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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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Reading For The Heck Of It
Reading For The Heck Of It rated it
3.0 The examination of others that leads to the self
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison is another title from the list of 100 books compiled for the Great American Read. (Have you voted today?) I feel somewhat chagrined that I had never heard of this classic until I checked out this list. The reader follows a nameless narrator who tells the story of his d...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
3.5 Difficult
On various fronts. The overarching subject, the sense of hopelessness, helplessness and despair, the long-winded, meandering way the story is told (which is on par with the idea that it is a stream-of-conscience recount), and the purpose way in which this guy's obliviousness is made plain (and cring...
Quite the Wondering Selection
Quite the Wondering Selection rated it
3.0 Invisible Man
Decent and unique read. I relate it to books in the spirit of things like Catch 22. Loved the whole Mr. Norton part on the drive, the slave house, and then the bar. Some of the New York part, with the Brotherhood got overdone in my opinion, but good read as a whole.
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 ...
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