Native Son by Richard Wright

Find in catalogNative Son, written in 1940 by Richard Wright, brought to attention the encompassing and imposing nature of racism and poverty in the 1930s, as it examines the life of Bigger Thomas on Chicago’s South Side. This book had tough characters and tackled tough subjects that are difficult to bring up, but they need to be talked about for us to understand the past and not make the same mistakes. The hardest and best part of the book was that one could see where it was going, what the characters were going to do and where it’d end them all up, but knowing that that was all they knew and how could they do any differently? Bigger’s life was going to end up badly, it was just a matter of when and how, and some of that is on him and even more of it on the expectations and prejudices of the time that were inescapable.

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