The Outsider

The Outsider

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Cross Damon is a man at odds with society and with himself--a man of superior intellect who hungers for peace but who brings terror and destruction wherever he goes.

From Richard Wright, one of the most powerful, acclaimed, and essential American authors of the twentieth century, comes a compelling story of a black man's attempt to escape his past and start anew in Harlem. The Outsider is an important work of fiction that depicts American racism and its devastating consequences in raw and unflinching terms. At once brilliantly imagined and frighteningly prescient, it is an epic exploration of the tragic roots of criminal behavior.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008.
Edition: First Harper Perennial modern classics edition
ISBN: 9780061450174
0061450170
Branch Call Number: WRIGHT R
Characteristics: xxxi, 597, 38 pages : portraits ; 21 cm.

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Al6Hameed
Sep 25, 2015

Wright's keen insight tells how psychopaths run roughshod over the simple-minded. How religion is used to keep them fearful ( of what?) and subdued. They are not free says Cross, a psychopath. It seems as though psychopaths come in two flavors. One is an incompetent wretch. He blames his programmed self-hatred. Which seems reasonable. The other is a pure soulless beast. His behavior is natural. They meet and play a deadly game. They both lose. It seems that Wright doesn't mind revealing a part of his psyche (the ego part). Does this make him a genius or something else? The next question is, do these characters exist... somewhere?

laylajewels Jan 05, 2012

omg THIS BOOK WAS GREAT I FEEL BAD FOR Cross and Lionel and Eva I wonder if everything was exactly the same if Lionel would've loved Eva as much is she were black or was he caught up ? Good story though

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Sep 25, 2015

Al6Hameed thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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