|Award(s):||National Book Award (1953)|
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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...
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This is a book that I will likely remember for a long time, although I am not sure what to say about it, other than it's about: - a Black man living underground in Harlem in a type of basement room lighted with strings of lights; - his relating about his early life in the South and about moving North; - his struggle for work and problems that arose; - the racial issues he saw and fought against; - his involvement in a "brotherhood" movement; - his becoming disillusioned, angry, desperate; - his philosophying and the thought-provoking statements that make the reader think... What else can I say? It's a great read.
Mar 30th, 2022
Jul 11th, 2019
Great mesh of sociopolitical philosophy and a gripping story.
Feb 28th, 2019
Jul 24th, 2017
I've read this twice now, and definitely appreciated it more the second time around. A great story and a great commentary on the social/political situation of the time.
Jun 4th, 2017
read this twice--once out loud to my son!
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Oct 17th, 2014
This book challenged me in a way that not many books have. It made me think, to try and understand what it would be like to be a black american and left me speechless at the cruelty of it at times. Even more confronting was the relationships between so called brothers and also between other black americans. For those of you who care to see things from a very different perspective this is a wonderful book.
Oct 15th, 2014
Jul 22nd, 2014
Fabulous science fiction book for any time. It is amusing and heralds a warning for using science without conscience or caution.
Oct 1st, 2013
Jul 30th, 2013
There are innumerable books out there regarding the Civil Rights movement, race riots, etc. but this is without a doubt the best. Following the life and journeys of a black man trying to make it in a Jim Crow America, it is perhaps one of the best portrayals of the struggles of an African-American before the progression in racial equality that we have today.
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Invisible Man appears on these lists...
18th on The 20th Centrury's Greatest Hits by American Book Review
25th on The Novel 100 by Daniel S. Bert
19th on 100 Best Novels by Modern Library
24th on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe
6th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek
16th on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books