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?
Upon reading this piece, I wondered the entire ...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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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
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
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
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
Wright does a fantastic job of creating a central character who commits unforgivable and unacceptable acts, whilst still making you understand the important social points he is trying to make. If he wanted to write a book that couldn't make "even bankers daughters read and weep over and feel good about", he succeeded. It's a book that doesn't make you feel sympathetic; it's a book that forces you to take a brutal look at the ...more
It is this, and it is some version of "realism," while it's ...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
Despite single-handedly starting the genre now known as "African-American Literature," the feisty Richard Wright had trouble his entire life with getting the proper recognition his work deserved, mostly because he had trouble even getting along ...more
Bigger, a young black man in the Chicago of what I believe is the 1940s, is trouble. His mother knows it, his sister knows it, and his friends know it. Even in the beginning of the book, before the major events start happening, Bigger plans an armed robbery (which he later didn't commit), terrorizes movie-goers, and beats up a friend, all in a single day.
Then he gets a job, a good job as a chauffeur for ...more
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