Let's remember this is a classic - set aside your modern tastes and just enjoy this really great book - go with the flow - read as the stunning fiction and talented writing it is.
Definitely an interesting piece of literature, however, getting a feel for the tone of the book was hard to do. At times it seemed as it if was a straight ahead, quasi-autobiographical account while at other times it ventured into the surreal. Still a good read, but one that you have to dedicate yourself to trying to take in fully.
Invisible Man is certainly a book about race in America, and sadly enough, few of the problems it chronicles have disappeared even now. But Ellison's first novel transcends such a narrow definition. It's also a book about the human race stumbling down the path to identity, challenged and successful to varying degrees. None of us can ever be sure of the truth beyond ourselves, and possibly not even there. The world is a tricky place, and no one knows this better than the invisible man, who leaves us with these chilling, provocative words: "And it is this which frightens me: Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?" --Melanie Rehak
How would I like to live in this world as if I were invisible? This is the story, written in the early 50's, of what it was like to be black in a country where black people were invisible.
Though I found this book a bit repetitive, I also found it to be a thought provoking commentary on racial inequality. Overall a good read, if you can get past the prologue.
An amazing book and a very fast, but memorable read.
Enjoyed it to bits. :) It's not a classic for no good reason.
Wow. What a book. It's an eye-opener, whether you're white or African-American.
Betrayed by a southern black college, abused by the whites while growing up, and dreaming of the freedom of the north, a journey begins.
In the north, he finds racism just as rampant as the south. He also finds an outlet for his intelligence working as an organizer for an un-named organization. It is his work, and the complexitites of reform organizations, that captured my attention.
Let me insert a note here: Much of this book contains no specifics. Ellison writes as if in another dimension where actual names are unnecessary. For me, this implied the author's disconnect - and makes the story more universal. This aloofness on Ellison's part kept my concentration on the issues, not the geography or politics.
White or black, read this book. It is a classic for a reason.
A novel about growing up as a black American in the mid-twentieth century, this is an incredibly powerful story. Don't miss it.