Black Boy, by Richard Wright, is an enchanting non-fiction novel which follows the course of the author’s life from his childhood to his mid-thirties. Early on in his life and during his teenage years, Wright burns down his house in a freak accident, is abandoned by his father and is forced to move from place to place in order to make a sustainable living. As he approaches his twenties, Wright joins a Communist party in Chicago and eventually realizes the corrupt, mangled ideas which are entwined in his society. The primary reason I picked up this book was because of its tendency to appeal and connect to the reader in a personal way. The vivid imagery kept me hooked to this book and pushed me to read every single part. I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who is fascinated by American society in the early 1900s.
Reviewed by Saravan P.