Invisible Man

Invisible Man

Book - 1995
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Ellison won the National Book Award for this searing record of a black man's journey through contemporary America. Unquestionably, Ellison's book is a work of extraordinary intensity--powerfully imagined and written with a savage, wryly humorous gusto.--Atlantic.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995
ISBN: 9780679723134
Branch Call Number: FIC Ellis 1995
Characteristics: xxiii, 581 p. ; 22 cm


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May 08, 2017

The plot construction is (post) modern, his approach of blackness leads to a universal reality, akin to every race.
The narrative style, Ellison's flamboyant passages, maybe a thing of past (in contrast with short and fragmented sentences filling our modern time), is still a timeless classic, to reveal inner and outer landscapes, powerful.

"I'm invisible, and not blind." - me too, and wish everyone read this book, then how many can be awaken from hibernation, feeling ashamed?

triptophan Feb 11, 2017

I didn't even finish Invisible Man, because the main character didn't even have a name and he put up with a lot of things that he didn't have to. Very frustrating! Don't even bother reading this.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

Invisible Man is the author's only complete novel, which is unfortunate, because it is such a spectacular story. This is one I'd like to return to someday.

Nov 21, 2015

Ralph Ellison does an excellent job of identifying the societal blinders that influence the perception of not just the African American, but in particular, the specific individual, in this great classic. Perhaps that is what makes this book the celebrated masterwork that it is. Because he crafts varied situations that illustrate the impact of preconceptions and the way they alter true discernment. Ellison does not spare the protagonist his own moments of 'blindness', leading the reader to surmise once the book is read, that the title alludes to the way "man" in its totality remains somehow cloaked to its peers; misread, misinterpreted to its own folly and detriment.

Mr. Ellison certainly wrote this book informed by his experience as an African American and maybe because of this perspective, rather despite it, the document is a universal statement about the reality of the way humans mis-see or fail to connect with one another.

Why did I wait so long to read this excellent book?

Oct 08, 2015

Watch any Hollywood movie released in the 1940’s and 1950’s and you will realize what Ralph Ellison means by Invisible Man. African-Americans are either totally absent in all white Hollywood films or in them only briefly to carry luggage at train depots or to invisibly serve coffee to their masters in their mansions. And in real society, African-Americans were segregated in ghettos so that White people would not have to see them or to even think about them. In the South it was called slavery, segregation, lynching (de jure) and in the north it was called ghettoization or death by police or mobs (de facto). Ellison explores both North and South in this often surrealistic hell to which African-Americans were subjected on an hourly basis (and often even today in the 21st century). This has to be in the top 5 of all African-American novels written before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

janellejordan Jul 12, 2015

A look at race from both northern and southern perspectives.

Aug 05, 2013

I have read this book several times and I always take away something new from it.

Oct 28, 2011

Saying this is a great book does not do it justice.

Dec 06, 2010

1953 National Book Award - Fiction

Wolvie Aug 17, 2009

A classic of African American literature.
The writing is so beautiful and raw I could barely stand it.


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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?

Feb 14, 2015

“To Whom It May Concern . . . Keep This Nigger-Boy Running"

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Feb 14, 2015

Mhailu98 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Aug 07, 2011

- Just not in the mood for a southern bigotry novel and the damage done to people. Didn’t read much of it.


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