Sep 27, 2020
The Nickel Boys
Posted by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow era Florida.As 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 Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow era Florida.As 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 about to enroll in the local black college But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides physical, intellectual and moral training so the delinquent boys in their charge can become honorable and honest men In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear out back Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr King s ringing assertion Throw us in jail and we will still love you His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble The tension between Elwood s ideals and Turner s skeptici

  • Title: The Nickel Boys
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • ISBN: 07489765893762334227922842279228154579657042279228200422792280385537077139780385537070162019422792284227922815457965704227922842279228342279228882713795694411649842279228342279228
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow era Florida As the Civil Rights movement begin

    Roxane

    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 jux I loved [...]


    Paromjit

    Colson 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 Colso [...]


    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five blood freezing, rage boiler, pump squeezer, 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 o F [...]


    Beata

    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 boys in the 1960s who are sent to the so called reform school, The Nickel Academy, wh Be [...]


    Brandice

    True to form, Colson Whitehead delivers another well written, deep story that while incredibly devastating, deserves to be told The Nickel Boys is fictional account based on the true, horrifying Dozier School for Boys in good ol Florida, which Whitehead references at both the beginning and end of the book You can hide a lot in an acre, in the dirt I was immediately a fan of Elwood, the main character, a virtuous teenage student, following rules, respecting authority, and ad [...]


    D. St. Germain

    revised review 5 stars It was quite a sight, all the boys, big and small, hustling in unified purpose, paint on their chins, the chucks wobbling as they ferried the cans of Dixie As part of their community service, The Nickel Boys paint buildings Dixie White, while avoiding sadistic and potentially fatal beatings delivered via a leather strap named Black Beauty The boys, cheaper than a dime a dance and you got for your money, or so they used to say, are in segregated juvenile det revised review [...]


    Marchpane

    A world of injustice or the truer, biding world The Nickel Boys melds When They See Us with The Shawshank Redemption and Colson Whitehead s faultless instincts as a novelist Some books are 5 stars because they strike a chord with your own specific reading tastes some are 5 stars because they are so good everybody should read them This book is firmly in the latter category The Nickel Boys is about a reformatory school for boys effectively a prison during the Jim Crow years, based [...]



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