UMM, CAN I HAVE THE AUDIO VERSION, PLZ!!
If Whispersync was available I would be so excited to re-read and add notes! Too many layers for one reading.
The opening chapter was brilliant, original, and engaging; very reminiscent of Dostoyevsky's _Notes from Underground_ but significantly new at the same time. The novel as a whole maintains a tacit Dostoyevskian tendency to constantly consider ambiguities of action and interpretation that seem honest throughout--you can really believe in this character. And yet the actual narrative is clear, not muddy like Henry James or other authors who might fit this same description.
The opening chapter; the book begins in media res, and you wonder throughout how we're ever going to get back to the beginning, which is fascinating in itself.
Overly dramatic, widely varying volume, impressive range of character voices
No; I couldn't stomach it for more than an hour at a time.
Joe Morton has a truly impressive and useful range of character voices throughout, but he puts way too much dramatic emphasis on every paragraph of the whole novel, and it's just frustrating. Whereas on a scale from Robot (0) to Melodrama (10) I like my books to be about a 5, 6 or 7, he's a consistent 8. (For comparison, I'd put Jim Dale at a 6.) It makes the whole book sound like it's full of caps, italics, and ellipses, and it's just way too overstimulating. I can handle listening to the whole book, but only in 20-60 min. snippets at a time.
I'm not done with this book yet. I'm not even half way through, but I just have to stop to say Joe Morton is enthralling in this role. He's a one man theater group performing the roles of each character, imprinting each one in my head, with full dimensions, and subtleties. He impels the listener with a rolling smoldering intensity from the beginning, to follow the protagonist's journey, to be transformed, to realizet he is invisible, and what that is, in explicit, complex, glaring terms.
I've always wanted to read this book. Picked it up when I was a kid and read some of it. Its a very good book.
The reader is pretty much off the charts. There are great readers who have great reading voices but he goes beyond by using his acting skills but not going over the top or trying to grab the glory. He just gives it everything he has. I don't know if he he got any prizes for this but I hope he did.
Given the news last night about more race related shootings and the deaths of more young men and more police officers, this book could have been written today.
I recommend it to all young people, esp men, black or otherwise. The funeral speech scene is extremely powerful and potent. You will want to share it.
it is difficult to listen to parts and a little confusing at the beginning, but well worth the effort.
Mr. Morton's performance is one of the finest spoken word performances I have experienced.
Ralph Ellison has motivated me to fully press as hard as I can to master the art of writing, and writing about issues of race, status, and character. He is my favorite author even though he has only published one major novel (one more posthumously), Invisible Man is an all time great work. I have listened to it more than 9 times now and I get the same feeling of awe whenever I reread it. It's an amazing book by an amazing writer.
This is an incredible book, and the narration is equally stunning. A classic of American literature, this is a must listen.