19 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful
Melissa W. reviewed Native Son: And How Bigger Was Born on
Helpful Score: 3
I put off reading this book for quite some time due to its length. But what I found was not just a story that chronicles a young black man's experience in an urban environment, but a compelling story about choices, racism and fear. I felt that this book was not only compelling, but a snapshot into life after Jim Crow, but before the civil rights movement. The "Bigger Thomas" character invented by Wright was not just a means of relaying a fascinating story about crime in Chicago, but Bigger indeed stands for bigger things: America's mixed attitudes about race and intention.
I read this book and it was a great book. It gave me a look into how it was to live in those times as a black person. It's a book I think every teen should read. It's well written easy to follow and holds your interest until the end.
One of my all time favorite books. It is the story of Bigger Thomas, a young black man living in 1930s Chicago who feels his options are limited because of his race. Through a series of events, Bigger gains the power he desires, but at what cost.
I read this book back in high school and still remember it, while most of the other books I read at the time I found rather forgettable. The book made quite an impression and I would recommend it to just about anyone. It is a page turner that keeps the reader fascinated and horrified right until the end, meanwhile providing an inside look at the difficulties that African-Americans faced in the time period between the abolition of slavery and obtaining rights through the civil rights movement.
caringreader reviewed Native Son: And How Bigger Was Born on
This is a very powerful, thought provoking book about the black experience in America which opens the consciousness for all American readers of what it means to live in a multi-racial society in which power splits along racial lines. I could not put it down as the story focuses on the very difficult life of a young black man living on the south side of Chicago and the ramifications of living the black experience in America.
Dark and violent tale of a young black man who murders in a moment of drunken panic and who spirals into ever-escalating violence as he attempts to cover up the act and escape from the bleakness of his life.
This story was written in the 1940's and is about a young Black man in Chicago in the 1930's. It is well-written and very troubling. If anyone talks about the "good old days", they certainly weren't good for Black people. The language and telling of the story are excellent, although the 1940's language and expressions are a little dfficult to read. The outcome of the the story was obvious from the first; that was the point. I recommend it to anyone that likes to think about what they read.
I had to read this book in high school with a teacher who was enamored of it. While she managed to take other books and guide discussion & reading to make them excellent & contextual & useful...this one, not so much. I hated it. I didn't like it reading it on my own, I didn't enjoy the discussions, I got very little out of it. I have no idea why this thing is considered a classic. I am very sad to see it still being assigned--there has to be a better book to fulfill whatever purpose this one is supposed to.