Black Boy

Black Boy Editorial ReviewsSacred FireBlack Boy is Richard Wright s unforgettable story of growing up in the Jim Crow South Published in it is often considered a fictionalized autobiography or an autobiog

  • Title: Black Boy
  • Author: Richard Wright
  • ISBN: 9780060812508
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Paperback
  • Editorial ReviewsSacred FireBlack Boy is Richard Wright s unforgettable story of growing up in the Jim Crow South Published in 1945, it is often considered a fictionalized autobiography or an autobiographical novel because of Wright s use of fiction techniques and possibly fictional events to tell his story Nevertheless, the book is a lyrical and skillfully wrought de Editorial ReviewsSacred FireBlack Boy is Richard Wright s unforgettable story of growing up in the Jim Crow South Published in 1945, it is often considered a fictionalized autobiography or an autobiographical novel because of Wright s use of fiction techniques and possibly fictional events to tell his story Nevertheless, the book is a lyrical and skillfully wrought description of Wright s hungry youth in rural Mississippi and Memphis, told from the perspective of the adult Wright, who was still trying to come to grips with the cruel deprivations and humiliations of his childhood.

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    1. Professor Amy Hungerford points out in her Open Yale lectures:academicearth/lectures/ameat there is a certain amount of well-founded doubt as to the absolute accuracy of this work as an autobiography. Wright, however, does not claim this as his life, but rather as a Record of Youth and Childhood, the tale of a Black Boy growing up in the Southern States between the two World Wars. Thus a generic life. There can be no doubt whatsoever about its emotional authenticity. I read this with a kind of g [...]

    2. I felt something shift in me as a reader as I neared the end of Wright’s autobiography. Where he began relating his experiences of, and delineating his theoretical disagreements with, the Communist party in Chicago, my experience of reading became less interactive, less organic, and to some degree, less interesting. I think I stopped making personal connections to the material. I was no longer reading to discover what feelings, ideas, or insights his story would incite in me. Instead, I began [...]

    3. Black Boy is the book that made me fall in love with reading. I was in Italy with my family on spring break and I was required to read Black Boy for my english class. This book pulled me in. I remember walking around Italy with my nose in the book, barely looking up. I made my step-dad stop in a bookstore so I could buy more books by Richard Wright. I read Native Son next. As Black Boy is Wright's autobiography, I was enthralled with Richard Wright's life and how he was able to escape the hardsh [...]

    4. I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars for Black Boy. I felt that it was similar in structure to Invisible Man by Ellison but the writing, in my opinion was inferior. Like Ellison, the novel starts with Wright's childhood in the South - deserted by his father and always hungry (the original title was American Hunger - he teaches himself to read (a dangerous occupation for a black person in the South of the 20s and discovers and suffers from poverty and racism. However, the narrative was quite ploddin [...]

    5. i’m in the minority (minority. heh heh.) in finding this book superior to ellison’s invisible man. it might not be as daring, might lack the touch of modernist irony, but sometimes ya gotta shove all that aside and recognize a great book for just being a great book. something ellison’s book just ain't.

    6. Gems sometimes come from unexpected places such as Richard Wright’s autobiography/novel Black Boy. I decided to read this because I discovered a free literature course named The American Novel since 1945 from Open Yale and it was the first title discussed. If interested in the course check this link: oyc.yale/english/engl-291.I have to admit that I did not know much about the author (he seems to be famous in the US) and I was not so keen about reading this book even after watching the introduc [...]

    7. Did I seriously just start this book two days ago? I lost track of time while I was reading this. I just sort of fell into it, only coming up for air for pesky things like work. And peeing.I'm ashamed to say I haven't read anything by Richard Wright prior to this. I've been sitting on a few of his books, not really sure what I was waiting for. I decided to start with this one as it's a memoir and I figured a good a place as any to get a feel for an author. Now I'm glad I did so; I learned quite [...]

    8. Here's Richard Wright going door to door in the 1920s Jim Crow South trying to sell his dog for a dollar because he's starving. A white lady offers him 97 cents and, feeling some distant surge of fury inside, he turns her down, goes home with his dog and his hunger. A few days later (view spoiler)[the dog gets run over by a coal truck, (hide spoiler)] and this book is a bummer. This is not quite 100 years ago, this hellish world he's trying to claw out of. The degradation required of black peopl [...]

    9. During some sort of standardized test in high school one of our reading comprehension sections included a section of this book. It was the section where young Richard Wright (living in Alabama?) wanted to read libraby books, but couldn't check books out of the library because he was black. Wright went to the one person in the office where he worked as a janitor who might be sympathetic--because the man was Catholic and also suffered from slights from the other white Southerners. Wright had to as [...]

    10. Every so often I will personally discover a story (not just "know" about it), written before my time, that opens up a world of enlightenment and gives answers to questions I didn't realize I had. Black Boy, the autobiographical memoir of author Richard Wright, is one of those novels. Originally, Black Boy was published as two separate novels (Black Boy and American Hunger). The first dealing with his childhood through late adolescents in the south. The second begins with Wright realizing his dre [...]

    11. 3.5 stars“Our too-young and too-new America, lusty because it is lonely, aggressive because it is afraid, insists upon seeing the world in terms of good and bad, the holy and the evil, the high and the low, the white and the black; our America is frightened of fact, of history, of processes, of necessity. It hugs the easy way of damning those whom it cannot understand, of excluding those who look different, and it salves its conscience with a self-draped cloak of righteousness” ― Richard W [...]

    12. Black Boy is a deeply horrifying and intelligent memoir from Richard Wright, a Mississippi black boy who became so much more than black boys were supposed to become. His earliest memories on a Southern plantation and the tough streets of Memphis become fantastic stories that he, unfortunately, had to live. Richard is different, who knows why, but he’s different. All the black families living on his street are hungry, but Richard wonders why he’s hungry. Why can’t his mother, a cook at a re [...]

    13. (1945)Il libro autobiografico “Black boy” non può essere annoverato tra i classici per virtuosismo letterario: né per il registro linguistico né per la struttura narrativa che ricalca senza originalità un qualunque semplice mémoir.Il valore reale dell’opera di R.W. è quello di poter essere considerato un documento di storia sociale. Raccontandoci la sua vita (dall’infanzia ai vent’anni circa), di fatti, Wright, dà modo al lettore non solo di calarsi nelle atmosfere di un’epoca [...]

    14. As I learned from the excellent free Yale lecture series entitled The American Novel Since 1945 with Amy Hungerford (available on YouTube), Black Boy is in fact part autobiography and part work of fiction. Wright admits that at least several of the events described in the book did not actually happen to him. Instead the work is intended mix his own life with a portrayal of the general experience of a black boy growing up in the American South in the early twentieth century. And what a time it wa [...]

    15. I loved this book, and thought it was nearly perfect up until the last part when he started flirting with the Communist party in Chicago. I just felt there was a jarring disconnect, because he was being so heartfelt and honest about his personal experiences with discrimination and coming of age in a divided America, that the Communist part while fascinating, just felt like it belonged in a different book.On Communism:"I knew, as I watched, that I was looking at the future of mankind, that this w [...]

    16. So much to be said about this book that I couldn't possibly give a good review and include everything.Many times I was left speechless and at times laughed at the innocence of a child who knew no better and was forced to grow up too fast and learn things on his own. Wright was definitely a character and he shares his experience about his family, the many times he had to move and the number of schools he attended because of these moves. He shares his ordeal with hunger, a father who abandons them [...]

    17. Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books; consequently, my belief in books had risen more out of a sense of desperation than from any abiding conviction of their absolute value.If you've found your way to this corner of the Internet, the above quote should look strangely familiar. It's the most popular quote accredited to Richard Wright, and considering the context (as if that were not mandated for every critical engagement), this tells us a great deal [...]

    18. Richard Wright grew up in the woods of Mississippi amid poverty, hunger, fear, and hatred. He lied, stole, and raged at those around him; at six he was a "drunkard," hanging about in 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 t [...]

    19. This books is well written but a classic autobiography of a black boy's journey during the Jim Crow South. I loved this book because it was easy to read, it takes you back in time, intense, and based on literary history. This book is a must have as a collection on a bookshelf.

    20. This was so vast and widely important and touched on so much. I have never felt so personally connected to a book. Maybe when I’ll grow up I’ll make this into a mini series. That’s my dream.

    21. I must admit, right from the start, that this will be a very poor review. It will be a poor review because such a work of wonder and artistry could never be properly praised with mere words alone. I fear I lack the talent to even come near doing justice to the education this book has given me. To the depth of philosophy and emotion drawn forth by Wright's writing. I want to start by sharing why I chose to read this work. Many years ago I purchased a copy of Wright's work, Native Son. I don't rem [...]

    22. IQ "My comrades had known me, my family, my friends; they, God knows, had known my aching poverty. But they had never been able to conquer their fear of the individual way in which I acted and lived, an individuality which life had seared into my life and bones" 363Part of what makes this book so riveting is Richard's individualistic nature. It truly seem to arise out of nowhere, no one in his family nurtured that instinct in him and yet he rises above his circumstances to be extremely curious w [...]

    23. Native Son was assigned in one of my university courses, and I remember it was an electrifying experience for me. I remember doing coursework at a local Starbucks and feeling like I could not put down the book. Of course, we never discussed it fully during our course and I ended up buying Black Boy and Uncle Tom's Children. Recently, I had to organize my book collection at my family home and came across the Harper Perennial Centennial edition of Black Boy.I read it these past two weeks and the s [...]

    24. How. How is this book possible. How can I find my white 90s childhood in Maryland reflected so clearly in recollections of a black, indigent childhood in Jim Crow Mississipi. And yet how can I still see Wright's bloody picture painted so clearly, of the gulf across race and time and geography that he, along with thousands of others, had to travel in order to achieve what little self-actualization America would allow them.How can Wright be so lightning-fisted in his portraits of the abuse of blac [...]

    25. 3.5/5When my teacher started going over the themes that were going to be in this book, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. The first chapter, however, was a great hook and I couldn't stop reading it. Richard Wright had such a hard life yet he somehow survived it all and stayed true to himself. While reading it, I was upset and yet full admiration. This book caused me to question and think about life and the issues that seem to always recur. I remember thinking that he just couldn't get a break [...]

    26. This book is an autobiography about Richard Wright's life. He grew up in the Jim Crow South in terrible living conditions. He was separated from his mother many times because she could not afford to provide for Richard and his brother, he was physically beaten, and verbally abused because of his race. Some parts of the book move rather slow, but for the most part, I really enjoyed reading it. It is so sad to see how people were treated because of their skin color. Ignorant people need to learn c [...]

    27. 3.5 STARSThis was a very upsetting and painful book. It is a raw examination of racism, suffering, and cruelty. It was gorgeously written and insightful, however, all the aspects of PART I that made the book so incredible were almost entirely gone from PART II which unfortunately dampened my enjoyment of this book substantially.

    28. This book was one of those books that I will put it in my heart's library and carry it with myself everywhere as if I were reading it over and over again. This novel is an autobiographical portrayal of Richard Right's life. But this novel isn't just a simple narration of person's life. It's a perfect a description of how it felt to be black in America back in Richard's childhood and youth. It impregnates one with the feeling of being belittled , ignored , tormented and forgotten. As a little bla [...]

    29. Read for English 11Jesus Christ, my head hurts. This thing was an absolute chore to get through. never again. never again.Richard's family was seriously dysfunctional, especially his grandmother and aunt. They were abusive and so terrible to Richard and I absolutely hated them. So while I felt extremely sorry for Richard, I in no way found him likable. he came across to me as condescending and he seemed to look down on the people around him, especially other black people. I could not stand his s [...]

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