Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Invisible Man

Ralph Ellison

fiction classics challenging reflective slow-paced

581 pages | first published 1952

Description

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 unpara...
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Moods

challenging 79%
reflective 76%
dark 65%
emotional 46%
tense 46%
sad 26%
informative 24%
adventurous 14%
funny 11%
mysterious 11%
inspiring 8%
hopeful 5%

Pace

slow 50%
medium 41%
fast 7%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 56% | A mix: 34% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 4%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 45% | No: 33% | Yes: 19% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 9% | No: 5%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 59% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 15% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.8