Native Son (Abridged)

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Harper Collins, Sep 30, 2003 - 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, Richard Wright's novel is just as powerful today as when it was written -- in its reflection of poverty and hopelessness, and what it means to be black in America.

This abridged edition includes an introduction, "How Bigger Was Born," by the author, as well as an afterword by John Reilly.


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Uncle Tom's Children was a collection of novelettes; this is a full length novel by perhaps the outstanding of the young Negro fiction writers. He writes with violence, with passion, with force. This ... Read full review

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This book gives its readers a little bit of insight into the lives of African-Americans in the 1930's when racial tensions were at a high. It displays the true hardships that they had to go through on a daily basis. Written by an African-American, you can tell that he is trying to get his message across, depicting absurdly graphic scenes, language, and actions. This book is a definate "eye-opener" as it is shocking as to some of the obstacles the African-Americans had to overcome. It definately makes you feel empathy for the characters in the book. It tugs at your emotions and can even make you cringe with anger at points. Although quite lengthy and dull at points, the book is a true classic that withstands the test of time. Overall, a great read, recommended to all. 


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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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