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Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
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Apr 13, 12

bookshelves: classics

An African American classic that should be read by everyone. I first read this book for the AP Honors English class and then again on my own as a freshman in college and even used it as the subject of a paper on Post-colonialism. I love this book. There are parts that are really funny, (such as when the unnamed protagonist discovers the freedom of walking down the street and eating his yam in public without being ashamed) and then there are passages that really make one think about race and what it means to be a black man or black woman in America, and more specifically how invisibility, in the protagonist's case at least, might be a solution rather than a problem. After all, as an invisible man, he had more freedom and did not have to worry about living up the expectations of either the white or black communities. I think this is a book everyone should read at least once.
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