Both a deeply compelling bestselling novel and an epic milestone of American literature.
The book's nameless narrator 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", before retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.
Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, 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 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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Can we all agree that "must-read" is an overused phrase? It should be reserved for very rare circumstances, for books so fundamental to understanding the world and people around us that anyone who doesn't read them risks missing out on a key life experience. Now that that's settled: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man is a must-read. The 1953 National Book Award winner is also a masterpiece of prose, a battle cry for racial equality, and a profoundly humane piece of art.
These three volumes have been redesigned and reissued to commemorate the first anniversary of Ellison's death.
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There is nothing to say but that this book totally changed my life. Many are afraid to read it because of its life-changing quality but that is why you should read it. It's about finding yourself a lot more than it is about race.
I read this book about 10 years ago,and this book tells about a person that want to be part of something.The people that's in the group is basically using him,and he's not taking notice,that they are using him,until the end.
Loved all the way through
Though a drag in the beginning this novel is a reflection of all human's desire to be a part of something. As it picks speed readers might want the "whiny" protagonist to just conform and let things be, but he can't and that's his flaw. We all try to be different but in the end what will we be remembered by or will we be remembered at all.
Take this out from ur local library instead of buying it. The frustration of knowin the main character is u will make u regret buying it.