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Set in the American Deep South, each of the powerful novellas collected here concerns an aspect of the lives of black people in the postslavery era, exploring their resistance to white racism and oppression. Published in 1938, this was the first book from Wright, who would continue on to worldwide fame as the author of the novels Native Son and Black Boy.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 23rd 2003 by Harpperenm (first published 1936)
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Nate
This book of short stories has implanted images in my mind that I have never been able to shake. Wright is an incredible writer that grabs his readers by the neck and takes them where he wants them to go. These stories are scary good, and will change the way you see slavery and racism forever.

Pay attention to Wright's use of color.
Salah
ثلاثة قصص قصيرة تعبر عن ماساة الزنوج ف أمريكا الت امتدت حتى أمد ليس بالبعيد وربما لا تزال مستمرة بشكل أو بآخر. المهم أنها قصص تفيض بالواقعة وتعبر عن مدى سماجة وسذاجة الإسان الذي يظ فسه أرقى لمجر اختلاف لون البشرة. بل ويعامل مختلف البشرة ككائنات مضرة أو ذات درة أدنى. كيف يتولد هذا الفراغ العقلي الذي يتول لهذا العنف التافه؟

بالسبة للقصة الأولى تنبعث مها العنصرية البغيضة في صورة مؤلمة فالأسود يتعلم ويتربى كيف يصبح عبدا مطيعا ليل رضا سيده الابيض، سيده هنا هو ربه في العمل وليس مالكه، ولن يرضى عنه ولو
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Sekab swairjo
يتحدث ريتشارد رايت, عن معاناته كزنجي, من خلال سرد ثلاث قصص مؤلمة, تشي لنا بتفاصيل قاسية, شكلت حياة الزنوج, بين جماعات البيض.
قرأت الرواية بدهشة, لا أعلم كيف يفكر البيض, كي يفسدوا حياة آخرين, بناءً على لونهم؟
أي عنصرية تجعلهم يستعبدونهم, لأنهم خلقوا بلون مختلف؟
إن الزنجي يولد, و هو يعلم تماماً بأن من المقدّر له أن يموت, بشكل وحشي, و بلا ذنب.
قد يقتل, دون محاكمة, أو يحرق, يشنق, دون إنسانية, و الأسوأ , إنه لا يسلم من الانتهاكات طيلة حياته.
إنّ جماعة البيض لم يتركوا فرصة لهم, لم يتركوا لأي رجل أسود, فرصة
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Hannah
It's a little bit difficult to say that I "liked" this book, but I did think that it was good. I only read a few of the stories (I couldn't bear to read all of them, actually): A Bright and Morning Star, Down by the Riverside, and Fire and Cloud. I would advise reading Fire and Cloud left if you want to go through the rest of your day with a shred of faith in the goodness of human beings intact. I don't cry often when I read books, and even less in front of other people, but I think I cried for ...more
Bayansa
حظي كان سيء مع هالرواية
* الترجمة السيئة ومايحتاج اتكلم عن الأخطاااء الإملائية
* اخترت رواية سيئة لريتشارد رايت

الرواية بتضضمن 3 قصص لمعاناة السود اليومية في سبيل العيش وسط تسلط البيض ..
وكلها بتدور في نطاق القتل والثأر ..
الرواية تتميز بالتفصيل الشديد للأحداث وحتى بالنسبة للحوارات بين الشخصيات
أعتقد لو أنه ركز على قصة وحدة وأستغلها في أنه يعرض الرواية بأسلوب مشوق وبدون تشابه للأحداث حتكون أحسن ..
بس كانت جميع الأحداث تشترك بأن رجل أسود يقتل رجل أبيض في سبيل الدفاع عن النفس ..

J. Alfred
So it turns out Jim Crow wasn't all that long ago. Does that ever kind of freak you out? On that note, if you ever want to feel absolutely claustrophobic with hate and fear crushing you in, this is the book for you, and for a guy who grew up in a situation like the one Wright describes in his autobiographical short, I guess I can empathize with the feelings that create fiction of this kind.
The book is interesting on more than one level, because in it, Wright close to explicitly abandons the Chr
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Eng.Khalid Ib
تدور الرواية حول حياة السود في أمريكا ومعاناتهم من البيض
لم ترق لي كثيرا مقارنة مع رواية هيريت ستاو كوخ العم توم
والتي تأثرت بها كثيرا والتى أعتبرها من الروايات المفضلة
جدا لدي.
Jess
I admire Wright's compulsion to do whatever it is in his power, in this case write, to keep his people from being eaten by "comforts" (i.e. white figureheads promising good things that never come). The issue that arises is that the novel quickly becomes absorbed with it's message as opposed to craft.

"Uncle Tom's Children" is ambitious. It knows that it has something important to say about something then-currently happening. It is not aware that it can express what it needs to say with fully fles
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E-thar Bushy
ثلاث قصص قصيرة يحكى فيها ريتشارد رايت بواقعية شديدة مأساة الزنوج من القهر والاضطهاد الأبيض
وثقافة التعامل الوحشي من سب وضرب باليد، للقتل والحرق ،لتشريد الأسرة الواحدة تلك الثقافة التى أرست
دعائمها بين مجتمع البيض لكل ما هو مختلف عن اللون الأبيض
وإلى اليوم وبعد سنوات طويلة من اعلان تحرير الزنوج ، ما زال الزنجى يعانى من العنصرية وإن لم تكن بالوحشية التى كان عليها الأمر من قبل ،وانما عنصرية متسترة خلف شعارات المساواة والديمقراطية التى أوجع الأمريكان بها رؤوسنا
واخيراً يعيب هذه النسخة الترجمة السيئة جد
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Kirk
This one should go over well next Thursday. Lotsa classics, including "The Man Who Was Almost a Man." The only question, of course, will be the old bugbear of naturalism: is RW's stuff too deterministic? We shall let the readers decide. One helpful hint I've discovered for teachers: make 'em read "The Ethics of Living Jim Crow" AFTER they read the stories. (JC comes first, as a kind of intro to the fiction). Going with stories over essays for initiates gives folks a little more elbow room for th ...more
Rachael
Richard Wright's first published novel, Uncle Tom's Children (1936), opens with a quote from the author: "The post Civil War household word among Negroes--'He's an Uncle Tom!'--which denoted reluctant toleration for the cringing type who knew his place before white folk, has been supplanted by a new word from another generation which says:--'Uncle Tom is dead!" It is an appropriate opening for a book hailed as marking the beginning of black protest literature. Wright is not only protesting race ...more
Anna
Uncle Tom's Children is a collection of stories about African Americans during the Jim Crow era. The title of the book, I suppose, is reminiscent of Uncle Tom from Uncle Tom's Cabin, which took place during the civil war. This is the aftermath. Interesting title, in that case.
The stories were well written and quite heartbreaking, dealing with segregation and the cruel mistreatment of African Americans by whites. However, I felt like all of the stories were a bit repetitive. I know that the whol
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Christian Gompert
This is a collection of gut wrenching tales that thrust the reader into the desperation and helplessness of 1930s African-Americans whose ill fates are predetermined by the racist and oppressive regions in which they live. The heavy outcomes are nearly all a result of characters having to choose between an awful circumstance and another even worse.
Wright has painted, through incredible psychoanalytical introspection both simple and profound, a bleak portrait of different characters that show the
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deryl taylor
Exceptionally written work!

I couldn't put the book down. Each story had me on the edge of my seat, gasping and praying with hope for compassion for the plight of black life by whites. l was deeply saddened by the depth and profound evil exhibited by whites against a people simply because of the color of their skin! A must read by every high school and college literature class.
Annathelle26
Actually, I haven't read the whole collection of stories, just "The Bright and Morning Star".
What a heartbreaking story it was! It made me feel so depressed at some points. But it was beautiful. Wright's writing style is really good and it moved me.
Paddythemic
excellent!

fire and cloud won numerous awards for the author.

one of the best american authors, not only existentialist but shatteringly relevant as opposed to academic.

rivals camus easily.
Mohamed Elbanna
رأيى وتقييمى غير موضوعيين بالمرة لتصادف وقوع النسخة العربية بين يديّ لا الانجليزية..وكانت الترجمة من اسوأ الترجمات التى رأيتها فى حياتى
principalaim
Complicated story with complex characters; true to time period. Great read!
Noah Adams
الرواية على المستوى الادبى متوسطة إن لم تكن أقل من المتوسط ولكن مايميز هذه الرواية هو الواقعية الشديدة للاحداث و الإغراق فى شرح تفاصيل معاناة أصحاب البشرة السمراء فى عالم الرجل الابيض وتتركك فى حالة حيرة شديدة و تسأول كيف يمكن لإنسان أن يمارس كل هذه الكم من التمييز ضد إنسان أخر لمجرد إختلاف لون بشرته، بل كيف يتأتى لبنى البشر كل هذا المقدار من الشر و إنعدام خصائل الفطرة البشرية السليمة لكى يمارسوا كل هذه العنصرية البغيضة و يعتقدوا فى تميزهم عن شخص أخر لمجرد أن لهم لون أو جنس أو مذهب سياسى مختلف ...more
Jeff Dixon
A provocative and thought provoking read on race, gender, and class.
Shaba
Oct 30, 2007 Shaba rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
What makes this book unique is that it is like a story in some way. Telling about being black in America during the hard Cival Rights movement. I really cant say it met my expectations becaus i havent completley finished the book yet i have about 20 pages left. The book is so unpredictable. I do approve of the authors writhing style. It is kind of an easy text that says alot about the toughest times of the Cival Rights era.
713Josh
Overall, this book was very well written and equally horrifying. It did a great job of showing how unjust and scary life was for African Americans in the south in the Jim Crow Era. I was especially engaged with the story about Big Boy. Having to sit in a ditch while strangling a dog and hearing your friend dying without being able to do anything it must have been the worst feeling in the world.
Rui Higuchi
I really enjoyed this book. The one which intrigued me the most was " Down by the Riverside", I like how it destroyed the whole idea of the Jim Crow Law and attempted to bring every individual as a whole. All 6 stories portray a strong sense of segregation and delivers a strong message to its readers, I believe anyone who picks up this book, would most likely enjoy it just as i did.
Celia
Feb 08, 2009 Celia added it
This book would make me mad, laugh, cry, and eager to always pick it back up to read more to find out what happened next. This one gets 4 stars for just triggering the emotions, alone. Wright wants you to feel his anger, sense of humor and pain. But it is his creative way of writing that makes you keep coming back for more!
Margaret
I find Wright's fiction to be far more effective than his propaganda. Though heavy-handed in some respects, the cinematic quality of the prose and the visceral impact of the language make evident the promise to be fulfilled in Native Son. Makes me want to re-read the latter to experience it again with this text as a backdrop.
Robin
"Native Son" is a true tragedy - heart-breaking in the telling and beautifully written. So I was sad to find Wright's real-life experiences buried in Uncle Remus dialect, weak narrative, and unknowable (much less likable) characters. It is hard to say that important books are impossible to read.
Brett
"Children" not "Cabin." My least favorite professor assigned this book. He may have slightly tainted my opinion, but for a book I won't have read otherwise it's definitely a decent read. Could have a used a vampire or two, but ya know, what book couldn't use a couple vampries?
Aita Gilley
I simply loved this book. The stories are heartbreaking but necessary. All of the stories are about free people with stifled souls, what a sin. I only wish that the author had lived long enough to see the civil rights movement. I am sure it would of warmed his broken heart.
Ned
A collection of short stories by Richard Wright about the oppression of the black people during the early 1900s. The book is jarring, disturbing and embarrassing. I'm ashamed of our past. The last story in this collection left me in tears while sitting in Peet's.
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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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