Invisible Man is one such book for me.(less)
When I first read the book last year, the above quote really stood out to me. It seemed very Dostevskyan. It has taken a second reading for me to truly process the content of this book, and still I can ...more
“I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, ...more
Reading "Invisible Man" during a visit to New York was a deeply touching experience. What an incredible bonus to be able to follow in the footsteps of the young man struggling with racial and political identity questions. The physical presence of New York life enhanced the reading, and the city added flavour and sound to the story. Hearing the noise, walking in the lights of the advertisement, seeing the faces from all corners of the world made the main ...more
It is stark, it is poetic, it is difficult, and it is rewarding.
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.
In the meantime, you can read the entire review at ...more
I first read Invisible Man in a college literature course, and my 19-year-old self liked it, but rereading it now was a really powerful experience. I definitely appreciated it more and admired Ellison's vision. This novel is the story of a black man in America. We never learn our narrator's name and we don't know what he looks like, but he feels invisible becaus ...more
what i found most interesting, however, is that despite having lived another forty-two years, ellison never published another novel. from wikipedia:
In 1967, Ellison experie ...more
Part a madman's ramble stream of consciousness, part a touching story of a confused young black man struggling with racial identity, Invisible Man is ...more
First published in 1953, an unnamed narrator and INVISIBLE MAN tells his life stories of fear, or maybe uncertainty is a better word of his place in the world. As a young and very naive black student, he proceeds through his tumultuous life while constantly haunted by his grandfather's dying words.
The beginning chapters share how (OMG!) he was treated in a Har...more
Not just a great African-American novel but a great American novel on the level of Moby-Dick or, The Whale, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Catcher in the Rye.
Written in the early 1950s and with a narrative power as great as any of our finest writers, Ralph Ellison proclaims himself to be one of our best. Crafting metaphor, simile, stream of consciousness, poetry, surrealism, absurdism, and a variety of narrative devices, Ellison’s masterwork must be read.
Using a narrat ...more
I could have sworn that I had read this in college many years ago in an exploratory course where we read Black Like Me and many others. But it didn't take long to realize my mistake when I began reading Ellison's classic. T ...more
One of the defining novels of the 20th century. You don't find racism and bigotry just in the South, you find it everywhere, and in many different forms and layers. Ellison does a masterful job of showing this through his unique style and prose. It's impact and influence on the reader will forever change the way you view your place in society and how your actions influence the lives of those around you.
Revised Feb. 2016.
I struggled with this rating because my experience of reading this book was difficult and laborious. I think some context about the work would have helped me to engage. I wasn't sure what I was delving into when I started ...more
I cannot apologize for what I believed because it was the only way I could have ...more
This classic novel stirs the soul--in the boom-boom, rat-a-tat-tat of drummers in a huge, swaggering marching band.
While he meticulously plotted INVISIBLE MAN, Ralph Ellison successfully styled this classic in many ways as a virtuoso would a jazz improvisation, conjuring fertile imagery in lush and metrical prose. The book centers on an unnamed narrator, the Invisible Man, as he is expelled from an African-Americ ...more
The only reason why I wasn’t entirely in love with this novel is because I found myself a bit put off by the the plot sometimes, and even more so at the disinterest I felt towards other characters. What kept me going though was the engaging voice of the narrator and Ellison’s unique writing. It is a novel that truly captures the heart of American literature.
Lovely narration by Joe Morton.
The eloquent unnamed narrator is a black man who participates in a con ...more
Now I know men are different and that all life is divided and that only in division is there true health.The rhythm of this! (sorry, long sentence ahead, so (view spoiler)[
As I drove,...more
faded and yellowed pictures of the school’s early days displayed in the library flas
There are some memorable characters, I would like t ...more