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Black Boy (P.S.) [Paperback]

By Richard Wright & Edward P. Jones (Foreward By)
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Traces the author's coming of age in the Jim Crow-era South, a period during which he struggled to survive while journeying from innocence to adulthood.

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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.

Item Specifications...

Pages   419
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Harper Perennial Modern Classics
ISBN  0061443085  
EAN  9780061443084  

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Uninspiring and boring, sorry that's how I feel about it  Nov 17, 2009
I do not deny that what the author went through was horrible, but this book is not at all interesting. The first part was okay, but later on it just drags on and on and I failed to see the point of the book. At the end it just became a collection of rants and blames. I've read plenty of other books describing people enduring hardships, but those books are actually inspirational instead of whiny.
An Early Address to Racism  Sep 22, 2009
Published in 1945, this book tells the autobiographical story of Richard Wright's childhood, adolescence, and early adult years. The book is divided into two sections: "Southern Night" and "The Horror and the Glory". "Southern Night" is about Richard's childhood and adolescence in the south. Wright spent his childhood in Mississippi. Naturally, growing up the Deep South in the 1910s and 20s, he witnessed various forms of racism and persecution, not only from whites, but also at home with an abusive mother and other relatives. Facing such hard times, Wright does not find solace in religion and becomes highly critical of it at an early age. I think this shows that he was more intuitive than other 10-15 year olds, not to say that criticism of religion shows intelligence, but the fact that he is able to criticize a firmly established institution, despite growing up in a religious family and society. He is willing to stand alone for what he believes and the way he does it shows maturity, not stubbornness. As Wright gets older, he leaves Mississippi for Memphis, and independence. Again he encounters racism here and many blacks that are willing to tolerate it because of ignorance, necessity, and flat out complacency. Aggravated, he goes farther north to Chicago in search of tolerance and respect. This is where "Southern Night" ends. "The Horror and the Glory" detail Wright's Chicago years. In Chicago, he finds some acceptance but not as much as he had hoped. He falls in with a group of American Communists and begins to identify with them. This endeavor again falls short of his expectations as small disputes get him expelled from the group.

This book was one of the first to address racism as a social problem and, like Native Son, helped many blacks come to this realization. But while the subject of racism is quite touchy, Wright never becomes preachy about it. He doesn't point the finger accusingly at one group or the other and shows many instances of whites showing tolerance. The bulk of the story is told in multiple anecdotes that Wright adds meaning to. Wright does take some liberties though. He probably embellishes on some of the facts, and as Professor Amy Hungerford (her Yale lecture is available at Yale's Open Yale classes online) has pointed out, this book should be viewed more as a piece of creative fiction rather than an official autobiography. Nevertheless, there is a realism here that makes all of the stories at the very least believable. Wright's stories are so interesting that the book can quickly become a page turner. Critics dub Black Boy to be "one of the most important works in African-American literature", and I think they're correct. This is an interesting, educating, and an enjoyable read.
took too long to ship  Sep 17, 2009
It took forever to get the book. When I finally did get it, it was in decent condition.
If you like learning about the black experience  May 30, 2009
This was a great read, written by a man who grew up in Mississip during Jim Crow. His life was anything but easy, yet he preservered and became a wonderful story teller.Very interesting and informative, would recommend to anyone.
very good book!  Mar 29, 2009
Thanks, this book is really good and for the price, it was a good deal!

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