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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 gripping naturalist novel delving into the psychological toll of racism on Black interiority There s so much to critiue about the work from its misogyny to its clunky structure but its influence and forceful condemnation of white supremacy make it still worth reading

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Native Son

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 st My older brother Larry who is extremely well read recently came to town for a visit He had with him a copy of Native Son I asked what prompted him to re read it He explained that he had actually never read it before which he confessed was really odd given that the book is an undisputed classic Well here is Larry s two word review of the bookHoly shitI concurThose who have studied the Harlem Renaissance know that Richard Wright was a passionate angry man the writer about whom other African American writers of his era would say Well I d never write THAT but I m glad someone did Native Son is a brutally frank look at the racial divide of the America of the 1940s and the relevance to today is positively painfulThere have been many profound and movin

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Ory of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panicSet in Chicago in the s Wright's powerful novel is One has got to appreciate the diplomatic mincing of words that graces the GR blurb 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 are too confrontational too accusatory too ominous sounding That America continues to practice a similar form of conscious prevarication to avoid facing the true sordidness of its race problem is in some small way responsible for this book s enduring relevance


10 thoughts on “Native Son

  1. says:

    My older brother Larry who is extremely well read recently came to town for a visit He had with him a copy of Native Son I asked what prompted him to re read it He explained that he had actually never read it before which he confessed was really odd given that the book is an undisputed classic Well here is Larry's two word review of the bookHoly shitI concurThose who have studied the Harlem Renaissance know that Richard

  2. says:

    This book is extremely powerful I saw another review saying that they could not believe this was written and released in 1940 I agree as I can only imagine how controversial the content would have been at that tim

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    “These were the rhythms of his life indifference and violence; periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire; moments of silence and moments of anger—like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far away invisible force Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating He was like a strange plant bl

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    Updating my shelves I read this in high school for a book report Being that I'm from the Chicago suburbs originally this

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    One has got to appreciate the diplomatic mincing of words that graces the GR blurb 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 inn

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    SPOILERS Reading the first 2 parts of Native Son Richard Wright's landmark novel is an absolute thrill One part Tom Ripley one part Graham Greene's Brighton Rock the antihero always reigns triumphant But this antihero lacks panache i

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    Have you heard the name Trayvon Martin If you have good If you haven’t look him up Open a tab search up the name T R A Y V O N etc and read Familiarize yourself with the exact definitions of the atrocity the scope of the repercussions throughout the US the up and currently running process of rectification that in a fair and just w

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    A gripping naturalist novel delving into the psychological toll of racism on Black interiority There’s so much to critiue about the work from its misogyny to its clunky structure but its influence and forceful condemnat

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    Maybe it's the inevitable melancholy of getting older but reading this novel for the second time roughly 13 years after the first go has made me tremendously sad and despairingI would like to think the country is so much different 70 years after its publication but is it

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    What a powerful book In narrative theme character and motifs Wright uses his whole arsenal to show us the horrors of racism He seems to be able to reflect back the experience of racism—how it's created and it's cycle of destruction I've read other Black writers before but this book is probably the one that has taken on and embodied racism so than any other book for me For a novel written in 1940 the book holds up uite well Unfor

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