Check out my Invisible Man book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Invisible Man is a novel by Ralph Ellison, published in 1952 by Random House. The novel explores some of the social and intellectual problems faced by African-Americans in the early twentieth century,

These include African-American nationalism, identity issues, and ethnic reform policies and individualism and identity supported by Booker Washington. The novel won the National Book Award in 1953.

Invisible Man
 
In 1998, Modern Library ranked "The Invisible Man" 19th in the Top 100 English Novels of the 20th Century. Time Magazine included the novel in its list of the top 100 English novels from 1923 to 2005.

Invisible Man book summary :

The narrator begins to tell his story and describes himself as an "invisible man." His invisibility is not physical - not invisible - but is ignored. He said that if he was ignored, he could escape from the earth, stay underground and steal electricity from the only electric light and power company.

He lit 1,369 lights at the same time, listening to a CD playing Louis Armstrong's "What Did I Do to Get So Scared?" He claimed to be hiding under the ground to describe his life and his invisibility. As a young man, the narrator lived in the south in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Because of his eloquence, he was invited to speak to the white elite of the city.

 The whites give the narrator a briefcase with a scholarship to a reputable black school, but before doing so, insult him and persuade him to fight another black man. After the fight, the narrator is forced to pick up a "gold coin", just to be electrocuted. The narrator had a dream and saw that his profession was nothing more than a piece of paper that read: "To all of you ... keep this little nigger running."

Three years later, Kathak is studying at a university. He was called upon to expel Mr. Norton, a wealthy white school administrator. Norton is upset with his daughter and is unprepared for Jim Trubbrad, a poor, uneducated black man who conceived his daughter.

After hearing the story, Norton asked for a drink and the narrator went to the Golden Sun restaurant, which usually only serves black people. At the hotel, the mentally unbalanced black elders fought, and Norton fell into confusion. Norton, an experienced military nurse, mocks Norton and the narrator for giving a blind eye to ethnic issues.

Back in college, Reverend Homer A. Bobby gave the school's founder a stinking, long piece of advice, which was abundantly written and flattering. After the sermon, the narrator was summoned by the headmaster, Dr. Bladeso, who learned of his indecent trip with Mr. Norton yesterday.

Criticizing the narrator, Dr. Bladeso said he disrespected the image of the black man and showed the white ideal in the bright side. The principal then fires the narrator, gives him some work references, and sends him out to look for work.

The narrator went to Harlem in the 1930s, but could not find a job. Recommendations are useless. Eventually, the narrator goes to the location mentioned in the last letter and delivers it to a director named Emerson. There, he meets Emerson's son, who tells the narrator that he has been betrayed: Bladeso describes the narrator as shameless and unfaithful in a letter of recommendation.

Emerson Jr. helped the narrator get a job at a liberal color factory, and the paint ad was "Optical White." Narrator Lucius works as Brockway's assistant, but Brockway suspects he has ties to the union. The two quarrel, quarrel with each other, and neglect work; As a result, a reactor explodes and the narrator falls off.

In the hospital attached to the paint factory, the narrator finally wakes up, but temporarily loses his memory and is unable to speak. The white doctor took the opportunity to examine the patient with an electric shock. After the narrator regained his memory and left the hospital, he fell to the ground. Some black community acquaintances take her to Mary's house, who take her and look after her.

One day, the narrator sees an elderly black couple being evicted from their Harlem home and talking angrily in public. After listening to the lecture, the Jack brothers offered him a position as spokesman. The Brotherhood is a political organization that helps the poor and oppressed. At first, the narrator refuses the invitation, but takes the job in exchange for Mary's care.

 But the Brotherhood demands a change for the narrator, a clear break with the past and a new apartment. The narrator is taken to the "Chothonian Hotel" for a fraternal gathering, and Harlem is given the task of escorting him.

After being trained by the Hambro brothers, a white member of the organization, the narrator went to the area in Harlem responsible for it; There he met Todd Clifton, a handsome, funny black youth leader. The narrator also met with the black nationalist leader "Adviser" Ross, who opposes interracial brotherhood and believes that blacks should fight for their rights against all whites.

The narrator gives a lecture in Harlem and becomes a fraternity celebrity, and he feels uncomfortable about it. One day, he received an anonymous notice warning him not to use the fraternity for his own personal gain. The matter was referred to the fraternity committee for investigation, and the narrator was moved to another location to speak out for women's rights. One night, at the end of the narrator's speech, he was seduced by a white woman.

The Brotherhood then sends the narrator back to Harlem, but he sees that Clifton is gone. Many black members have left the organization, and many in the community feel that the fraternity has betrayed their interests. The narrator stumbles upon Clifton selling street dancing "sambo" dolls - dolls reminiscent of lazy, flattering slaves. Clearly, Clifton did not have a business license; The narrator and eyewitnesses accused the white police of shooting him and saw him shoot after a scuffle.

The narrator then arranges a funeral for Clifton, portraying him as a hero in his speech, winning the affection of the public. The Brotherhood is outraged by this unauthorized action, and Jack harshly criticizes the narrator. While talking about Jack Brotherhood's position, a glass artificial eye fell out of his socket. The Brotherhood sends the narrator to the Humbro brothers to learn new tactics for Harlem's struggle.

The narrator is angry and eager to avenge Jack and the Brotherhood. He suddenly came to Harlem to find racial tensions in the community. Ross finds him, thinking he misses the Brotherhood at Clifton's funeral. Ross sent someone to kill the narrator, who had to cover himself with sunglasses and a hat. Wearing black sunglasses, many neighbors mistaken her for Reinhard, who at the same time appeared to be a whore, a bookworm, a lover, and a priest.

Eventually, the narrator arrives at the Humbro brothers' residence, where Humbro tells him that the Brotherhood has decided not to focus on Harlem and the black movement. He contemptuously declared that the people were nothing more than tools and that the highest interests of the Brotherhood were more important than any other.

Remembering the advice her grandfather gave her, the narrator decided to act deaf and compelled. He decided to seduce the woman of the group leader to gain more privacy. However, Sibyl, the narrator's chosen woman, knows nothing about the Brotherhood and tries to use the narrator to satisfy her sexual fantasies. While he was with Sibyl, the narrator received a call from him to return to Harlem immediately.

At this point he heard the sound of glass breaking and the signal went off. When the narrator returns to Harlem, he sees the community in complete chaos and a riot begins; He learns that the Russians started it. The narrator is involved in a riot that burns down the unit.

As he fled, he was confronted by Russians dressed as African chiefs. Ras orders Kathak to be killed. The narrator is desperate and confronts the police, who suspect that his briefcase was looted from the riot. In the process of evading, the narrator accidentally falls into the cover of the manhole. After insulting him for a while, the police covered the hole.

The narrator says that he lived underground: the end of the story becomes the beginning of the story. He said he realized he had to be sincere about it while being responsible to the community. At this point, he said he was finally ready to return to the field.

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