“If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of Native Son.” – Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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 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.
This edition of Native Son includes an essay by Wright titled, How "Bigger" was Born, along with notes on the text.
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A True Classic
Here is a book that I never get tired of reading and would highly recommend to readers of any age. While the tone is dark at times, the author captures the racial tension of an America of yesteryear, yet carefully allows the reader to see the humanity of a deeply conflicted individual. Bigger Thomas is one of the most unique and interesting characters created in the 20th century. A must read.
Blew me away!
I read this book for summer reading, and let me tell you that I usually do not enjoy reading. However, I LOVED this book! It is such a good book and I did not want to put it down. I recommend it for people who like suspense!
Causes some internal thinking
Be forewarned, this book will cause some provocative thinking and re-evaluation of society. Also, any relationship one has will be questioned and how people interact with each other.