Invisible Man

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Penguin, 1999 - African American men - 468 pages
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The 'invisible man' is the unnamed narrator of Ralph Ellison's blistering, impassioned novel of black lives in 1940s America. Defeated and embittered by a country which treats him as a non-being, he has retreated into an underground cell, where he smokes, drinks, listens to jazz and recounts his search for identity in white society; as an optimistic student in the Deep South, in the north with the black activist group the Brotherhood, and in the Harlem race riots. Powerfully told, angry and often violent, Invisible Man goes beyond the compelling story of one man to evoke the lives of millions of African-Americans with an urgency that has potent relevance today.

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Great writing, characters, and storytelling. - Goodreads
The prose was a little wordy for my preferences - Goodreads
Masterful! Educational! - Goodreads
Brilliant opening, genius ending... - Goodreads
The plot was just too boring for me. - Goodreads
Absolutely brilliant, excellent visual imagery. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Zbhall - Goodreads

Dang. What an opening chapter. The rest....well, a great book. People suck. Minus a star for making me sad. Read full review

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User Review  - Corey Wozniak - Goodreads

Nightmarish. A few scenes in this novel--the Battle royal scene in particular-- are unforgettable. The playful, jazzy language can be as dizzying as a carnival ride, and just as fun. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Ralph Ellison (March 1, 1914 - April 16, 1994) has the distinction of being one of the few writers who has established a firm literary reputation on the strength of a single work of long fiction. Writer and teacher, Ralph Ellison was born in Oklahoma City, studied at Tuskegee Institute, and has lectured at New York, Columbia, and Fisk universities and at Bard College. He received the Prix de Rome from the Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955, and in 1964 he was elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has contributed short stories and essays to various publications. Invisible Man (1952), his first novel, won the National Book Award for 1953 and is considered an impressive work. It is a vision of the underground man who is also the invisible African American, and its possessor has employed this subterranean view and viewer to so extraordinary an advantage that the impression of the novel is that of a pioneer work. A book of essays, Shadow and Act, which discusses the African American in America and Ellison's Oklahoma boyhood, among other topics, appeared in 1964. Ralph Ellison died on April 16, 1994 of pancreatic cancer and was interred in a crypt at Trinity Church Cemetery in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan.

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