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Invisible Man

by Ralph Ellison

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison's nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths...

First published in 1952 and immediately hailed as a masterpiece, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. For not only does Ralph Ellison's nightmare journey across the racial divide tell unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators, it gives us an entirely new model of what a novel can be.

As he journeys from the Deep South to the streets and basements of Harlem, from a horrifying "battle royal" where black men are reduced to fighting animals, to a Communist rally where they are elevated to the status of trophies, Ralph Ellison's nameless protagonist ushers readers into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white, Invisible Man is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century.

Suggested by Mr. Pena-Vargas (Teacher)

Paperback - 581 pages - in English - $16.00
ISBN: 0679732764 (ISBN13: 9780679732761)
Published Feb 1, 1995 by Vintage
First published 1952

suggested by

Mr. Pena-Vargas (Teacher)

at Contreras Learning Center-Los Angeles School Of Global Studies, Los Angeles, CA

Here since Dec 12, 2017

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Canek is a native of Los Angeles California and was educated in LAUSD schools. He is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Independent Studies with a major in Latin American Studies and Education. During his undergraduate studies, Canek traveled to Chiapas to study Tzotzil and assist in research at autonomous indigenous clinics. He later edited the book The Speed of Dreams , Selected Writings 2001-2007.

He spent two years as a youth organizer establishing a sweat equity program for youth on probation to earn community service hours by painting murals with community involvement.

Later, he received a masters and teaching credential from the UCLA Teacher Education Program. Canek served for two years on the Authentic Collaborative Education (ACE) committee for YouthBuild Charter School of California where he contributed to a manual to guide instruction for a network of alternative high schools throughout Southern California.

After teaching social studies for six years in charter schools throughout Los Angeles, he is happy to return to the Echo Park neighborhood to teach Political Studies at the Los Angeles School of Global Studies. He also likes biking, hiking and running with the Students Run LA team as they train for the LA Marathon.

why I suggested this book

This book is an example of advanced American literature that is relevant to many of our many of our societies most pressing current issues.

This book is an example of advanced American literature that is relevant to many of our many of our societies most pressing current issues.