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3.78  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Like the rest of Wright's work, his first novel was originally published as an editorially laundered version of the book he actually wrote. Now authoritative new texts, based on Wright's original typescripts, reveal the full range and power of his experimental style. The text for this first fully unexpurgated edition of the novel reinstates his stylistic experiments, and t ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published March 25th 1993 by Northeastern University Press (first published 1963)
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Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lawd Today is a scalding urban novel set in Chicago during the 1930s, when it was originally written, though not published until 1963, three years after Wright’s death. Originally titled Cesspool, the book recounts a day in the life of Jake Jackson, a troubled young man who works for the post office. His salary is not equal to his spending and the misery that comes with the weight of his debts is salt on the wound of his relationship with his younger wife, a woman who he “fooled” at 17 into gett ...more
Mark Walter
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not Wright's greatest work, but a good read nonetheless. The book is essentially a snapshot of the life of a black man living in inner city Chicago in the 1930s. It hits on many of the themes of racism, poverty, and violence in the inner city for African Americans that Wright establishes in other works, especially Native Son.

There are certainly some challenging parts to read for those who have issues with domestic violence and addiction - suffice it to say that the main character is not an admi
Eric Heff
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
"The feel good book of the year! Will leave you feeling good about life!" are words that will never be said about this book. It is mean, dirty, depressing, abusive, maddening, and downright sad. Wright wanted to show society how ugly it had made it's lowest citizens, and he did a good job at that, but it was not really an enjoyable book to read. I did not all out hate the book because the point he was trying to make was interesting but it is not a book I would recommend or read again.
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked this book a whole lot more when I started imagining it as a play. I think it would have been a very powerful play. As a book, not so much.

Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
In this novel, there is expletives, and Black people arguing about non-sense but feel it is better to own some property or have money instead of talking. Also mentioned was the craw fish (some say crab) in the barrel mentality to bring others down who are doing well.

Jake's wife has a tumor (sick again) and cusses at her because of the medical expenses on his post man's (postal clerk) income. Doc offered to help.

Favorite part of the novel was discussing the importance of faith, cannot do anythi
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It showed the reality of a character named Jake, who is black, and struggles to make a living at a post office. The main character is not a very likeable character, especially concerning his treatment of his "woman". The writing is not as good as The Outsider or Nativeson and Blackboy but it is raw, especially the arguemtns between the main character and his wife. This young man's view of himself, his race, his friends, his life and the oppressor, shows his humanity through ...more
Sep 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book about black men just trying to get through the day. I felt this book could have been realistic for the time period in which it was written. I didn't like the way it ended but really it just ended like any day would that you JUST made it through... with an "Oh Well".
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I have to respect where and who this novel came from, the amount of misogyny, racism, and degradation of women in general, in addition to the despicable main character, made it a difficult and trying read.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A wonderfully scripted day in the life of an African american man. The characters are well developed, and the situations easy to envision. The reader can actually place themselves within the story and experience the happenings. One of Richard Wright's more light-hearted works
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This is too depressing to read right now...
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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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