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Black Boy by Richard Wright
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Aug 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: advisory-2011-2012, summer-reading

I think that this book was very well written and greatly detailed. its about Richard Wright and his childhood. Ever since he was so little, he lived in a life of poverty where he and his little brother would go days without eating. his relationship with his older father is something i could never imagine. where it got to the point that you felt so isolated by your own family. him, his little brother, his mother and father lived in a little home in Tennessee. Soon their father leaves and doesnt come back and Richard is forced to step up as the man in the house while his mother goes and looks for work. his first major encounter that really set the rest of his future, was when he was six years old. his mother sent him with money and a list to the grocery store. everytime richard got there, there would be a gang of boys there who would beat him up and steal his money and Richard would run home to his mother crying. She sent him back to the store with a stick and he brutally beat those kids to a pulp...commiting murder at the age of 6. this basically shaped his whole life because he was viewed very dangerous. as he got older he moved around to hundreds of jobs trying to find his place in the world. he also got to experience the brutality of racism and how he was treated by older white folks down south. when he moved up north , he started reading and writing more and wanted to become a communist. Richard felt that no one really knew how to live life. So he wanted to write his story on how he lived his own.
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message 1: by Scott (new)

Scott Hey I have a question. Is this book explicit? Does it have profanity? Moreover, sexually explicit or have nudity in it? Thanks!


Alexis Noel not that i remeber. i know for sure there is no nudity.


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