The Outsider

The Outsider Wright presents a compelling story of a black man s attempt to escape his past and start anew in Harlem Cross Damon is a man at odds with society and with himself a man who hungers for peace but who

Wright presents a compelling story of a black man s attempt to escape his past and start anew in Harlem Cross Damon is a man at odds with society and with himself, a man who hungers for peace but who brings terror and destruction wherever he goes.As Maryemma Graham writes in her Introduction to this edition, with its restored text established by the Library of America, Wright presents a compelling story of a black man s attempt to escape his past and start anew in Harlem Cross Damon is a man at odds with society and with himself, a man who hungers for peace but who brings terror and destruction wherever he goes.As Maryemma Graham writes in her Introduction to this edition, with its restored text established by the Library of America, The Outsider is Richard Wright s second installment in a story of epic proportions, a complex master narrative designed to show American racism in raw and ugly terms The stories of Bigger Thomas and Cross Damon bear an uncanny resemblance to many contemporary cases of street crime and violence There is also a prophetic note in Wright s construction of the criminal mind as intelligent, introspective, and transformative In addition to the Introduction by Maryemma Graham, this edition includes a notes section by Arnold Rampersad.

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  1. Richard Nathaniel Wright was an African American author of powerful, sometimes controversial novels, short stories and non fiction Much of his literature concerned racial themes His work helped redefine discussions of race relations in America in the mid 20th century.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.

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  1. I must admit, I unknowingly stood unprepared as this book emotionally and essentially intruded upon me I now feel an acute fear in realizing the damage It will likely haunt me, or dictate any future understanding I have of myself, and may signify a definitive point in my everlasting development Forgive me, as the following will not implicate the kind of perversity which this work played in my mind I have to embrace it before you can And this may never come to pass.History will undoubtedly memori [...]

  2. Io non so neppure quello che faccio, infatti non quello che voglio io faccio, ma quello che detesto Chiesi che mi inviassero l elenco dei libri lasciati dal defunto Cross Damon Li ricevetti prima di sera ed ebbi di cosa essere soddisfatto Avevo trovato la prima vera traccia ed erano i suoi Nietzsche, Hegel, Jaspers, Heidegger, Husserl, Kierkgaard, Dostoevskji Capii d avere a che fare con un uomo avvelenato da idee malsane.Al centro dell opera di Wright c l individuo con le sue pulsioni interessa [...]

  3. he took a lot of heat for this one because it departs in some ways from his earlier writings, especially for its scathing critique of the communist party and the white left and its exploration of existentialism i think it s brilliant and deep thinking on violence, identity, victimization, political organizing, love, and the human condition.

  4. The story is like a resetting of Crime and Punishment There s the main character, a young man who cuts off relations with his family, acts out of his own idealism and disenchantment with the world, commits murder than once, tries to help the people he thinks are worth helping, then there s the sympathetic detective who has him figured out But it s different Richard Wright builds the story around diferent philosophies like Nietzsche and Heidegger, but he sets those philosophies up for failure He [...]

  5. Great novel by 1950 s Harlem Renaissance black writer Richard Wright Its an expressly philosophical book that includes the ideas of Nietzsche, Sartre, Kierkegaard and The story of a black existentialist bordering on nihilism who is torn between fascists and communists It blurs the line between a pulpy crime story and a high literary novel.All my praise.

  6. I enjoyed this book The first part has an amazing tension that is very driving and admirable and makes me want to write heavily plotted novels Toward the end, the novel becomes a little bogged down in the specifics of ideas philosophies etc which is okay but sometimes I felt like I already understood much of it from the first part and that it was only there to make sure I got it just in case I happened to be sort of dense But that was okay It s still good.

  7. Richard Wright s The Outsider is a phenomenal novel that draws the reader to the dark side of the life of the main character Cross Damon This extraordinary character introduces the reader to a man who lives outside the norms, expectations, rules, and laws of society He embraces no ideological, societal or governmental theories, and he claims no religious prinicipals Wright allows the reader to imagine the life of an individual who has little emotional regard for his family, who constantly succom [...]

  8. Great book that not only deals with race, but also deals with man feeling free enough to behave however he wants without thinking about the consequences Interesting how his character develops from a man trapped in his life, to a man completely free and then back towards a life where his actions have effects on everything and everyone else around him I would recommend this book.

  9. This is by far Richard Wright s best book It is based on sartre and camus, but Wright adapts the questions of existentialism to the slums of 1930s black Chicago I recommend it to anyone who likes the bizarre, the eerie, and the provocative.

  10. Absolutely engaging There are so many emotional memories and moments tied to this book, I ll have to wait and write a summary.4.5

  11. Cross Damon, postier noir, p re de famille, risque gros apres avoir s duit une jeune fille de seize ans L opportunit d chapper ses ennuis et de recommencer une nouvelle vie s offre lui quand il passe pour mort dans un accident de m tro Reconnu par un ancien coll gue, il le tue et fuit Chicago pour New York sous une nouvelle identit Il y rencontre un groupe communiste auquel il s int gre, mais est contraint de tuer deux reprises encore Un procureur s attachera cerner la personnalit complexe de Da [...]

  12. Because I recently read Invisible Man again and it s long and draining and pretty much exactly from the same year as this book, I thought I would journal about this book as I am reading for a somewhat different sense of it.Section 1 Pages 1 150 This book starts off with a group of friends bullshitting in the street As Cross Damon makes away from his group, he starts to feel a deeply encroaching stress and pressure take hold of him We are subject to this stress from a close narrative, third perso [...]

  13. Richard Wright s The Outsider tells the story of Cross Damon, a black man living in Chicago around 1950 who, after a narrowly escaping death in a freak El derailment, lets the world believe he is dead and leaves for New York City to live as a ghost, a non entity, an outsider But when he gets to NY he finds his past life s habits impossible to leave behind Damon, an intellectual prone to obsessive thought and bouts of self loathing, is borne immutably down the path he had tread his entire life, o [...]

  14. I had a hard time with this one I wanted to like Cross but I couldn t stand his character most of the time He was extremely intelligent which was probably the only thing I admired about him Besides that, I did not like the darker side of him that entailed him hitting his wife, abandoning his kids, lying to everyone he met, and murdering four men The writing was actually pretty good and only once was I really unable to keep reading if you read the book, it s the part where Cross talks for maybe t [...]

  15. Still have 100 pages left, but I feel pretty safe rating this five stars I have yet to read a book by Wright I didn t love He writes so clearly and engagingly he can make even dense philosophical passages breezy This is not for you if you don t like novels of ideas or novels that deal with political, social, and idealogical issues It s essentially Wright s take on an existential novel The books that it seems most similar to are The Stranger and Crime and Punishment It s much interesting and exp [...]

  16. A shocking turn a quarter of the way through leads you barreling through the type of experience whose joy we all might seemingly idendtify with Good Read.

  17. Another powerful read from Richard Wright THE OUTSIDER tells the story of Cross Damon a man who has an opportunity to assume a new identity and start life anew, but can he ever truly be comfortable in society POSSIBLE SPOILERS Unlike some of his other works e.g NATIVE SON, BLACK BOY , race is not a central theme in this book, though it certainly has its place The story here is one with existential overtones throughout, with Cross attempting to find meaning in the world or maybe not Indeed, a cen [...]

  18. Like Native Son, Wright explores the psychology of racism and economic oppression through the eyes of a lumpen Black character this time a working class intellectual who becomes an anti communist serial killer after reading Nietzsche, Heidegger, Kierkegaard etc yes, really and after suffering a series of hardships in his personal life The protagonist s criminality is also a manifestation of his struggle to affirm a traditional masculinity in the context of racism and poverty an issue implied, bu [...]

  19. I have so much good to say about this novel I just wish wright didn t feel the need to mirror John Galt in Atlas Shrugged so often The Outsider has a lot to say about our world The fact it was published 64 doesn t diminish that fact If anything, it highlights the agons which carries this nation through the election of 2016, but the reader should not pick it up for that reason.The one reason to read it is Cross Damon This is a character driven story that committed me to the fate he shapes with hi [...]

  20. this is a straight up russian novelist level novel it s been well reviewed many times over, but i ll just say i am in awe of his writing here deep into the psyche of his characters, the geographic and political landscapes they inhabited, the web he created is intricately and thoughtfully developed for me and I find the same with reading russian novelists the actual narrative didn t grab me as much as the insight that it enabled Why were some people fated, like Job, to live a never ending debate [...]

  21. Modern man still believes in magic he lives in a rational world but insists on interpreting the events of that world in terms of mythical forces After reading Native Son, I thought I was prepared for what Richard Wright had in stored with this book, however Native Son although it was a genius of a novel, it was only the 1st level of Richard Wrights literary genius This book is beyond racial division and the problems that revolve around that This book takes a look into the true nature of us, man, [...]

  22. This book is engaging and thought provoking I do not want to include spoilers So, I will just say that this sort of book will force you to ponder so many aspects of life that have not changed since the 50 s From beginning to end, you find yourself becoming all of the characters as you share their take of the main character in the standard phases It also became clear that Cross was not always honest with himself and trying to analyze some of his actions thought patterns in those moments added ano [...]

  23. This book gave me a lot of mixed feelings I thought that it presented a lot of really great topics and philosophical ideas, particularly about existentialism and the relevance of political parties in the human world, but I was very frustrated by the blatant ableism and sexism Granted, Wright wrote this in an era when both of these things were rampant, but as a contemporary reader, I found myself interested in and repelled by those topics than anything else mentioned in the book.I also thought t [...]

  24. This book establishes Wright as the Ayn Rand of African American literature prone to melodrama, a confusion of narcissism for self scrutiny, and seemingly of the belief that the words you devote to a shallow philosophy rooted in high school level anthropological theories, the substantial it becomes A bloated, interminable bore If starting out on Wright, do try Black Boy or Native Son there s some breathtaking, powerhouse writing there, and even when the lawyer gets on the soapbox in Native Son [...]

  25. this was a good book i rated it 5 5 because it was bout two gangs one of them were soc s nd the other was greasers it was bout how one gang the socs were rich and the other gang was poor the part i like alot bout the book is when the girl cherry like pony boy because he went to save the kids from the burning church The person that changed a lot was Ponyboy because when his friend died he had to stop being bad because he did want to die like his friend did the way he changed was he stop hanging o [...]

  26. In New York things go bad for the outsider Killing rampages happen Communists turn into nothing than men who want power The outsider meets a Jean Rhysian girl and likes her I think she is the only person he likes in the entire book, but that turns out badly too The outsider goes on a 10 page rant explaining his worldview that part was actually excellent You go thru 400 pages with this outsider and realize at the end that you didn t like him, never liked him, but maybe feel sorry for him I still [...]

  27. First African American novel I ve read This writer is really great.From This novel presents ideas which examines life in the light of modern philosophies The hero of The Outsider, named with symbolism, Cross Damon, represents the 20th century man in frenzied pursuit of freedom Cross is an intellectual Negro, the product of a culture which rejects him He is further alienated by his habit of incessant reflection , his feeling that the experiences and actions of his life have so far taken place wit [...]

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