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“Powerful & Timeless...”

James Baldwin said every black American has a “private Bigger Thomas living in his skull.” Sixty years later, Wright’s novel about race & poverty in America is as powerful & timely as ever.
Justin K.
Scribd Editor

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, 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.

Topics: Dark, Murder, Poverty, Race Relations, Chicago, Crime, Realistic, Civil and Political Rights, Prison, African American Culture & Characters, Bildungsroman, Realism, Harlem Renaissance, Existentialism, Violent, 1930s, and Urban

Published: HarperCollins on Jul 1, 1942
ISBN: 9780061935411
List price: $6.99
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A powerful novel about the downward spiral that is the life of Bigger Thomas, a young black man. Several decades later, the opening passage is still with me. Highly recommended.N.B. Wright was inspired by another great American writer, Theodore Dreiser, whose American Tragedy tells the story of another poor young man's downfall.
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The unfolding of this story has the inevitability of a car stuck on a railway line with an express train hurtling towards it. You know what's going to happen, you don't want it to happen, you can't look away while it happens. When the smash comes, it's still a massive shock. I caught myself muttering, "No, no, no, don't do it." as I was reading.

A very affecting and intense book.
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This book is so important.It shows a pretty ugly side of race relations in America, but it is absolutely eye-opening. This story brings tragedy to a new scale. It hit a cord with me and has stuck with me for years; I have never been able to forget Bigger Thomas and his story.
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