Race Matters Book Club
Race Matters Book Club: January 2021
The ACTS Race Matters Book Club takes a break in December and returns on Monday January 25 for a discussion of the classic, 'Invisible Man' by Ralph Ellison.
Alibris book seller offers these comments: 'One of the most important American novels of the twentieth century' The Times 'It is sometimes advantageous to be unseen, although it is most often rather wearing on the nerves' Ralph Ellison's blistering and impassioned first novel tells the extraordinary story of a man invisible 'simply because people refuse to see me'. Published in 1952 when American society was in the cusp of immense change, the powerfully depicted adventures of Ellison's invisible man - from his expulsion from a Southern college to a terrifying Harlem race riot - go far beyond the story of one individual to give voice to the experience of an entire generation of black Americans.
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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.
As our community’s social justice interfaith network, ACTS is hopeful that dialog will bring greater awareness and action. Our discussion sessions draw a diverse range of 20-30 people from throughout the area and from more than a dozen different congregations. Come once or come often to share your thoughts with others on the journey.
To register for the January 25 session, email petersarverACTS@gmail.com Zoom link will be sent closer to the date for those who have signed up.