Reissued to mark the 80th anniversary of Native Son's publication - discover Richard Wright's brutal and gripping masterpiece this black history month. '[Native Son] possesses an artistry, penetration of thought, and sheer emotional power that places it into the front rank of American fiction' Ralph Ellison Reckless, angry and adrift, Bigger Thomas has grown up ...
Reissued to mark the 80th anniversary of Native Son's publication - discover Richard Wright's brutal and gripping masterpiece this black history month. '[Native Son] possesses an artistry, penetration of thought, and sheer emotional power that places it into the front rank of American fiction' Ralph Ellison Reckless, angry and adrift, Bigger Thomas has grown up trapped in a life of poverty in the slums of Chicago. But a job with the affluent Dalton family provides the setting for a catastrophic collision between his world and theirs. Hunted by citizen and police alike, and baited by prejudiced officials, Bigger finds himself the cause celebre in an ever-narrowing endgame. First published in 1940, Native Son shocked readers with its candid depiction of violence and confrontation of racial stereotypes. It went on to make Richard Wright the first bestselling black writer in America. 'The most important and celebrated novel of Negro life to have appeared in America' James Baldwin WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY GARY YOUNGE
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Arrived quickly and quality was good. My son enjoyed the book very much.
Aug 27, 2009
My sophomore year of high school we had to have our parents sign a waiver to allow us to read this book in class. Well, we didn't HAVE to. If we didn't want / couldn't get permission there was an alternate assignment planned, but I didn't want to do that. I was intrigued by the waiver and I didn't want to miss out on class discussion, which is the best part of English class. It wasn?t long before I wished I had taken the alternate assignment.
I hated this book so much. It wasn?t fun to read at all, and it wasn?t even the kind of awful that is really good because it?s uplifting or moving or touching. I hated all of the characters and everything that happened to them and everything they did. I hated that the point seemed to be ?He?s a terrible person, but he can?t help it,? or maybe, ?He?s a terrible person, but so is everyone else in the world.?
To be fair, I didn?t finish the whole thing because I couldn?t take it. Still, that doesn?t speak well of the book. I know some people love it and I?m so glad that they do, but it?s really not for me.
Dec 5, 2008
Though many would consider African-American to be filled with the stereotypical tales of woe and misery, Richard Wright hit the heartstrings in a disquieting way. Never have I read a more moving tale; it takes a while to reach the climax, but this classic has an unforgettable tale with an abnormal antihero that you can't help but love by the end of novel. Engrossing, enthralling, haunting; this book will stay with you.
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