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Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Invisible Man
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Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one... show more
Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952.  A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century.  The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.  The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679732761 (0679732764)
ASIN: 679732764
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 608
Edition language: English
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
5.0 INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison
Beautiful prose. I loved the lyricism of his words. His writing flows. This book is a timely today as when it was written and during the time it is set. Unfortunately not much has changed in the U.S. regarding how people are seen or not seen and used. Everyone needs to read this.
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
5.0 Invisible Man
1. I had 39 status updates from this one, most of them quotations. This book is highly quotable. I'm not even sure Invisible Man is a 'good' - i.e. traditional - novel (I will consider this in a moment), but the quotability of this! Now I know men are different and that all life is divided and that ...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
1.0 Invisible Man
This story unfolds as an unnamed narrator begins to describe how he became an invisible man. We follow the 'invisible man' through the 1920s right up to the 1950s. Ralph Ellison wrote this book in response to the black existentialism that was going on through the black community in the 1950s. I woul...
manugw
manugw rated it
3.0 Depends if you have grown up or not in the US, it will be the magnitude of your understanding
This is a quirky book. The man is an African American speaking in first person from beginning to end, Throughhout the narrative he tells part of his life story and surrounding events from a sociological standpoint, that is what is being an African American and how this relates to every event of your...
spoko
spoko rated it
I was quite uncomfortable with a significant part of this book. I recognize that for a lot of people—authors and readers alike—discomfort is an end in itself. For me it's not. I don't need to be overtly challenged in that way to find a book meaningful. That said, I recognize that discomfort has its ...
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