my black girlfriend were accosted by a group o...more
I could probably count on one hand the number of books I've read that were as compelling as...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
I didn't like the book because I wasn't interested in a boy killing a mouse or a boy scaring his little sister with a mouse. It just didn't appeal to me. I felt as though I wasn't the attended audience the book was written for.
I started to...more
I read Black Boy over and over and over again. I love Wright's writing. My only complaint about the book was the over-explanation offered the readers with Bigger's lawyer Max. It reminded me of the ov...more
I just re-read it for the first meeting of an occasional book club.
This time it was a little more poignant for a couple reasons. First, I now live in Chicago, so I can relate to some of the physical surrounds that Wright describes. Secondly, after going through college's social systems courses I understand the traps that society sets better.
Though I can't directly apply the plot of this book to my life, it is an interesting opening to a discussion on predes...more
I however found it difficult to understand Bigger at the end. I thought Bigger had decided to face up to the sentence he had long been expecting but he surprises me when he gets hysterical at the end.
I recommend Richard Wright on his ability to explain Bigger's feelings to the reader to the extent of making the reader feel as if th...more
Situations with the novel's protagonist Bigger, simply move from bad to worse and...more
Bigger as a character was unique at the time - he is an anti-hero. He is uneducated, often sullen, frightened, violent, sometimes cunning, and filled with hate, not limited to but focused primarily on the white world that suppresses him. He is incapable of seeing anyone in the white world as an individual, much in the same way...more
The Native Son
1940, 392 pgs.
Urbanization, foreign affairs, Industrialization and its effects was what Americans worried about during the 1900’s .The government along with its people saw growth and change at a rapid pace of the American economy and its government on the other hand Americans turned a blind eye to social issues most specifically the issues regarding African Americans. False Freedom was given to African Americans by the government that never fulfilled the full meaning...more
CONS: Too lengthy, and I was reading the abridged version (392 pages).
PROS: 14 day loan, which means I couldn't slack off in reading it. I particularly liked this quote:
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