Native Son

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Harper Collins, Jun 16, 2009 - Fiction - 432 pages
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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.

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It's a very well written book, but some relationships and situations in it are so unrealistic that the novel can be hard to enjoy. Overall a very good and important message coming from Richard Wright, Although I wouldn't recommend Native Son if you prefer books that are entirely believable.

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About the author (2009)

Richard Wright won international renown for his powerful and visceral depiction of the black experience. He stands today alongside such African-American luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, and two of his novels, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation. He died in 1960.

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