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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 Ameri. A gripping naturalist novel delving into the psychological toll of racism on Black interiority There s so much to critiue about the work from its misogyny to its clunky structure but its influence and forceful condemnation of white supremacy make it still worth reading

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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 st. These were the rhythms of his life indifference and violence periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire moments of silence and moments of anger like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far away invisible force Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating He was like a strange plant blooming in the day and wilting at night but the sun that made it bloom and the cold darkness that made it wilt were never seen It was his own sun and darkness a private and personal sun and darkness Richard Wright Native Son This story is still heavily on my mind I think if I d read it earlier I would have reacted to it differently There is so much going on it has been hard for me to write a coherent review but I feel compelled to write down some of my thoughts regardless of how disjointed they may be The story starts off with a poor black family trying to kill a rat in their apartment it reeks of poverty from the start and uickly materializes into showing us the dark side of racist American society It introduces us to our protagonist Bigger Thomas who I d heard of even before I read this book I knew that he had accidentally killed a white girl and then killed a black girl to cover his crime I d even read James Baldwin s literary criticism of this book but there was to this story than that Had I known I wouldn t have stayed away from this novel for this longThe mind numbing lives black people had to live was clearly illustrated from the start The drugs alcohol women pool playing cheap movies religionall were seen as ways to not think about what was going on around them As Bigger said He knew that the moment he allowed himself to feel to its fullness how they lived the shame and misery of their lives he would be swept out of himself with fear and despair My feelings about the book were in part influenced by the current civil rights movement in the States If that hadn t been going on the book would still have been horrific but with it it was even visceral It would have been satisfying to have finished reading the book and said Thank God all that crazy racism stuff is over but watch the news on any given day and you know it s alive and wellI was fascinated by how the whites and blacks interacted In the book we have a rich white family the Dalton s who are actually the good guys but even they had a problematic way of looking at and dealing with the blacks they purported to be helping They made them appear so simplistic almost like children On the other hand Mary the daughter did not really understand that her being overly friendly to Bigger or inviting him to eat with her was actually making him uncomfortable and could cause serious repercussions for him In her privileged position she failed to have much empathy or understanding for Bigger I saw Mary and her boyfriend Jan as behaving like old school anthropologists going to observe blacks in their natural habitat as it were Their actions were very voyeuristic and I could understand Bigger s rage at their behaviour The psychological aspects of race and poverty is not something they understood coming from privileged backgrounds There was the lack of privacy the poor had the fact that their lives were so clearly on display and that they had little to no control over their lives that made Jan and Mary s actions particularly degradingTo be honest this book scared me It scared me because it showed that you can have groups of people living in close proximity yet not knowing anything about each other instead holding on to an alien image of the other To Bigger and his kind white people were not really people they were a sort of great natural force like a stormy sky looming overhead or like a deep swirling river stretching suddenly at one s feet in the dark As long as he and his black folks did not go beyond certain limits there was no need to fear that white force But whether they feared it or not each and every day of their lives they lived with it even when words did not sound its name they acknowledged its reality As long as they lived here in this prescribed corner of the city they paid mute tribute to it It scared me because people are treated according to their race and like it or not recent events have shown this It scared me that the coloured body can be exploited even in death Poor Bessie she said I just work I ain t had no happiness no nothing I just work I m black and I work and don t bother nobody Probably the cry of so many at the time And to make matters even worse in death her body is exploited What made her death even sadder and tragic was this Though he had killed a black girl and a white girl he knew that it would be for the death of the white girl that he would be punished The black girl was merely evidence The media whipping people into a frenzy not just with race but with Islamophobia is happening now just as it happened back then Several hundred Negroes resembling Bigger Thomas were rounded up Like the panelist at a Black History Month 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Ory of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panicSet in Chicago in the 1930s Wright's powerful novel. One has got to appreciate the diplomatic mincing of words that graces the GR blurb 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 A distinctly innocuous what it means to be black in America is a nice little euphemism for institutionalized racism or terminology like white supremacist capitalist patriarchy which are too confrontational too accusatory too ominous sounding That America continues to practice a similar form of conscious prevarication to avoid facing the true sordidness of its race problem is in some small way responsible for this book s enduring relevance America is still bowed under the weight of its real Bigger Thomas es and their collective existential agony otherwise Travyon Martin Michael Brown and Eric Garner would perhaps still be alive What the book blurb avoids spelling out is that to be black in America is to follow a trajectory of limited self improvement or slow and gradual decline carved out for one by malevolent mysterious forces way beyond one s control To be deprived of an agency to have one s freedom of movement thought and speech so severely restricted that the only way for a working class black man to make his presence felt in the world is by accidentally killing a rich white girl one whose coveted sexuality and beauty are treated as valuable objects in the ownership of the white supremacist capitalist patriarch Half the time I feel like I m on the outside of the world peeping in through a knothole in the fence Bigger Thomas embraces an absurd world and finds meaning in an otherwise futile existence only by committing accidental murder and finding a sense of accomplishment in that act but unlike Camus s Meursault the source of his private angst and indifference in the face of persecution is situated within a realm in which Jim Crow laws reign supreme It was the first full act of his life it was the most meaningful exciting and stirring thing that had ever happened to him He accepted it because it made him free gave him the possibility of choice of action the opportunity to act and to feel that his actions carried weight No other work has brought back memories of The Wire which has got to be the best thing ever made for television viewing as acutely as Native Son and Ta Nehisi Coates powerful diatribe against the systematic destruction of black bodies in contemporary America Between the World and Me because both books and tv show explicate the heart breaking conseuences of social injustice in its many macabre avatars and the trickle down effect of public policy aimed at preserving the noxious but brittle status uo And yet the discerning will not fail to notice that I have rated this work 4 stars despite my limitless love for The Wire This is majorly owing to the fact that Wright much like Camus in The Stranger seeks to rationalize a crimes simply to propound a philosophy The murdered women especially Bessie Mears are relegated to the status of lifeless plot devices whose purpose is merely to flesh out Bigger s fear of and anger at a world in which he is perpetually treated as a pariah Silly white entitled ignorant Mary Dalton is as much objectified by Bigger and his friends as by the self righteously outraged white community which treats her murder as an event of communal humiliation Her personhood life socialist inclinations and opinions are eventually subsumed by the color of her skin and its implied political symbolism That Bessie as a black woman is a doubly marginalized victim who suffers a two pronged form of oppression perpetrated both by an essentially racist social order and black men who find an amoral form of self expression through inflicting some kind of violence on the vulnerable is also never acknowledged by the narrative Not that I uestion Richard Wright s right to place black masculinity in the foreground of his novel but he achieves his narrative aim at the expense of overlooking the gravity of the hardships and everyday violence that black women endure Camus displays a similar thoughtlessness while portraying the accidental murder of a nameless Arab simply so that Meursault could have an epiphany and make peace with his absurd life and imminent execution Either scenario does not sit well with me After all it is usually the women and people of color who are robbed of even the minimal glory of true victimhood in literature


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  1. says:

    My older brother Larry who is extremely well read recently came to town for a visit He had with him a copy of Native Son I asked what prompted him to re read it He explained that he had actually never read it before which he confessed was really odd given that the book is an undisputed classic Well here is Larry's two word review of the bookHoly shitI concurThose who have studied the Harlem Renaissance know th

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    This book is extremely powerful I saw another review saying that they could not believe this was written and released in 1940 I agree as I can o

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    “These were the rhythms of his life indifference and violence; periods of abstract brooding and periods of intense desire; moments of silence and moments of anger—like water ebbing and flowing from the tug of a far away invisible force Being this way was a need of his as deep as eating He was like a strange plant blooming in the day and wilting at night; but the sun that made it bloom and the cold darkness that made it wilt we

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    Updating my shelves I read this in high school for a book report Being that I'm from the Chicago suburbs originally this was one of my first exposures to life in another part of the city and I found the book to be fascinating It would be interesting to reread it through adult eyes

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    One has got to appreciate the diplomatic mincing of words that graces the GR blurb 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 A distinctly innocuous 'what it means to be black in America' is a nice little euphemism for 'institutionalized ra

  6. says:

    SPOILERS Reading the first 2 parts of Native Son Richard Wright's landmark novel is an absolute thrill One part

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    A gripping naturalist novel delving into the psychological toll of racism on Black interiority There’s so much to critiue about the work from its misogyny to its clunky structure but its influence and forceful condemnation of white supremacy make it still worth reading

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    Maybe it's the inevitable melancholy of getting older but reading this novel for the second time roughly 13 years

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    What a powerful book In narrative theme character and motifs Wright uses his whole arsenal to show us the horrors of racism He seems to be able to reflect back the experience of racism—how it's created and it's cycle of

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