Did a little book shopping today. Can't wait to start this one!
Taking some quiet time before heading after a long work today. Contentment is a book, a beer, burger and my border collie.
There‘s violence quietly boiling under ever sentence of this tight wound novel. The fact this is based on a real place, on real lives is devastating. These boys didn‘t have a chance to grow, to live or to become the men they were destined to be.
Not a perfect book, but a very good one. Tells a fictionalized account of an institutional "school" for boys, an alternative to prison, where boys were beaten and killed, especially in the black houses. Emotional portrayal, but not one that had me sobbing, which is kind of nice. Read this for the #BNbookclub, which I am hosting at my store tonight
Also, this was my E for Care of Magical Creatures in the #NEWTs #magical readathon
4.5 stars rounded to a full 5 because so much is packed into this little book. It didn‘t wreck me like The Underground Railroad - I was a mess by the end of that book. This one was more quietly devastating. Whitehead didn‘t pull his punches but instead slipped them around from behind. The violence doesn‘t hit you in the face, it stabs you in the back. I also thought a lot about Ava DuVernay‘s When They See Us, currently streaming on Netflix.
This is a book that will stay with me. Whitehead tells the story of Elwood Curtis, a boy sent to Nickel Academy, ostensibly a school designed to reform wayward youth that is in reality a prison, where racist staff & guards abuse & discard the boys at will. Whitehead based Nickel on the Dozier School for Boys, a real Florida reform school. It's a heartbreaking & angering story, unsentimental & unflinching. Required reading.
Beach reading today ..... #summerisnotoveryet !
I‘ve found Whitehead‘s novels to be difficult to absorb in the past. While I enjoyed The Intuitionist, many of his other novels such as Zone One and The Underground Railroad couldn‘t grab my attention. The Nickel Boys on the other hand is delightfully engaging. The characters are so interesting that I finished this book in one sitting. This is one that will stay on my shelf.
My son bought me this mug!!!
I just finished The Nickel Boys for b&n book club this week. I did not see the twist in the last part coming at all! It was so well done. I‘m glad I read it. It covers so many themes in its little 210 pages and I am excited to hear what people thought and the things they picked up on that I, super oblivious as ever, completely missed. Anyone else read it yet?
This is the first book that made me cry this year. It is such a tragic story but one that needed to be told. The fact that this book is based on true events makes this story even more important. This is story was raw but wonderfully told. It is a story that is unforgettable and will stay with you.
Feel like I‘m watching a horror movie and I just wanna yell at Elwood to not get in the car!
It feels like there‘s something I‘m supposed to be reading, but I can‘t remember what 🧠 🌫
So, I‘m going to read my first Colson Whitehead.
Audiobook. Narrator was nothing great or bad. I‘m disappointed. It‘s not what I thought it was going to be. Oh it was good, a novel based on reality but not as much of a horror novel as I thought it was going to be. It was a well written and engaging short book. Library loan via OverDrive. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A disturbing but all too familiar tale of the horrific treatment of African American boys. The story haunts me as to how far we still need to go as a country to heal. I'm afraid our generation will be written about in the same disturbing light on the unjust treatment of many of our citizens. Such dark times.
There are big forces that want to keep the Negro down, like Jim Crow, and there are small forces that want to keep you doen, like other people, and in the face of all those things, the big ones and the smaller ones, you have to stand up straight and maintain your sense of who you are.
OMG OMG!! Everyone needs to read this book! Beware because your heart will be smashed into pieces 💔💔💔 This story starts at the ending and then takes you through the story of Elwood and The Nickel Boys at the Florida Reform School for boys. This was based on a true story which i did not know before embarking on this wonderful heartbreaking story. Also, it was relatively short at 210 pages.
Based on a real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children. Colson Whitehead brings us another part of American history about 2 boys sentenced to a reform school that is a chamber of horrors. Read about Elwood and Turner and how their lives were affected by attending The Nickel Academy. Enjoyed 4 other books by Whitehead and recommend this one too!
Welcome to the Nickel Academy, a version of hell in the form of a reform school located in Florida. Elwood Curtis is a bright kid that believes in the words of Martin Luther King Jr. Being a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the 1960s, an innocent mistake sends him to Nickel Academy.
Even though this is a shorter book it packs a punch. Rich with detail and beautifully written, The Nickel Boys will leave you horrified.
Just starting this one. Am I the only ill informed person who thought The Underground Railroad was his debut?? This one is actually Colson Whitehead‘s NINTH Book! After just a few chapters I‘m kicking myself I haven‘t read him before🤓
Some lunch time reading. You guys!! I just found out this is based on a true story!! 🤯🤯
I really enjoyed this book . I thought this book was going to be more graphic then it was. I thought this book should have or could have been longer than it was. I would have appreciated more detail and more characterization because I enjoyed both main characters a lot. I appreciated the change from women's issues and feminist revolution type novels to the civil rights movement and the treatment of African Americans in the South.
Book 108 of 2019