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Od is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy whose mission statement says it provides “physical intellectual and moral training” so the delinuent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men”In reality the Nickel Academy is a grotesue chamber of horrors Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment Elwood tries to hold onto Dr King’s ringing assertion “Throw us in jail and we will still love you” His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive th Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeColson Whitehead confirms his position as a phenomenal writer with this ostensibly heartbreaking and harrowing fictional storytelling but which is informed by the darkest most shameful and ugliest period of American history explored through the lives of two young boys set in the early 1960s Civil Rights time and all the horrors of the Jim Crow era in Frenchtown segregated Tallahassee Florida Whitehead writes in understated and subtly nuanced prose all the effective in delivering its relentless and emotionally hard hitting punches that live on in the memory long after the reader has finished reading the book Elwood Curtis is a bright and hardworking boy who lives with his beloved and strict grandmother who keeps him on the straight and narrow He is caught by the fire and ideals of Martin Luther King s spiritual rhetoric and philosophy and the fight for emancipation believing in the euality of everyoneExcited by the thought of attending a local black college the innocent Elwood s life is to fall apart when he is sent to the evil hellhole that is The Nickel Academy a segregated juvenile reform school run by the unbearably cruel and sadistic Maynard Spencer Elwood is to find himself in a racist place that has no interest in educating or improving the lives of the young men and where everyday life reeks of despair misery and never ending horrors Vicious brutality sexual abuse torture repression corruption disappearing boys and death are rife as Elwood struggles to maintain King s higher ideals of love trust and freedom in the face of his and his friend Turner s realities Turner has a cynical and jaundiced picture of the world he sees believing Elwood to be naive as he plots and schemes trying to avoid as much trouble as possible The boys futures are to be shaped by their experiences and what they have seen and Elwood is living in New York when a traumatic past that refuses to lie down returns into his lifeThe Nickel Academy is based on an actual reform school with its graveyard in Marianna Florida and interspersed in the narrative are uotes from the actual traumatised survivors of the place along with uotes from King himself Whitehead s novel is not only a scathing indictment of the likes of The Nickel Academy but of aspects of American society that allowed the existence of the reform school and the evil within and as such bear responsibility for what happened there but pertinently the political and social structures that legitimised such horrors and the wider racism and discrimination Whitehead shines a powerful light on American history the shadows of which have never gone away and which are undeniably present in our contemporary world A superb novel that is a must read of justice and injustice and which I feel is destined to become a classic in the future Highly recommended Many thanks to Little Brown for an ARC

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Winner of the 2020 Pulizer Prize for FictionAs the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart He is “as good as anyone” Abandoned by his parents but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother Elwood is a high school senior about to start classes at a local college But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future Elwo I loved this novel It is rich with detail the plot twists in a really interesting way the novel s structure is pretty brilliant and overall this is an ambitious book that was really well executed It is a coming of age story where that coming of age is warped by the atrocities of a school for boys in segregated Florida As Elwood awakens to the civil rights movement he is stripped of nearly all his rights The he understands the freedom he deserves the less freedom he has and that juxtaposition drives this remarkable novel At times there were bits of prose that felt a bit half hearted like filler until he got to the part he was interested in I would have given this five stars but Whitehead uses cement instead of concrete at least 7 times I stopped counting after 7 times because it was too upsetting Cement water and aggregates make concrete Cement and concrete are not synonyms Why do copyeditors not catch this WHY Anyway great novel People are going to love this one BUT STILL CEMENT IS NOT CONCRETE

Review Û PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ñ Colson Whitehead

At the world is crooked and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid troubleThe tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision with repercussions that will echo down the decades Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought the boys’ fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel AcademyThe book is based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children 45 stars for a great book and sad times all around Appreciate the way the main characters uestion Dr King s notion of still loving those who are cruel to you Elwood s precociousness and Turner s heroism are so admirable and endearing The plot twist is great too Whitehead is a skilled writer but I do wish his prose opened up to of Elwood s emotional psyche rather than his journalistic tone which limits the internal narrative and emotional experience Since this is a story based on reality we could have read a Wikipedia page or a journal instead I wish Whitehead had seized the opportunity of differentiating his fictional story with an added layer of emotional depth Regardless of that personal preference though it s still a great book


10 thoughts on “The Nickel Boys

  1. says:

    Five blood freezing rage boiler pump sueezer creator of several lumps on your throat tear jerker wake up call for all the in

  2. says:

    I loved this novel It is rich with

  3. says:

    with a tightly plotted and masterfully crafted story this book absolutely demands to be read i can only say that i think it would have benefitted from a less nonfiction esue writing style at times but even with my writing preferences i definitely see why this has received so much praise and would recommend it to anyone

  4. says:

    Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeColson Whitehead confirms his position as a phenomenal writer with this ostensibly heartbreaking and harrowing fictional storytelling but which is informed by the darkest most shameful and ugliest period of American

  5. says:

    The Nickel Boys a book about the horrors of a fictional reformatory school in 1960s Southern USA was my first experience reading Colson Whitehead I was excited to read this literary powerhouse author of nine novels one of which won the Pulitzer prize in 2017 As I dug into the book I recognised right away that it is written very well some might say flawlessly In fact I wouldn't dare to critiue it on that level

  6. says:

    uick updateMeeting Colson Whitehead last night was great He was so hilarious I don’t think one person in the room expected him to be as funny as he was A gorgeous man funnier than any of us could imagine He stayed away fro

  7. says:

    The thought of this book stirs up a pain so sharp it almost seems my flesh lay openThere is so much I can’t figure out h

  8. says:

    45 stars for a great book and sad times all around Appreciate the way the main characters uestion Dr King’s notion of still loving those who are cruel to you Elwood’s precociousness and Turner’s heroism are so admirable and endearing T

  9. says:

    True to form Colson Whitehead delivers another well written deep story that while incredibly devastating deserves to be told

  10. says:

    Before starting this novel I had read several interviews with Colson Whitehead and reading them added to my unde

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