This book is fascinating as a period piece about the culture of the era and black experience, and Ellison has a poetic writing style that at times lapses into the cadence of the Beat period. Joe Morton's reading is masterful, and the audiobook was worth listening to just for the narration. I didn't find this book particularly enjoyable as an on-the-road companion to keep one's mind off the boredom of travel (and it's full of heavy symbolism/allegory to puzzle through) but I do think it's a must for America readers.
Ralph Ellison's _The Invisible Man_ demonstrates the author's genius in his ability to both entertain readers and provide material necessary for serious scholars. It’s difficult to talk about specific aspects of the book without revealing plot surprises, so I will have to make do with praising the book’s overall effect: It is impossible to bestow too many superlatives on this work. Joe Morton was an incredible narrator who infused the main character with both the passion and antipathy inherent to his situation. Additionally, Morton made the other characters come alive in an equally expressive manner. It was a joy to listen to these CDs because it was so easy to keep the characters and their respective personalities separate in my mind. This was due in large part to Morton’s amazing performance.
This brilliant and eloquent novel of one man's journey into himself is brought to life by Joe Morton's brilliant performance. He inhabits the central character with an intensity that I have rarely experienced in any acted medium. He perfectly captures the horrible and the hilarious aspects of the story, and expresses the lyrical prose in a beautiful way. Kudos to Ellison and Morton