Native Son

By Richard Wright
Read by Peter Francis James

17.72 Hours 04/29/2008 unabridged
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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 story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. 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. Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class divisions in America, this powerful novel mirrors the forces of poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape our society.

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Summary

Summary

One of Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005

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 story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.

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. Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class divisions in America, this powerful novel mirrors the forces of poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape our society.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Certainly, Native Son declares Richard Wright’s importance ...as an American author as distinctive as any of those now writing.” New York Times Book Review
“A more compelling story than Native Son has not been written in the twentieth century by an American writer…Wright’s genius was that, in preventing us from feeling pity for Bigger, he forced us to confront the hopelessness, misery, and injustice of the society that gave birth to him.” Amazon.com, editorial review
“Wright's classic 1940 novel about a young African-American man who murders a white woman in 1930s Chicago is a truly remarkable literary accomplishment. Peter Francis James has never been better, bringing the character of Bigger Thomas to life in a profound and moving performance that is as touching as it is truthful.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“After fifty-eight years in print, Wright’s Native Son has acquired classic status…Peter Francis James’s narration is thoughtful and polished.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Richard Wright

Richard Wright won international renown for his powerful and visceral depiction of the black experience. He stands today alongside such African-American luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison, and two of his novels, Native Son and Black Boy, are required reading in high schools and colleges across the nation. He died in 1960.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 17.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English