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Invisible man
Ralph Ellison
Adult Fiction ELLISON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

These three volumes have been redesigned and reissued to commemorate the first anniversary of Ellison's death. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

This audio is a thoughtful, wonderful version of one of the best works of American fiction of the 20th century. Peter Francis James expresses every nuance of the Northern and Southern black, white, and Caribbean dialects Ellison employed, reading with lyrical feeling and passion throughout this well-produced recording. The experiences of the unnamed protagonist in the rural South and in post-World War II Harlem serve as allegories for maturing intellectual, emotional, and moral sensitivities in us all, black or white, rich or poor, 1950s or 1990s. Though blessed with individual gifts, perhaps even with social privilege, we become, like the protagonist, a construct of others' prejudices, expectations, and stereotypesDwe become ambiguous to self, invisible to our own society. The society, attitudes, and institutions of the 1950s play large roles in shaping the invisible hero. It seems a shame that not much has changed: parallel influences seem to have kept us from understanding very much more as a society now than we knew then. Highly recommended for adult fiction collections.DCliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Expelled from college for showing a white trustee the realities of the South including an incestous farmer and a rural whorehouse; moved to New York; searching for what truth really is; became a spokesman for a mixed-race band of social activists where he believed he was fighting for equality; discovered he had been duped yet again into believing what he thought was the truth.



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