HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Invisible Man (1952)

by Ralph Ellison

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
13,915175314 (3.99)640
In the course of his wanderings from a Southern Negro college to New York's Harlem, an American black man becomes involved in a series of adventures. Introduction explains circumstances under which the book was written. Ellison won the National Book Award for this searing record of a black man's journey through contemporary America. Unquestionably, Ellison's book is a work of extraordinary intensity--powerfully imagined and written with a savage, wryly humorous gusto.… (more)
  1. 30
    The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois (GabrielF)
  2. 00
    Black and Conservative by George Samuel Schuyler (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: This very cynical novel takes place during the same time period as "The Invisible Man" and provides additional perspectives on race during the post WWII years.
  3. 00
    Quicksand by Nella Larsen (aspirit)
  4. 00
    Native Son by Richard Wright (Cecrow)
  5. 22
    The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (chrisharpe)
  6. 00
    Small Island by Andrea Levy (tcarter)
  7. 00
    This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga (aspirit)
    aspirit: Describes the life a modern African woman to contrast with that of the historical African-American man. Similar tone.
  8. 02
    Big Machine by Victor LaValle (goddesspt2)
  9. 05
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (kara.shamy)
1940s (28)
1950s (37)
My TBR (82)
Books (28)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 640 mentions

English (170)  Dutch (1)  Norwegian (1)  Spanish (1)  Portuguese (Portugal) (1)  All languages (174)
Showing 1-5 of 170 (next | show all)
This was a fabulous book. The unique perspective on politics and racial issues glimpsed in the locations found in the book are extremely interesting. While coming it at nearly 600 pages there is rarely a dull page to be found, and the story seems mostly to verge on frantic in its pacing. This review certainly doesn't do all my thoughts on it justice, but is acting as a placeholder for now just so I can remember what a wonderful experience reading this is. ( )
  jsqsh | Aug 29, 2021 |
Read for Humanities. I enjoyed it!
  beethovensfruit | Aug 21, 2021 |
Someone I deeply respect recommended this book in light of everything that's happening in the world, or I should say that's still happening in the world - and we're in 2021. This book is powerful, not easy to read in parts, but I feel it has expanded my mind. ( )
  Acia | Jul 8, 2021 |
I have nothing good to say about this book. I didn't like a single part of it. I don't have a single stirring quote from it to share. It started and ended disturbingly; and in between featured copious amounts of speechifying and boredom. ( )
  Tytania | Jun 21, 2021 |
DKF. Black American book written in the 1950’s. A classic chosen by the NYT for their book club. I will watch and listen to the discussion, but it’s unlikely that I will read it thru. Lots of figure of speech and I don’t quite get what the first person speaker is saying. Plus knowing that the man felt invisible to the whites around him, he seems to bemoan the pint again and again. Maybe I’ll write more after the discussion.
  bereanna | Jun 13, 2021 |
Showing 1-5 of 170 (next | show all)
"Invisible Man" is tough, brutal and sensational. It is uneven in quality. But it blazes with authentic talent.
 

» Add other authors (48 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ralph Ellisonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Callahan, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellison, RalphIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goyert, GeorgÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, Peter FrancisNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morton, JoeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

Is contained in

Has as a reference guide/companion

Has as a study

Has as a student's study guide

Has as a teacher's guide

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
"You are saved," cried Captain Delano, more and more astonished and pained; "you are saved: what has cast such a shadow upon you?"

--Herman Melville, Benito Cereno
HARRY: I tell you, it is not me you are looking at,

Not me you arre grinning at, not me your confidential looks

Incriminate, but that other person, if person,

You thought I was: let your necrophily

Feed upon that carcase. . . .

--T. S. Eliot, Family Reunion
Dedication
To Ida
First words
"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination—indeed, everything and anything except me."
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS
Canonical LCC

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

In the course of his wanderings from a Southern Negro college to New York's Harlem, an American black man becomes involved in a series of adventures. Introduction explains circumstances under which the book was written. Ellison won the National Book Award for this searing record of a black man's journey through contemporary America. Unquestionably, Ellison's book is a work of extraordinary intensity--powerfully imagined and written with a savage, wryly humorous gusto.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Legacy Library: Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison has a Legacy Library. Legacy libraries are the personal libraries of famous readers, entered by LibraryThing members from the Legacy Libraries group.

See Ralph Ellison's legacy profile.

See Ralph Ellison's author page.

Popular covers

Quick Links

Rating

Average: (3.99)
0.5 3
1 46
1.5 14
2 148
2.5 26
3 417
3.5 93
4 818
4.5 117
5 901

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

» Publisher information page

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 162,339,656 books! | Top bar: Always visible