RARA-AVIS: Native Son: was Monster

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 30 May 2004

David Moran wrote: Like most inner-city crime books that become popular, I found it rather poorly written, even from the standpoint of a literary amateur (cf. Jack Black's
"You Can't Win"), and annoyingly obsessed with justifying a violent and fairly useless life.

************* And the ubiquitous "criminal as victim" theme. Richard Wright's NATIVE SON is probably an apex for that theme, but Wright's prose is of a lot higher caliber than most.

I found DEAD I MAY WELL BE in the pile of mail we accumulated after a long weekend at the lake. I'm looking forward to reading it.


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