Native Son

Native Son

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by Richard Wright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0062357255

ISBN-13: 2900062357259

Pub. Date: 09/16/2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class divisions in America, this powerful novel reflects the forces of poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape out society.

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Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class divisions in America, this powerful novel reflects the forces of poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape out society.

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ISBN-13:
2900062357259
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/16/2014
Edition description:
Limited
Pages:
560

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Arnold Rampersad
Book One
1(94)
Book Two
95(176)
Book Three
271(160)
How "Bigger" Was Born
431(32)
Chronology 463(22)
Note on the Texts 485(4)
Notes 489

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Native Son 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 165 reviews.
DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
I am one to shy away from books about race. A lot of times I find it hard to relate or I find them to be boring or too graphic. I read this book because it was on a list of the 100 best books ever written and it is my goal to read them all to check out the hype. I really did not want to read Native Son. From the first sentence of the first page I knew this was going to be something special. Wright's writing is captivating and the characters he builds are so real. Even if you cannot relate to this book personally, you will be able to relate to the emotions the main character Bigger Thomas is feeling. It is an amazing thing to be engrossed so deeply into a book as I was with this one. The plot is unique, especially as far as books about race go. Surprisingly this is also a very fast read. For a couple reasons: you cannot put it down and it is written very matter-of-fact. I can see why kids in high school might not want to read this. It's long and seems out of date. To be honest it might even go over a lot of the heads in a regular English class. I feel like this novel is for anyone though. It's important. This book is on my list of best books ever...which only had 11 books prior. That is a big deal! Read it :)
bluetulip18 More than 1 year ago
Along with Invisible Man, Native Son is another powerful story that has schooled me on what W.E.B. Du Bois might have meant by "double consciouness": African Americans' tendency to see themselves through the eyes of others. Bigger, the main character, judges himself by society's stereotypes, and a profound fear of whites drives his every action (including a heinous crime so vividly described I had to put the book down for awhile). It's mind-boggling and tragic to think how much a person can truly become what society expects and assumes he'll be. Difficult story to swallow; an emotional, memorable read.
ECooper-Columbus More than 1 year ago
Richard Wright¿s depiction on race relations in the 1940's was parallel to the thinking of most Black and White Americans today. We saw that with the newly elected president. I found this book a much needed read, not to conjure up racial tension but as a reminder of how we, Black and White Americans need to continue to strive for racial equality. He talked about how the price of food is higher in one section than another, how redlining occured than, which is another parallel of today¿s housing market. I, as a teacher, will use this book as a teaching tool to inspire my children to release pinned up anger by talking to an adult or someone they trust; use Bigger's lack of education to inspire them to stay in school. There are so many teaching tools that you can be pulled from this book and used as inspiration. The relevance of this book is still very useful today. It is a great read, I couldn't put it down.
rapragdoll More than 1 year ago
Native Son was the hardest book to read that I've ever read. It was so detailed about negative emotions and vile acts that I had to stop reading and found it at times hard to go on. I read it of my own free will and don't feel I wasted time but would have enjoyed another book better. It's to negative for me even if the point is very original and dramatic,it's a great debate to a side I do not agree with but see it's points.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books in the world besides black boy and autobbiography of malcolm x
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londongh21 More than 1 year ago
Incredible!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a different read for me but I did like this book. This book goes to show that till this day life will always be hard for people of the black community .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was both poignant and thought-provoking. I was surprised by how fast i was able to read this book-Richard Wrights' writing style is truly exceptional. This is probably one of the best books i've ever read. Once you've read this book, you'll understand as to how we can all relate to Bigger Thomas, no matter your race.
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Review of Native Son by Will on May 25, 2014 Native Son was a very powerful and inspirational book that discussed the clashes of races in America. Richard Wright, a  very controversial author wrote many books about the clash between whites and blacks. Wright was obviously a huge supporter  for desegregating the population of America. This book demonstrates the unequal treatment of blacks in the mid 1900's  and the start to  what we now know as racism. I can relate the theme of this book to the struggles of society today, dealing with cliques and the bullying that  is associated with these different groups.  This novel is broken up into three different books which separate the main issues in the novel. The first book discusses some of the  troubles and the terrible life and hardships that blacks had to face in this time period. The main character, Bigger Thomas gets into trouble  with the law in Book One. The novel climaxes in Book Two and ends with a resolution in Book Three.  This book was a very interesting read because of the perspective that was shown from a African American author.  This book is absolutely related to the racism that we have in society today. As a white person myself it truly understood the hardships that blacks had to face to get to the point where they are now. This book made me absolutely against racism and every person on this world should be treated equally. This book is a must read to be able to understand the injustices of society. 
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I have read his book, Black Boy, so this should be also a good book.
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...well, because of the content...not the writing. I made myself finish it, but now I'm glad I did. It made me read more about the author, then I could understand why he wrote what he did, like he did. I will look up some of his other works. I would bet that I feel much the same about them, too. :) I can see why this book gives classes and book clubs discussion material.
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Native son was a phenomenal book, and although I read it out of requirement I wouldn't hesitate to read it again. The story is moving, and the characters are built up in a way you find yourself caring for them despite some of their actions. It also keeps you on your toes, entertaining and surprising you along the way. The language Wright uses is so descriptive your in Bigger Thomas' head from the beginning, rooting for him during the trial and screaming at him when he smothers the Dalton's daughter Mary. Not only do you see the way black's felt back then and how white's viewed them, but also their hatred toward communists. It's a must read.
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