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The Long Dream

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In the powerful tradition of Native Son, Richard Wright's last novel is a stirring story of racial prejudice in the South. "No honest reader can remain wholly unmoved."--Time
Paperback, 411 pages
Published May 20th 1987 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 1958)
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Richard Wright returns to fiction after his string of non-fiction books about the Black experience in Africa. He also returns to America.

Fishbelly's story opens when he is five years old with the incident that gave him his nickname. The chapter is written from the viewpoint of a boy that age and at first I thought Wright had lost his fiction chops and gone simple minded. As I read on, I saw the power of his writing. Fishbelly grows chapter by chapter to young manhood, but the reader always sees
Rachel Feldman
Richard Wright has powerful prose. This coming of age novel is set in late 30s/early 40's Mississippi. In Jim Crow south, a black boy's life could be happy, but it could also be unfair, and dangerous. This novel makes sure we know this, and very well.
As a 50 yr old Nordic-American woman from Wisconsin, it was about time I'd read Richard Wright. The experience hit home for me why U.S. teachers assign novels written from very different perspectives. This book came out the year I was born and describes a world familiar to probably a million Americans, but which had been completely hidden from people like me. Reading Richard Wright gave me the sensation of discovering a parallel reality, one I'm now continually jarred into thinking about wheneve ...more
As philosophically probing as many an intellectual non-fictional text on race, this really tries to uncover the lived experience of Mississippi racism in the Jim Crow era, the contortions that human beings are capable of to survive in such toxicity, and how that was experienced by different generations. I confess it starts out a bit like a psychological profile told in short vignettes, but once the story kicks in it really kicks in...I wish it had started much closer to that point, because the c ...more
Komi Amegblenke
This book shows you that despite all the trouble that may be going on in your life there is always hope ahead. Don't let systems put into place by men control your destiny in life. Life is tough, but if you persevere you can do something new, oh and don't let someone push you. Fishbelly was an interesting character.
In the scope of Wright books this one is miss-able, but still well crafted, just seems like it was done better with later works.
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Richard Nathaniel Wright was an African-American author of powerful, sometimes controversial novels, short stories and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerned racial themes. His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid-20th century.

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