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Native Son by Richard Wright
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I had been wanting to read this book for some time and just got around to it recently while on maternity leave with my third baby. Throughtout my reading of this book I found myself really appreciating the complexity surrounding Bigger's judgement and consequent actions. It really made me think about the ways in which the world has changed since Native Son was written and the ways in which it has not. These themes apply to so many of our behaviours and it reinforces why we route for the underdog.
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message 1: by Amy (new)

Amy Wright wrote this in our neighborhood, a couple blocks from where we live. I've been meaning to read it for a long time.


message 2: by Gail (new)

Gail I also found Native Son interesting and enlightening in the ways you express, Kelly. It struck me that it is not uncommon for an impulsive act to lead to a downward spiral of behavior from which it is hard to escape. When I read this book several years ago, it was like I had read it before. I think that I may have typed a book report for a daughter who had not really read the book but perhaps the cliff notes! Or maybe it was even me?! I thought A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines was of a similar ilk but much better. I loved that book.


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