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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. Five blood freezing rage boiler pump sueezer creator of several lumps on your throat tear jerker wake up call for all the injustice unacceptable unfair wrongdoings of the system stars As soon as I closed the book I just sat for at least two hours paralyzed did nothing lost confused agitated speechless deeply wholeheartedly painfully sorry for the characters and all the suffering they had to endure The worst thing is I didn t read a fiction I definitely read something based on true stories When you re surrounded by your own choices which make you feel safe and careless and stick to your daily routine reach out to your own comfort zoneyou always tend to forget what happens at the outside This book makes you remember it with a harsh vulgar ugly slap on your face It makes you remember outrageous darkest shameful era of American history It starts with Elwood s story who is smart who likes comic books so much who is hard worker and who has bright future by starting his college education But everything changed as soon as he found himself a stolen car and accused wrongly as a thief was sent to Nickel Academy segregated juvenile full of racism torture abuse brutality Elwood seems like a na ve who still thinks he could fight against injustice corruption repression in the school As soon as he meets with cynical smart practical Turner who finds his partner in crime to survive in this jungle You can find the great balance and mash up of many produced perfect stories of injustice in this book starting from Kill a Mockingbird Fruitvale Station Do the right thing When They See Us Shawshank Redemption If you could survive after reading brutal aggressive raw raging things that the characters endured and fought against by sharpening their survival skills and have a good stomach to absorb the details you re gonna read because there are so many truths hidden inside between the lines this book is great way to face the other side of frightening human history that encourages you do something by raising your voice and stop acting like three wise monkeys by opening your eyesThe ending was another surprise and gut wrenching twist knocks you outI wanted to finish my review with the remarkable words of Martin Luther King Jr s uote Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly Sigh SighSigh I think I will continue to sit speechless lost shaken angsty sadI need time to absorb what I ve just readbloginstagramfacebooktwitter

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The Nickel Boys

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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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 injustice unacceptable unfair wrongdoings of the system stars As soon as I closed the book I just sat for at least two hours paralyzed did nothing lost confused agitated speechless deeply wholeheartedly painfully sorry

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    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

  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 hea

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    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 wel

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    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 how to say in words right now My heart feels as raw as a burn; a feeling made all the resonant by the realization that the story is inspired by true events that it captures between its pages the remembered violence of America's history—fathomless and ugly Colson Whitehead refuses to do their reader the dishonor of th

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    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 narrat

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

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    Before starting this novel I had read several interviews with Colson Whitehead and reading them added to my understanding of THE NICKEL BOYS Mr Whitehead chose to write about a piece of history which even he had known nothing about before 2014 a reform school for boys which operated for decades and where children were treated with cruelty and brutality A deeply disturbing and shocking novel about two black b