But opening these pages 30 years later, I was just blown away. Without a doubt this book is an indictment on race relations in the United States during this period. Wright shows how degradation and demoralization of a people can have tragic consequences for us all. He illustrates how one's validation can come from something as horrific as murder. And that even when you want to do the right thing, the social boundaries of race can make a person act out of desperation and then in a twisted way become validated by that very thing they knew was wrong.
I understand why the New York Times named this one of the 100 best books written in the 20th century. Wright illustrates how race relations in America has deeply wounded us all. I didn't know who I was angrier with most, Bigger or America. The book was laced with powerful and rich themes of class, Communism, race relations, Democracy, equal protection, I could just go on and on. If you have not read this book in years, it is worth picking up. But take your time, it is a heavy read.
The online book discussion for Native Son will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Just go to the RLT Reads page on the blog and sign into the chat. Can't wait to see what you think of Native Son.
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat. It is a wonderful book. I first read it for the Oprah Book Club. I will re-read it with you so I can be caught up for the discussion.
I do not yet have a date for the discussion. I'm trying to see if I can get the author to participate in the online discussion with us. My goal is the last week of March. It's a short book, about 230 pages. You can buy it through my Amazon Store if you like. Happy reading.
Note: I am postponing the book from Tina McElroy Ansa. I didn't get a chance to work out all the details because of my unexpected bout with pneumonia. It will come in a couple of months.
I am also looking for someone to help me with the administrative work for the book club. I'm still trying to enter all the information and email addresses so I can officially begin emailing you.