Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time
Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of modern American Negro life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching--yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places. It is a book that has a great deal to say and which is destined to have a great deal said about it.
After a brief prologue, the story begins with a terrifying experience of the hero's high school days, moves quickly to the campus of a Southern Negro college and then to New York's Harlem, where most of the action takes place. The many people that the hero meets in the course of his wanderings are remarkably various, complex and significant. With them he becomes involved in an amazing series of adventures, in which he is sometimes befriended but more often deceived and betrayed--as much by himself and his own illusions as by the duplicity of the blindness of others.
Invisible Man is not only a great triumph of storytelling and characterization; it is a profound and uncompromising interpretation of the Negro's anomalous position in American society.
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Joe Morton, from Scandal ..need I say more?
This audiobook was a performance..I didn't need to read the whole book for my literature class but I enjoyed listening to the whole book while at work thanks to Joe Morton (who is Command/Olivia Pope’s dad on the tv show Scandal fyi).
Joe Morton is Brilliant
A few reviews here mention Joe Morton as if they have no clue who he is. Please don't be lazy. Look him up. Did you see Terminator 2 or Brother From Another Planet? Anyway, Morton's performance here is stunning. For all of those who never got this book Joe makes sure you do. His performance of Ellison's work here is important because for all of those African American men who are so busy trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents to pick up what's probably the most important account of their existence they may ever experience Morton makes it easy to digest. Deny it as you may, you'll spend most of your life fighting invisibility tooth and nail. Will Smith, Denzel and a few others are extreme examples of those exceptions but most brothers remain shrouded in darkness. Regardless of race or gender this is to me one of the most important books written in modern times. Make a cup of hot coco, get a warm blanket and let Joe and Ralph take you on a trip from
Darkness to true enlightenment with Invisible Man.
The narrator is amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed listening; he is able to modify his voice to accommodate various characters, moods and settings in a way that is fit for Broadway. Honestly, worth the price and definitely a powerful way to engage this amazing literary work.