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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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May 19, 12

bookshelves: owned-books, fiction-literature
Read from May 09 to 15, 2012 — I own a copy

What a great book with so many great themes. In a nutshell, a young black man of the Jim Crow south is tired of being "invisible" or just a member of a race instead of being seen as an individual, so he heads to NYC looking for a new start. He gets sucked into a Communist group by chance and is recruited to be their spokesman and "community organizer" against the system and a rival black nationalist group fighting for dominance of Harlem. He soon realizes he once again "invisible" and is being used as a tool to serve the agenda of the Commies and must fight his way out.

This is a great story of society, racism, and conformity, and finding oneself and idividuality against the influence and presure of being a member of a race, ethnic group,gender, or social class alone.

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