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4.0 out of 5 stars Lengthy Novel is a Surprising Delight, October 31, 2003
This review is from: Invisible Man (Paperback)
I must confess. I was more than a little disappointed when I discovered the copy of The Invisible Man on my 11th grade reading list was authored by Ralph Ellison not H.G. Wells. Once I stopped complaining about the extra four hundred pages and started reading the book however I found it an intriguing complex work that not only supplemented my Advanced Placement United States History class work on civil rights but also interested me.
Ellison wove this highly descriptive story in the style of existentialism, mostly used by French authors of the twentieth century, as a way of questioning meaning of individual life in an entirely meaningless world. Ellison related this to racial issues between African Americans and whites. Ralph Ellison opens with the words, "I am an invisible man," then goes on to explain he is not a fictional creature of Poe's works or a Hollywood movie trick, but a living breathing human being that no one sees due to his skin tone. A highly emotional work, The Invisible Man reaches into the heart of the readers and cries for attention to be paid to the issues of race. Although this is not the 1800s in the core of racial discrimination, lynchings, and hate crimes, Diversity of race and the struggles of racial issues shaped America into the country we are today. Challenging thoughts on individuality and drawing attention to the heart of the problem with racial disturbances, The Invisible Man is a classic work that although quite lengthy has a solid heart of excellent plot development, descriptive writing, strong emotions and challenging themes.
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