Black Boy

Black Boy

(American Hunger) : A Record of Childhood and Youth

Book - 2006
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The author relates his life as an African American growing up in the South during the Jim Crow years.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial ModernClassics, 2006
Edition: First Harper Perennial Modern Classics edition
ISBN: 9780061130243
Branch Call Number: 921 Wrigh
Description: xiv, 419, 14 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: American hunger


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Jun 23, 2020

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Dec 16, 2019

This is a fantastic memoir about a brutal upbringing. I was expecting this book to solely deal with the hardship of growing up black in the Jim Crow south, but Wright was raised by a family who were profoundly flawed and completely violent and abusive towards him. Wright makes both these aspects of the memoir equally gripping (and infuriating).

The best parts of this book are when Wright is observing, decoding and communicating the interactions between whites and blacks in this era in America. Especially in the dialogue.

Sep 29, 2019

This was a pretty good book. Well written and the story was very intriguing. It also gave you an insight of how life was like for a young black kid growing up or at least it gave us an idea. I would definitely recommend the read.

Mar 09, 2019

Excellent teaching about poverty and constant hunger. Very interesting about the communist party in the US and its intersection with race relations. Good background for Native Son.

Aug 25, 2015

Richard Wright tells of the early 20th century south. A dehumanizing place for Blacks. He reveals the utter ignorance that perpetuated the oppression of Blacks and why it was necessary for him to leave the south. It almost seems as though the oppressors were not human. Read carefully and you will uncover the nuances that molded Richard's psyche. He was unusual in more ways than one.

educate41 Oct 24, 2013

This is an amazing book. It is uncompromising about Race and the legacy of Jim Crow and Racism. This book is a must read.

laylajewels Nov 28, 2011

wow absolutely amazing book it's a crime that this book isn't in DOE curriculum! Great story it's sad that not much has changed in the quest of blacks since when this book was written. v_v

snowbird922 Aug 01, 2011

The first three chapters of this book did not originally capture me. I did not feel he was capturing what he was trying to say. As I read on I was so caught up in everything he was feeling. Wright through out the book did not feel his belonging to anything. I love that he made it not about race but about humanity as a whole. The way he longed to express his struggles and the struggles of those around him was so emotional that I could not help to be captivated by his emotion. It's was so crazy that he basically raised himself to be a man and know what was right and wrong that it could literally make him sick. At times he was so hard on himself not even realizing he was doing the best with what he had. Wright was an amazing writer and most of the things he said in this book we could still learn from today. I would recommend this book to everyone.


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Aug 25, 2015

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Feb 06, 2014

This is the autobiography of Richard Wright who grew up in rural Mississippi during the 1920s. He was black, smart, poor, and hard working. I couldn't believe all the jobs he had. Parts were hard to read as discipline back then would be abuse today. Growing up, he thought going North would be the Promised Land but was disappointed when he moved to Chicago and things weren't much different than in the south.


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