- Paperback: 594 pages
- Publisher: HARPER PERENNIAL (1996)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0010WECYW
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.3 x 1.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (394 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Native Son Paperback – 1996
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This is also a great read for the would-be fiction writer. It's all here: plot, character, setting and gripping story telling that holds you to the end.
A must read.
Wright explores racism and its effects, not only on the oppressed, but also on the oppressors. Bigger, the oppressed, fails to see whites as individuals and stereotypes all as racist bigots who intend only to harm him. Of course, there are plenty of these individuals about, yet there are genuine decent whites who Bigger fails to see as human. On the other side, of course, is the systemic abuse of Blacks as they are forced to live into a small section of the South Side in decrepit ghettos. Remarkably, this is a step up from their sharecropping days in the Jim Crow South, where Bigger grew up. However, even those whites who deem themselves to be sympathetic to the "Colored" cause, such as the Daltons, are condescending and arrogant. The Daltons, typical guilty liberals, have contributed thousands to the NAACP, yet they indirectly control the real estate company that reaps the benefits of the segregated society and the artificially higher rents in the black tenements.Read more ›
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Best book I ever read. First read it in high school and then reread it many times. As a white person who is a member of a minority group, I relate to and sympathize with his... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kat
great. should be compulsory reading for every high school student.Published 7 days ago by edward davis
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Gripping story with significant social and political observations, but far too wordy at times.Published 10 days ago by Robert Larner
It's a great story that showcases mental enslavement and the journey the protagonist undergoes to finally be free. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Sony
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