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Native Son Paperback – September 1, 1998
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About the Author
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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Native Son is a long one, but worth your time!
Within this story, Mr. Wright weaves connected characters together, describing how weakness, prejudice, and survival are affected by education, opportunity, class, and economics. People and events come together like a multi-car pileup that brings destruction and collateral damage to everyone involved.
In the end, can the peace and hope that one man finds for himself ever extend to his family, community, and country? Can we, individually and collectively, in the 21st century, understand Mr. Wright's warning - every person carries prejudice within themselves. Struggle by well-meaning people to overcome prejudice may bring change to governments, but it takes an understanding of the prejudice each of us carries in our own heart -and the knowledge that every person carries prejudice within them - to move past those prejudices and bring strength to our relationships with each other.
In addition to the selected group reading, a single member of our bookclub selects a 'banned book' to read and summarize into a brief book report. Native Son was the book report for January 2013.
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