Book Review: Black Boy – Richard Wright

This autobiography deeply moved me by the emotions and personal connection it included. Set in Deep South we are given a detailed memoir of the upbringing of Richard himself. This book starts off with the protagonist setting fire to his grandmother’s house at only four years of age, his mischievousness continues as his curiosity gets the best of him. Published in 1945, but set during the 1920’s, this book showed racial segregation at it’s finest and Richard Wright’s inquisitiveness to know what’s happening. Living in poverty was the centerpiece of Richard’s life, the emphasis of his hunger is portrayed through his language. We get the gripping description of his fight and battle as he grows up in this confining institution.

What I love most about this book, is that Richard refuses to conform to the views of his family and peers, he stays true to himself. He portrays a great example of how to be confident within himself whilst striving to achieve his best. This is a great life lesson as well as a fantastic book, it teaches how to be strong as a person whilst learning the hard way to achieve better results.  But also heavily touches on how the curiosity of young children are displayed and how they yearn to learn more.

I would definitely recommend this book, his writing is one of the most influential for American literature. I have spread the word about this book to friends, family and teachers!

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