Invisible Man
ISBN: 0679723137
EAN13: 9780679723134
Language: English
Pages: 581
Dimensions: 1.6" H x 7.9" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time - Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

Invisible Man is a milestone in American literature, a book that has continued to engage readers since its appearance in 1952. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of the Brotherhood, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

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   Profound read
This book speaks not just about the invisibility of blacks, but also about all marginalized groups. I have had to learn to live outside the margins my whole life, mainly because society forced me in the margins because of my blindness. People still expect less from Forty years into it, forty years into it, people still expect less. I and Are impressed that I don 't live their beautiful little metal box set. Brig '', impressed by me, does not impress me. I. I. I. Shed my skin long ago and continue to do so. An Enlightening Read An Enlightening
   Invisible Man is beautiful visual!
I love this book on an intellectual level ''. Philosophically, I am reminded of Satre's '' social freedom of the human spirit and the nausea he experienced from acknowledging the emptiness of the rituals. Invisible Man, Ellison fleshes this out when the narrator realizes the absurdity in identifying with any social role-they are all assigned only by people who want to control him. If one cannot stand in society as an individual, then he is truly invisible. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in an unapologetic look at the history of America. Anyone interested in a Bildungsroman that inspires is invited to join a Bildungsroman. Anyone drawn to literary fiction written at its best, drawn at its best.
I'm glad that I haven 't read Invisible Man until now, I'm glad that I haven 't read it all. Today it is as powerful and relevant as when it was written. Maybe even more so '', maybe even more so.
   Powerful story. Extraordinary narrator.
I listened to many digital books, but none whose narrator is Joe Morton, the narrator of this classic American novel.
   A Classic
Interesting information about the thought process of the invisible man. I thought it was like Catcher in the Rye, but more political.
   A Great American Novel
When Invisible Man was published in 1952, it was a big deal, an obviously important moment in American literature and culture. It was still a book that mattered when I first read it in the late 50's. Today, 65 years later, it is still a big deal and is just as relevant today as it was then. Blacks in America would hardly be invisible with all the talk about race that has gone on with the election of Trump, not to mention the previous presidency of Obama, or think of themselves as invisible. I'm inclined to think, though, that nothing could be further from the truth, that if we see blacks at all, we are actually seeing the products of our own fevered imaginations, rather than actual human beings. And that goes for all sides of the political spectrum. If nothing else demonstrates the continuing relevance of Invisible Man, if nothing else. It is quite clearly one of the greatest literary achievements of America.
   Desperation and exploitation
This novel is not the novel I expected to read when I started it, but the novel I was expecting to read. It is a very powerful novel. It is a very powerful novel. The word masterpiece is applied too commonly to lesser works, but is entirely justified for this novel. The novel was originally published in 1952, but was not published. Some aspects of it are dated and would seem anachronistic if applied to today's society. But that is only superficial. It is a novel of direct application to modern society and society of any era. Its description of demagoguery and other forms of control and exploitation are of direct application to today. The feeling of desperation that breeds the anger that causes suspicion, hate, and for people to act in ways that are harmful to their own well-being is brought out and explored in this novel. Desperation '' was created to be used to be used as a tool for exploitation that is what is shown.