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Native Son by Richard Wright
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Feb 12, 2009

really liked it
Read in February, 2009

I first read this book in high school.
I just re-read it for the first meeting of an occasional book club.

This time it was a little more poignant for a couple reasons. First, I now live in Chicago, so I can relate to some of the physical surrounds that Wright describes. Secondly, after going through college's social systems courses I understand the traps that society sets better.

Though I can't directly apply the plot of this book to my life, it is an interesting opening to a discussion on predestination and predefined paths. Society sets us all up for something by believing certain truths about the groups we belong to.

Honestly, I super-skimmed the last 50 or so pages, which is courtroom monologue. There Wright really hits home his points, and more than once sounds much more like an author who is preaching than a defense attorney who is pleading a case.

But, overall a classic. A tragic, depressing, occasionally grotesque classic.
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