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Open Book Club: Invisible Man

In October, our Open Book Club will read and discuss Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. Via Zoom: Please register here.

Both a deeply compelling bestselling novel and an epic milestone of American literature.

The book's nameless narrator describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", before retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.  

Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

Island Books' Open Book Club meets the last Thursday each month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.

Event date: 
Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuduCopzovH9T5tNdrG7h7EeM0z6Pwo-mY
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Invisible Man (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780679732761
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - March 14th, 1995