My copy of Invisible Man is almost 600 pages, and it took me a long while to get through it. There were days I could not put it down and days I made excuses to finish it.
My first response was to feel put off by some of the language and and a couple of inappropriate situations. I had to white out the blasphemy because I don't like it.
The plot moved quickly from one problem to the next, but the longwinded speeches, sermons, and soliloquies dragged on from time to time. Some were good lectures - don't get me wrong; but they went on far too long for my attention span.
Sometimes the story made me tired and angry of the racism, again, and yet other times I was persuaded by the main character's arguments. I went back and forth between liking him and hating him, even within the same chapter on the very same page.
And there were times when I really loved Ellison's writing: no wonder we had to read Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway to prepare us for that stream of consciousness; however, Ellison certainly does not use it to the extend that Woolf did. His stream was much more cohesive. But it was enjoyable at times.
Unfortunately, the issues within this novel were often inappropriate, infuriating, convoluted, or absurd; it frustrated me. Now I am so grateful to be done with it. So in the next few days, I will attempt to get through the Well-Educated Mind questions, and then I'll be able to begin my next novel on the list.