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 story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set... show more
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 story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Richard Wright’s powerful novel is an unsparing reflec
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 545
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, African American
, Banned Books
I had for reasons that are unclear to me, put off reading Native Son. I'm sorry that I did that because it is a brilliant novel. The main character of Bigger Thomas, is brilliantly drawn and it is a psychological masterpiece. The book shows how fear and ignorance brought about by race prejudice d...
A challenging read. The easy route for the author Richard Wright would've been to write a novel asking us to sympathize with a black man wrongfully accused of murder in a racist community. But he does not take the easy route. Instead he implores the reader to follow Bigger Thomas, a young black man ...
This book was assigned reading in high school. It's the story of a lowlife who murders two women and rapes his girlfriend.
Here is the scariest character in literature. Even Wright is terrified of him. I had this thought as I finished Native Son: I thought, "This is the bravest book I've ever read." I've read a lot of protest books, a lot of warnings, but most authors give you a way out: "Look out, but here's what you s...
First of all, I am shocked--shocked this book was published in 1940. Not only was it published by an American publisher, but it was read, well received, and even chose as a Book-of-the-Month Club selection (although some changes were made to the BotM edition to tone down some of the more objectionab...