Ralph Ellison’s classic piece of American literature, “Invisible Man” is on SALE from Amazon for only $1.99 for a limited time! This was an excellent book, required reading in high school, and is one of those books that would serve everyone to read again as an adult. I think re-reading classics that you read as a young person in school with new eyes as an adult is always a great idea. There are so many good ones to revisit and “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison is one of them.
If you are not familiar with the book here is a synopsis from the publisher:
First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison’s nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new model of what a novel can be.
As he journeys from the Deep South to the streets and basements of Harlem, from a horrifying “battle royal” where black men are reduced to fighting animals, to a Communist rally where they are elevated to the status of trophies, Ralph Ellison’s nameless protagonist ushers readers into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white, Invisible Man is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century.