Native Son, Richard Wright

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Incredibly frustrating, yet impossible to put down. Yes, I was torn, torn between the unpleasant tale of the scurrilous brute Bigger Thomas, who murders the daughter from a rich white family, followed by an elaborate fast-paced plot to conceal his crime. The narrative worsens as Bigger goes on to murder his girlfriend, a young black girl, who he fears will reveal his doing. With exception to the first 30 pages, Wright creates an unbelievably encapsulating 1930s drama. Not a book I’d recommend for the faint hearted, and certainly not one suitable to the younger reader, however; credit where credit is due, Wright (as usual) writes with stunning effect.

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