Richard Wright

Black Boy

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Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi, with poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a “drunkard,” hanging about taverns. Surly, brutal, cold, suspicious, and self-pitying, he was surrounded on one side by whites who were either indifferent to him, pitying, or cruel, and on the other by blacks who resented anyone trying to rise above the common lot.
Black Boy is Richard Wright's powerful account of his journey from innocence to experience in the Jim Crow South. It is at once an unashamed confession and a profound indictment—a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.
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Rita Volkinshtein
Rita Volkinshteinshared an impression3 years ago
👍Worth reading
💡Learnt A Lot

This book has been a revelation for me. It opened a new world, some of it maybe once known to me, but forgotten. I think this is the first book by a black writer I have ever read. Thank you for a great experience! I am hungry for more Richard Wright books.

ht21345678shared an impression4 years ago
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Richard struggles in front of crowds, though he is smart and knows it

Paablo Renato
Paablo Renatoshared an impression2 years ago
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I love this book , I have read over and over . My best of all time


refatbarihas quoted4 years ago
ard and the instant his hand left me I jumped to my feet and broke into a wild run, trying to elude the people who surrounded me, heading for the street. I was caught before I had gone ten paces.
From that moment on things became tangled for me.
A.A. ABDULKAREEMhas quoted4 months ago
Wright was nearly six years dead when Miss Crawford—a thin, short woman with eyeglasses and a warm nature—gave us the books, but his death and his life and his work meant nothing to me that afternoon.
Leticia C
Leticia Chas quotedlast year
Why had I not thought of those things before I fired the curtains?

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