There is so much to praise in this novel! My favorite theme is implied by the title: blindness and sight. This is a shakespearian topic and it runs throughout the whole story. To be invisible is to be a ghost, a non entity. I am sure Ellison was playing on the racial slur "spook". The invisibility of dark skin at night. Personhood is tied to being seen therefore invisibility is a denial of that status.
The novel is written like a series of linked short stories. The only thing that did not work was the end. The final section of the book lags and the climax is not satisfying.
It is still a terrific book and I highly recommend it....Continua