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Invisible Man
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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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CafeMom
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“And that I, a little black man with an assumed name should die because a big black man in his hatred and confusion over the nature of a reality that seemed controlled solely by white men whom I knew to be as blind as he, was just too much, too outrageously absurd.”

A thought provoking book but not an uplifting one. #1001books

jewright Heart-breaking book 2mo
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twohectobooks
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So listen, I think this is probably a good book, I just found it kind of long winded and confusing a lot of the time. It‘s ALSO really impactful. The opening chapter featuring a “battle royal” is jaw dropping. I am behind on reviews and actually read this right after Native Son, which was well worth it to be able to see the progress and lack thereof between the two novels and today. #modernlibrarytop100

twohectobooks I should add that an unarmed black man is shot and killed in this novel and it feels way too relevant to our current times. 3mo
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Tailsmalone
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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It‘s going to take me a while to process this one. There were parts I understood and parts I doubt I ever will, but my main takeaway is how little has changed since 1947, specifically in regards to racial justice and the value or visibility of black lives.

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MelissaSue81
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Kind of a “meh” #bookhaul from the library discard sale. Excited to own Fangirl..Haven‘t read the rest but have been wanting to.

gradcat Not so “meh,”—you‘ve got some really good ones here! ♥️ 📚 4mo
MelissaSue81 @gradcat - I did good quality wise.. just a tad disappointed at the quantity. It started Thursday and I couldn‘t make it until today. Usually I go on the first day and get a whole bag full. 4mo
gradcat Oh, now I understand...but you did get excellent books in terms of quality, at least, as you say! Happy reading, 📖! 4mo
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twohectobooks
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Sunday morning reading in bed.

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LiterRohde
Invisible Man | Ralph Waldo Ellison
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“I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids - and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”

#QuotsyApr19 | 29: #Disappear

📷:Made with Typorama

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veraizm
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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#currentread#currentlyreading#invisibleman#ralphellison

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Samplergal
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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What a book! The writing is amazing and the subject is still, unfortunately, relevant. I see why the book is on the “must read” lists. Made significant progress on As I Lay Dying, which has been languishing on my shelves for longer than some of you have been alive. Hope to finish that this morning. #24b4Monday

MelissaSue81 I definitely want to read this this year. 6mo
Andrew65 Fantastic 🙌 6mo
Samplergal @MelissaSue81 it‘s been on my shelf forever. Only read the cliff notes in high school. 🤪 6mo
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Samplergal
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1. Fiction and Non fiction. 😂😂😂
2. John Boyne
3. The Heart‘s Invisible Furies, but I now will recommend Cutting for Stone
4. Religious, fantasy
5. Invisible Man. I was supposed to read this in high school and read the cliff notes instead. 😂😂😂

#HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 📚 6mo
CouronneDhiver Ha! Fiction and nonfiction pretty much covers it 😂😂😂 6mo
Suet624 Cutting for Stone 💕💕💕 6mo
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Daisey
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I‘ve been listening to some of this book almost daily for the last couple of weeks and finished it this morning. Parts of it came across with a powerful realistic feel but other aspects felt vague. I feel like I‘m missing something while also really appreciating some of the themes. I did enjoy the narrator for this Audible version.

#1001books #audiobook

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Daisey
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New listen this week

#1001books #audiobook

MelissaSue81 Are you finding the audio reaaaaally quiet on this? I tried to start it a few months ago but I couldn‘t hear it enough in the car. Maybe with earbuds it would be okay. 7mo
Daisey @MelissaSue81 I've only been listening around the house so far this weekend, but it seems just as loud as most of my other audiobooks. 7mo
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Butterflyamore
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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I participated in a few Valentine‘s Day swaps. This one is from a secondhand book swap in a Facebook group.

IndoorDame I loved this title! And I think I even have the same edition 😁I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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youneverarrived
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I loved the themes in this; identity, masks, ideology etc. It‘s brilliantly done. The nameless narrator finds that he‘s not really been himself - other people have put an identity on him that he has taken on, but he himself is not really seen. It‘s quite philosophical. It‘s about race in 1950s America and sadly some of it felt like it could have been written today. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CoffeeNBooks Great book! I just read it a few years ago, and couldn't believe I'd never read it before. I love Ellison's writing style. 7mo
batsy I've been meaning to read this for ever so long. Great review ❤️ 7mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️sounds intriguing 7mo
youneverarrived @CoffeeNBooks me too. I only bought it because it was cheap on kindle but I‘m so glad I read it! 7mo
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ReadingsByTheC
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Did any Chicago or San Diego area Littens receive this email from Audible? It doesn't say so in the email but if you click through the link you'll see the event is narrated by Roxane Gay! Get your tickets quick, I got mine. 😁

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youneverarrived
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What a brilliant opening paragraph!! 👌

Suet624 Ouch. 8mo
Cathythoughts It‘s brilliant 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
BarbaraBB Yes, very good 💜 8mo
Billypar The whole book is brilliant- one of my favorite classics. 8mo
youneverarrived @Billypar I keep reading sentences over and over. I‘m absolutely loving it. 7mo
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Lauren.Archer
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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What an outstanding read, I wish I read this so much earlier. This book felt like it could have be written right now.

CoffeeNBooks I love Ellison's writing style. I read this last year, and thought it was a great book. 8mo
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Lauren.Archer
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Watching my beloved patriots play but needing a book to soothe the tension. Going to at least hold this and maybe start reading a few pages.

Hollie Go chiefs! ♥️💛 8mo
Lcsmcat A great book, but I‘m not sure “easing tension” is one of its characteristics. 😀 8mo
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rachelm
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#audiowalk with this tense book. I‘m only 15% in.

Lynnsoprano So cute 😍 8mo
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JLaurenceCohen
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man is one of the premiere modernist novels.It's a profound urban odyssey that feels overwhelming on the first read. It has launched a thousand dissertations.

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MelissaSue81
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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I really want to listen to this, as I never have read it... but the audio on this is just horrific.. I have my volume on my phone and my car both maxed out and can‘t hear it still while I‘m driving. Guess I‘ll have to read it in print. Bailing on this audio for now.

Laura317 I had the same problem. I thought it was just me. 9mo
MelissaSue81 @Laura317 - nope it‘s definitely bad Audio. I had a similar problem with Great Gatsby on Libby, but not quite as bad. Probably just sitting down with earbuds or whatever it would be fine but with highway noise it‘s not working for me. 9mo
JLaurenceCohen Too bad. It's a fantastic book, though not the easiest read. 9mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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chlolovesbooks
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Couldn‘t do it tooo boring! #bored

Louise Oh, perhaps try the audiobook. This is such a powerful book. It would be too bad for you to miss out on it. Then again, we all have different likes and dislikes. 💁‍♀️ 10mo
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Jen2
Invisible Man | Ralph Waldo Ellison
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Finishing up all of the great American reads!

Awk_Word_Smith I used to live close to Ellison‘s memorial in Hamilton Heights when I first moved to NYC. Incredible book. 11mo
LauraJ This narration makes it so easy to get lost in the story. 11mo
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SoniaC
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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So continuing my journey into classics I‘ve never read I‘m beginning this as my latest audiobook.

RebL This is on my list too. 11mo
SoniaC @RebL I‘m finding it very worth listening to so far. 11mo
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TieDyeDude
Invisible Man | Ralph Waldo Ellison
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1. A Quiet Place came out of nowhere and blew me away! BlackKKlansman and Annihilation were also outstanding.
2. Going to a park or a beer garden. Something outside, hopefully with live music.
3. (23) I guess
4. I couldn't get into this at all

#friyayintro
@jesshowbooks

batsy A Quiet Place was so good! 13mo
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ErinSueMreads
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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What‘s better than a #bookhaul ? A free book haul! What‘s better than a free book haul? Literally nothing.

Crewgurl Ohhhhh I see some Eric Larson!!! 13mo
ErinSueMreads Glad to hear it! It looked so good! @amb !! 13mo
Anna.VanTrapp I read invisible man in college. It was such an eye opener! A life changer for sure. 13mo
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youneverarrived
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Got these classics all for #99ponkindle. There‘s a few on there for that price today so worth checking out if you like the classics. Thanks to @Emilymdxn for posting about it! #bookhaul

Leftcoastzen Love all these covers! 13mo
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sprainedbrain
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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This book was not at all what I expected. Detailing the life of our unnamed narrator, who is so profoundly alienated as a black man that he calls himself invisible, this masterfully written novel also manages to be very entertaining. Lots of action, twists, and humor, but with such an important message. Joe Morton was exceptional as narrator on the audio. I couldn‘t get enough of this book, no matter how upsetting it was.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#1001books

LauraJ I loved the audiobook as much as the print. Outstanding delivery! 1y
ElaineHowlin Ooh sounds really interesting 1y
bnp This is an awesome book, and I haven't read it for a long time. Wonder if my library has the audio? 1y
Hollie Oooh I love Joe Morton- I‘ll have to check out the audio! 1y
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sprainedbrain
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This book is very good... but I could seriously listen to Joe Morton all day. I‘m going to need more books narrated by him!

Q84 I don't think I've ever listened to Joe Morton before. I'll have to check some out to see if I agree. 1y
SledgeReader Great recommendation! 1y
TNbookworm Joe Morton has a great voice! 1y
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Kammbia1 I re-read this one a couple of months back. It was a tough read. You can check out my full review when you get a chance. (edited) 1y
sprainedbrain @Kammbia1 I will do that. 1y
Daisey I have this same audio version and put it on my 1001 TBR Challenge list so I'm waiting to see if I get to listen to it this year. If not, it's going to be an early listen next year. 1y
sprainedbrain @Kammbia1 I‘m almost done with the book (I will finish tonight), so finally read your review. Very good! Thank you for sharing. 1y
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Scarlett_ohara
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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Ok, I'm not saying this is a bad book. I just did not get it. At all. I have no idea what happened in this book, I absolutely could not follow the story. The first half was bearable, but after the second half I was just confused. It made me feel so stupid because this book is considered a classic and I have no idea what makes it good. If you liked this book maybe you could explain it to me?

Slajaunie Don‘t feel bed. I don‘t like every classic either. 1y
Scarlett_ohara @Slajaunie thank you 😊 although what I feel bad about is not so much not liking it, as having no idea what the book is about. 😂 1y
Slajaunie Well don‘t feel bad about that either. I know I have read books and then wondered what the heck I read. I have never read this one or I would lend a hand. 😂 1y
Scarlett_ohara @Slajaunie 😂😂 thank you 😘 1y
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Nute
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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#ReadingResolutions #Riotgrams - Naked Spines/Hardcovers: I have these 2 books only from the 20th Century Library Book-of-the-Month Club. I don‘t recall what happened as to why I didn‘t continue the subscription. I like the design...they are cloth bound, they have a heavy paperweight, the text font is gorgeous, the inset of the faceplate on the cover is lovely & the spine design looks great on the shelf. Yet I have these 2 precious editions ONLY!

JazzFeathers They are gorgeous 1y
Nute @JazzFeathers Thanks. I saw your Tolkien collection. It is fabulous. Keep posting as it grows so that I can join in on your enthusiasm. 1y
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SheReads4
Invisible Man | Ralph Waldo Ellison
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Being invisible is allowing your dreams, goals, and future, to be shaped by everyone else besides you...

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 1y
sudi Welcome to Litsy 🎉🎊🎉🎊 1y
SheReads4 @DebinHawaii and @sudi Thank you! Im sure I'm going to love it! 1y
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rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy! from me too! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 1y
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PagesOfKate
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The nameless protagonist in Ellison's Invisible Man gives me some GOT feels; in order to wear a mask you have to become no one. "All men must serve. Faceless men most of all".
#whosthatguy #Juneitselectrifying
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

vkois88 👍👍 1y
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EadieB
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Debut novel about what it‘s like to grow up as a black man in mid-century America. Many experiences throughout show how blacks are treated just because they are black. Book should not be confused with H.G. Wells book where the invisible man is actually invisible. Race is what will keep this black man in his permanent underclass status thus denying him his humanity. It is a powerful read that should not be missed.

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Louise
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This is a powerful, thought-provoking, and disturbing book. Among its many themes is the use of propaganda and skillful manipulation to coax large groups of people to act against their own interests. Sound eerily familiar? It's also a window into race relations in 1950's Harlem. #race

theawkwardbooknerd this is a very sad and depressing book. 1y
Louise @theawkwardbooknerd For me, the question is, "What do we do about it?" When the scales fall from our eyes, and we are-- painfully!-- freed from our illusions, what then? How do we as individuals and as a society forge a path to freedom? 1y
Kammbia1 I read for the second time a month or so ago. It is one of the most important books in my reading life. 1y
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Louise @Kammbia1 I just read your review on your blog and find it interesting that the section on the Brotherhood left you cold. Was it because it was so obvious to you that the main character was being manipulated? Something about that manipulation made the book very powerful for me. I would like to know where the character goes from here. Now that he has had a rude awakening, what is his next step? 1y
theawkwardbooknerd @Louise this book does ask a lot of questions, yes, your questions are valid, too. but, this book is also a biting bitter satire against a society which is apathetic to a group of minority who are still hated, abandoned helpless, and beaten by injustice. this book rather shows how we have stooped so low from the status of being human. this book actually chronicles the inhumanity of a group of people, leaving the questions unanswered for us. 1y
Louise @theawkwardbooknerd Yes, I agree. We see the main character continuously beaten down, despite his best efforts to rise up. The last lines, in which the MC suggests that he may be speaking for the reader, too, leave the book's many unanswered questions in the hands of the reader. These questions are as relevant today as they were when the book was published in 1952. (edited) 1y
Kammbia1 Louise, the entire Brotherhood section left me cold because it was my second time reading the novel. I first read the novel in my early 20's and I'm 46 now. I knew he was being manipulated reading it again. It is an important part of the novel but it was my least favorite part because of that manipulation. Thanks for reading my review. (edited) 1y
Louise @Kammbia1 I can certainly understand that. Reading such a long section in full knowledge of how the MC is being manipulated would be painful! One part that puzzled me was how Bledsoe treated the MC. By the end of the book, I began to think that, though Bledsoe believed he had outwitted the white establishment, he was every bit as controlled and manipulated as the MC; in fact, more so, because he couldn't see it. 1y
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Louise
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Just started this audiobook, read by Joe Morten. My goodness, this man could WRITE! Words of power that still speak to our times all these years since first publication. #race

CoffeeNBooks I read this a few months ago, and there were so many things I liked about it. Powerful book. And I love his writing style! 1y
Louise @CoffeeNBooks Yes! His style is so immediate, unsentimental, clear, and resonant. Amazing. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Such an amazing book! 1y
Louise @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, and the audiobook is so well done too. 👍 1y
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nanoauthor
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Another read for class. I'm enjoying it so far, although some parts have been really horrible. An engaging read, which can't always be said for school books.

#college #currentread

TieDyeDude Glad you're enjoying it. I gave up early, during whatever happens after chauffeuring Norton... 1y
nanoauthor @GoodForCirculation I think it helps that I'm reading it for a class, so I have somewhere to talk about it - and have to make it through all the bad or weird or boring parts 1y
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Finally warm enough to read outside. Until a couple days from now when it‘s supposed to be below freezing. #kansas

KimHM I am soooo over this weather 🌞❄️🌞❄️ 1y
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MsLeah8417
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“My face stung as though it had been slapped.”

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GhostStories
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison

“I‘d yea, yea and oui, oui and si, si and see, see them too; and I‘d walk around in their guts with hobnailed boots.”

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GhostStories
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Never boring, always challenging. This is a philosophical and political exploration of race in America, but it is also a compelling odyssey of self-realization. Ellison is one of those writers that is clearly in love with language and understands its (sometimes dangerous) power, and he has a mastery of persuasive speech tactics, which he uses to great effect. @Kammbia1 I really enjoyed it!

Kammbia1 Good deal @GhostStories I don't know if enjoy is the right word for my re-reading experience. But it is still one of the most important novels I have ever read. 1y
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Kammbia1
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I just finished reading and reviewing this powerful modern classic. I had mixed feelings about the protagonist's plight but re-reading it over twenty years later still effected me. My full review: http://marion-hill.com/book-review-128-invisible-man-by-ralph-ellison/

LauraBeth It‘s always interesting to re-read a book that you‘ve already read after so much time has passed. I read this in my mid 20s as well and have been wanting to re-read it. I‘ve been searching forever for my copy because I want to see the passages that I underlined when I was younger 😂Hopefully, I‘ll find it! 2y
GhostStories I need to save your review until I finish! Halfway through. 2y
Kammbia1 @LauraBeth I hope you find your copy of Invisible Man. I'm more a page corner folder of novels than an underliner. Let me know what you think when you re-read it. 2y
Kammbia1 @GhostStories Halfway through. I would like to read what you think of the novel when its finished. (edited) 2y
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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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I haven‘t read this in a long time. It is a rare thing to come across a work of art that so powerfully manages to contain a political messages while not abandoning the great story. Ellison was a wonderful writer.

GhostStories Agree! 2y
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Kammbia1
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In celebration of Black History Month, I have decided to read and review Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. I read this modern classic in my early 20s. This novel made a deep and everlasting impression on me. I have been meaning to re-read over the years. Well, I'm 46 now and nearly 25 years later it's time to read it again. Invisible Man is not my favorite novel of all time. However, it is one of the most important novels in my life.

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lennearb
Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison

Reading this for the first time. It's good, but very intense. Had to take a break.

I can't say I'm enjoying it, but I see the links to many cultural experiences that are still present today

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dariazeoli
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There is no way I can squeeze 24 hours of reading in this weekend, but I‘m with all you #24in48 participants in spirit!

Here‘s how I spent most of the 5am hour. I may finish this one this weekend, thanks to 2.5x audio.

#litsyclassics

Gissy I am trying but I know it will be impossible. I work today and tomorrow for a couple of hours. I'm doing it because I have to read a pile of books 2y
dariazeoli @Gissy Good Luck! Every extra hour towards the TBR stack is an hour well spent 2y
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TieDyeDude
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Historical, "important," a classic, but it's it any good? Over 100 pages in and I can't do anymore. I don't understand what's going on. Good passages are followed by mind numbing ones. It may get better later on, but I don't have time for those kind of books.

quirkyreader This is an edited version of the story. Newer editions are uncut and might have a better style of flow. 2y
TieDyeDude Thanks @quirkyreader. I'll seek out a different version if I attempt it again. 2y
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