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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
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Before starting this novel, I had read several interviews with Colson Whitehead, and reading them added to my understanding of THE NICKEL BOYS. Mr Whitehead chose to write about a piece of history which even he had known nothing about before 2014: a reform school for boys which operated for decades and where children were treated with cruelty and brutality.
A deeply disturbing and shocking novel about two black boys in the 1960s who are sent to the so-called reform school, The Nickel Academy, who become friends and who undergo massive, horrific psychological and physical abuse during their stay there.
THE NICKEL BOYS is not a long novel, but it does comprise a lot of anger, helplessness, pain and despair. I am certain I will reread this novel again, for its intensity and narration. This is not a novel that leaves a reader indifferent …
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January 6, 2019 – Shelved
January 6, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 16, 2019 – Started Reading
July 17, 2019 –
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message 1: by Carol (new) - added it

Carol I just downloaded this one! I'll look forward to your review!


Beata Just finished it, Carol ..... For me, it is another literary achievement by Mr Whitehead .... Enjoy your time with this novel, Carol :)


❤️ Paulette  Alphas Review Happy Reading L💕ve ツ😘


Lucy C Lane Just finished it too, Beata. Fantastic, I agree with your rating! Will also look forward to your review.


Beata This novel is so powerful, Lucy ... I'm happy it impressed you so much :))


RedemptionDenied Excellent review, Beata! This sounds very harrowing; especially as its based on true events.


message 7: by sue (new) - rated it 5 stars

sue I’ve got my copy too. Heard it’s quite unsettling


Jenna Sounds like a difficult read but glad you enjoyed it so much, Beata!


message 9: by Julie (new)

Julie Excellent review, Beata!! 💖


message 10: by Kevin (new) - added it

Kevin Ansbro I've added this. Great review, Beata!


message 11: by JV (semi-hiatus) (new)

JV (semi-hiatus) Wonderfully reviewed dear Beata! 🤗


message 12: by Richard (new)

Richard An excellent, succinct review Beata ......... I’ve heard good things about this book.


Judith E I just started this and the first line is impactful.


Kathleen Great review!


message 15: by Lisa (new) - rated it 5 stars

Lisa Great review - I will be reading this in the next day or so!


Beata RedemptionDenied wrote: "Excellent review, Beata! This sounds very harrowing; especially as its based on true events."
Thank you, RD :)) Yes, another grand offering by Mr Whitehead ...


Beata sue wrote: "I’ve got my copy too. Heard it’s quite unsettling"
It is, Sue, however, the narration makes it unputdownable ...


Beata Jenna wrote: "Sounds like a difficult read but glad you enjoyed it so much, Beata!"
Yes, Dear Jenna, I was kind of glued to each page .....


Beata Julie wrote: "Excellent review, Beata!! 💖"
Thank you, Dear Julie :))


Beata Kevin wrote: "I've added this. Great review, Beata!"
Thank you, Kevin :)) Can't wait to your review ....


Beata JV (semi-hiatus) wrote: "Wonderfully reviewed dear Beata! 🤗"
Thank you, Dear JV :))


Beata Richard wrote: "An excellent, succinct review Beata ......... I’ve heard good things about this book."
Thanks, Richard :)) This novel is distrubing, not to every reader's taste perhaps, but it made a tremendous impression on me ....


Beata Nicola wrote: "Wonderful review Beata! I’ve read some really great reviews for this !
So glad to see you enjoyed it! 🥰"

Thank you, Nicola :))


Beata Judith wrote: "I just started this and the first line is impactful."
There is so much in this rather thin novel, Judith .... can't wait to your review! :)


Beata Kathleen wrote: "Great review!"
Thank you, Kathleen :))


Beata Lisa wrote: "Great review - I will be reading this in the next day or so!"
I'm looking forward to your review, Lisa :))


message 27: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Excellent review Beata, hearing such great things about this one 🤗


Beata Thank you, Maureen :)) It definitely stands out among books published recently ....


message 29: by leslie hamod (new) - added it

leslie hamod Wonderful review Beata! Beautifully written and to the point! Sound a bit disturbing, would I like it?😘


Beata Thank you, Dear Leslie :)) I guess this may be too upsetting to read, those events are now the past, however, reading about cruelty towards children under the cover of institutional rehabilitation is hard .... Please, read other reviews before you decide to add this novel .... I wouldn't like anything to upset you, especially that the novel is based on facts ..... it makes is powerful yet sad ....


message 31: by Peter (new) - added it

Peter Excellent review, Beata and this sounds a very intense novel. Thanks!! :):)


Beata Thanks a bunch, Peter :)) It did touch me deeply ....


message 34: by leslie hamod (new) - added it

leslie hamod Thankyou so much dear Beata. You know me very well! I will take your advice and wait. Perhaps I will toughen up a bit first! I do get easily upset. You are the most beautiful person and thoughtful friend!😘


message 35: by Kinga (new) - added it

Kinga This one is on my list to read this year. It sounds like a very powerful book, so I am trying to steel myself up for all the pain which will come whilst reading it. Thank you for your review, Beata. It’s insightful, as they always are. 🙂


message 36: by Jaline (new) - added it

Jaline Excellent review, Beata!


message 38: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Great review, Beata. I have been trying to get a copy.


message 39: by J.C. (new)

J.C. Another powerful review, Beata, and I like your consideration of others in your comments (your response to Leslie).


message 40: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Wonderful review, Beata! This sounds like it was a difficult novel to read... but an important one!I just got a copy of it and I'll be reading it soon! Thanks for your review! :)


Beata Brenda - Traveling Sister wrote: "Great review Beata!"
Thank you, Brenda :))


Beata Kinga wrote: "This one is on my list to read this year. It sounds like a very powerful book, so I am trying to steel myself up for all the pain which will come whilst reading it. Thank you for your review, Beata..."
I've just read that Mr Whitehead's going to be in London at the end of August .... I wish I could attend the meeting with him .... I'm sure this isn't going to be an easy read for you, Kinga, but through reading this novel we pay respect to all victims ...


Beata Jaline wrote: "Excellent review, Beata!"
Thank you, Jaline :))


Beata Barbara wrote: "Great review, Beata. I have been trying to get a copy."
Thank you, Barbara :)) My copy was from Overdrive, but I'm going to buy my own soon ...


Beata J.C. wrote: "Another powerful review, Beata, and I like your consideration of others in your comments (your response to Leslie)."
Thank you, Jeanne :)) We've been friends with Leslie for quite some time now, and I know what books she avoids :) She's a wonderful, delicate and sensitive woman :)


Beata Darlene wrote: "Wonderful review, Beata! This sounds like it was a difficult novel to read... but an important one!I just got a copy of it and I'll be reading it soon! Thanks for your review! :)"
Appreciate you kind comment, Darlene :)) I'm looking forward to your review :)


message 47: by leslie hamod (new) - added it

leslie hamod Thankyou dear Beata for suggesting that I not read this yet because it would upset me. You have come to know me so very well! I have been reading the reviews and wanted to thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness. You are right. I don't think I can read this book, not because I want to hide, but because I know I probably would be physically I'll afterward. I'm so grateful to have such a caring friend, who takes the time and effort to know her friends. With my health precarious at best, I appreciate you!💙 XOXO


message 48: by leslie hamod (new) - added it

leslie hamod Thankyou so much dear J.C. Milne for your kind comment to Beata regarding her consideration towards me in regards to this book. She is one of my oldest Goodreads friends and knows and understands me so well. I am touched by my Goodreads family and the kindness shown to me. My health is precarious on a good day at best. Emotional upset can cause me significant harm. I am indebted and grateful to have such friends. And Beata, Thankyou, your card and love are evident in all you say and do.💙


message 49: by leslie hamod (new) - added it

leslie hamod Oops! Not card! Care. And to C.J., not I'll, but ill. My autocorrect had taken over! Lol!


Beata Dear Leslie, you're always in my heart, and thoughts, and I'm sorry I can't help you in any other way .... Thank you for your warm words, I just hope I truly deserve them :) BTW, there's one book I'd recommend :) and it's on your list: The Kingdom Of Ice ... I know you're into this kind of stories, and this one is splendid :)) I started it, but didn't manage to finish, and now I'm waiting for my turn to continue reading, as it's a library copy. It might be a buddy read, Leslie :) Lots of hugs to you!!!


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