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Native Son

Wright, Richard

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Native Son
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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.

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Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2005
Edition: 1st Perennial Classics ed
ISBN: 9780060837563
006083756X
Branch Call Number: FICTION WRIGHT 2005
Characteristics: xxii, 504, 16 p. ;,21 cm

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Join the discussion on March 9, 2015. 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 y... Read More »

Join the discussion on July 17, 2015. 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 y... Read More »


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Jul 09, 2014
  • BrooklynFencingGirl13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was good. It was a little slow in the beginning but pulled through. There are still a few things I don't understand, like: why Bigger killed Mary Dalton in the first place. Her mother was blind, and she was drunk. In the book it states Mrs. Dalton could smell whiskey on her daughter. Why would she believe anything Mary said? Some of this book didn't make any sense.

Jun 28, 2014
  • ShirleyRDavis rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Bigger Thomas as the central character of this novel is extremely vivid, realistic. I have seen versions of him on the news. I have met elementary school versions of him in school. I struggled reading this book due to the violence, seemingly senseless violence. Avoidable violence. The author embeds possible reasons why as the story unfolds. Although Native Son is a novel, it has much to say about society in the U.S., race relations and the value of individual life. I found the Afterward-"How Bigger Was Born" by Richard Wright and the author's Chronology to be a great supplement to the novel. In my opinion this book should not be banned, but should be reserved for a senior high school or above audience.

Apr 22, 2013
  • MaryMaryJ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of those books that you cant forget. Wrights style .. of placing you in the characters mind and thoughts (rather than your own) really affected me.

This book has stayed with me and occasionally haunted my thoughts even more than those that I call, "My favorites." I doubt if any other book will impact me in my life the way this one did.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • BrooklynFencingGirl13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • BrooklynFencingGirl13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"There was no chance of his getting that money now. They had found Mary and would stop at nothing to get the one who killed her."

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