Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either... show more
Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot. Black Boy is Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment—a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.
Publish date: May 1st 2008
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
“Our too-young and too-new America, lusty because it is lonely, aggressive because it is afraid, insists upon seeing the world in terms of good and bad, the holy and the evil, the high and the low, the white and the black; our America is frightened of fact, of history, of processes, of necessity. It...
I liked this book more than I expected I would. I would of given it 5 stars, if part 2 was as good as part 1.
i hate that this is our history, and that it reflects far too much of our current attitudes as well (which is why i can't seem to read enough about this issue). i thought the stuff about communism was particularly interesting as it was entirely new information, and pretty fascinating.
This was a difficult book to read. Not because of the writing, the writing was excellent. But because of the subject matter. I don't think I realized quite how bad things were in the south for our black brothers and sisters. I've read Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Autobiography of Frederick Douglass, an...
I know this sounds sort of twisted but the first chapter was hysterically funny. Okay, what kind of child burns down his house before his teen delinquent career even began? I've only read up to part one of Black Boy but one day, I'll finish the rest when I get the book.