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It is apparently a rather far fetched story of a black teenager. However, as is pointed out in the introduction by the author, the aim of the book is more to reflect the situation of the black community in the inter-war years. The last section, "Fate" is particularly powerful and very political, though a little long winded at times. In summary, I came to this book after reading "Black Boy" by the same author and I would recommend it if you like strong social comments in your novels.
It’s an earth shattering novel that will haunt you long after you’ve put it down. I read it first at university and it still takes my breath away. I’ve never learnt so much and being forced to see through another’s eyes. Utterly breath taking and a brilliant piece of literature that doesn’t get as much credit or recognition as it should. It is a difficult read and uncomfortable at times but Bigger’s story is our story and worthy of your time.
This book I could not put down and a seriously shocking, harrowing story. I appreciated the book from the time he wrote it and the experiences of others. It was well written and interesting. Even though I am still gobsmacked I felt that I connected to every one of the characters at that time.
I liked the fact that the writer didn't hold back on the reality of how black and white people perceived each other's world. Harsh writing that was ground breaking at that time A true reflection of society that could still be true now.