Invisible Man (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – Oct 1 2007
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Paperback. Pub Date :2001-08-02 Pages: 624 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books The lives of countless millions are evoked in Ralph Ellisons superb portrait of a generation of black Americans. Invisible Man. This Penguin Modern Classics edition includes an introduction by John F. Callahan. as well as an introduction by the author. Ralph Ellisons blistering and impassioned first novel tells the extraordinary story of a man invisible simply because people refuse to see me. Published in 1952 when American society was in the cusp of immense change. the powerfully depicted adventures of Ellisons invisible man - from his expulsion from a Southern college to a terrifying Harlem race riot - go far beyond the story of one individual. As John Callahan says. In an extraordinary imaginative leap. he hit upon a single word for the different yet shared condition of African Americans...
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The story follows an unnamed black man from his student days at a Negro College in the South to his working life in New York City and recruitment by the Brotherhood, a political organization run by whites purporting to befriend the black community and work for racial equality. We follow him on his quest to achieve respectable and successful personhood by accepting the dictates and discipline of leaders who use him as a means to achieve their own objectives with little or no regard for his rights, his intelligence or his feelings. His trust in other people goes unrewarded. As he is repeatedly deceived, he is often backed into corners where he is boxing unknown shadows as well as flesh-and-blood adversaries. He is frequently intellectually manipulated and swindled.Read more ›
The story is about a youthful, unnamed black man, who starts off naive and full of idealism. Throughout the book, he faces different ordeals, transforms himself several times, and makes many discoveries about the society in which he lives, each time growing as an individual and trying to find his identity.
The reason I liked this book so much because the way in which it was written makes you care about something you otherwise might not, let alone know about, how blacks weren't even paid attention to in the United States in the period before the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. They weren't so much oppressed or hated, but rather ignored altogether, which, when you think about it, is much worse. It shows just a taste of how much blacks have been wronged, by whites as well as blacks. It also helped my on my path to finding who I was, even though I am not black myself.
The only thing I really disliked about this book was the slow pacing. In my opinion, the story could have been told in less detail and in less time, while still having the same effectiveness.
This is a book that deals with racism and blacks in society, so know what you're getting into when you read it. Ellison uses a lot of Southern or uneducated diction, which can be confusing at times if you've never heard it spoken before. He also uses a lot of symbols, which I thought were well used and added greatly to the book. This great American novel, though quite lengthy at 500+ pages, is worth the read, even if you're like me and not really into that sort of stuff.Read more ›
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I wish there had been information about writing in the book or I wouldn't have purchased it.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't know which was morer captivating to me: Ellison's writing style or Ellison's message. Obviously a must read for today's generation to understand not only the struggles,... Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by Cherlyn Michaels
Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN tackles an issue that frankly is so huge and complex that you wouldn't think it could be captured in a single novel. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Rocco Dormarunno
I am writing this review to all those who overestimate Ellison as much as to those who underestimate him. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by Joe Adlai
Ralph Ellison, for starters, exhibits a masterful command of the English language and all of its literary power from therein. Read morePublished on April 8 2004 by Chris Salzer
Ellison is the Muhammad Ali, the colossus of fiction - I have never experienced a work of art in ANY medium as rich, provocative and poignant as "Invisible Man. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by J. Park
To be quite honest the book, "Invisible Man" was not what I expected. First, it's entirely too long, somewhat boring, a little confusing and terribly disturbing to me. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Brooke Saunders
Throughout reading this book I found myself questioned with "Why and I reading this". Although very well written, I felt that it took the author 3 pages to say something that... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by Jess