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, 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.
Publish date: September 1st 1998
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 504
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...
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