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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#23 - Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison

Title:  Invisible Man
Author:  Ralph Ellison
Genre:  Fiction
Read by:  Joe Morton
Publisher/Date:  Random House/Books on Tape/1999
Dates listened to:  4/17/17 – 5/31/17
CDs/Hours:  16/18.5
ISBN: 978-0-307-91513-9

 I found it hard to get into this story – too much yelling and screaming and difficult to follow.  Finally it settled down and I found myself wanting to know more about the black man who moved to the North from the South to better himself.  This man’s journey is not unlike what people of all ethnic groups have gone through, are going through and will continue to experience.  

Ellison describes all types of situations of invisibility.  Our nameless protagonist ushers readers and especially listeners into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief.  Our hero experiences a type of invisibility by being mistaken for another black man, finds himself lost in Harlem’s sewer system during a riot.  When he awakes he realizes that he was not only virtually in the dark but in a place where he couldn’t return to any part of his old life.  He would spend some time thinking things out in peace and quiet.  He would take up residence underground.  The end was in the beginning.

Narrator Joe Morton does a fantastic job of voicing each character so convincingly and in such a wide range I was consistently turning my car’s CD player’s volume up and down.

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