Invisible Man (Google eBook)
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Invisible ManUser Review - Amandine - Goodreads
The Invisible Man is at heart a book of vignettes, strung together by a few directly referenced themes. Most overtly, those themes are racism and social dynamic, in particular the way in which a young ... Read full review
Review: Invisible ManUser Review - Alfred Yun - Goodreads
Bizarre and pretentious to a high schooler interested in rap music, the book came to me as a surprise later in life. Once I've become more mature and aware of the underlying social issues in the book ... Read full review