Sunday, February 19, 2012

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

The nameless protagonist of this famous novel is an "invisible" man. He is not literally invisible, but no one really pays much attention to him because he's black.  It's kind of hard to explain. This is a complicated book, and I didn't quite understand it. It's a nightmare journey across racial divides by the nameless main character, according to the back cover. That sums it up pretty well. It was good, and an interesting story. Also, the author had an introduction to the book which provided some insight on how he came to write it and where he wrote it etc. I liked how Ellison chose to not give the protagonist a name. Maybe it's because to everyone else, he doesn't have a name. Just another black person. As soon  as he's gone, his name flies right out of their heads. I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a challenge. 581 pages, 5 stars.

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