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The Nickel Boys: A Novel av Colson Whitehead
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel (utgåvan 2020)

av Colson Whitehead (Auteur)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, 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 of 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 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, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions 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 Academy.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, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.… (mer)
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Titel:The Nickel Boys: A Novel
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What an ending

Unimaginable and hard to believe that this happened in our country and to children. There is really nothing to say but that you have to read. ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
I didn’t realize this until I sat to write this review, but this book is a great read alike for one of my favorite books from high school that I would have a very hard time suggesting to anyone. That book was sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra‘s, and I think this book by whitehead is very similar. Both stories have to do with teenagers being put into Reform base situation is like a jail or a school and the powers that be taking advantage of them. Nickel boys has a lot more ties to modern day for moderators because it is with a conscience of a focus on the injustice of black American citizens. I would highly recommend this book to teenagers especially teenage boys ( )
  rdwhitenack | Feb 15, 2021 |
This story hit me hard. It's powerful. Unnerving. As it was meant to be. For me it was reminiscent of Bays End by Edward Lorn, in that innocence is irretrievably lost. Reminded me of Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers, in that all the boys wanted (for the most part) was to do their own thing and be left well alone.

In my youth I was a wild kid, and had to be in a couple of placements, so the structure created in this book really came alive. Waking up at a certain time, chores, school, family visits. That aspect was very well done. I never experienced abuse, thank goodness, so I can't speak to what it's like to live that kind of hell. But I do remember missing home. That was well portrayed in this book.

Overall, the writing was immaculate. The message clear. All emotional strings were pulled. No, yanked. Pulled is too soft a word. Regardless of how you take this book in, do so. You need to experience it. ( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
C'est toujours aussi éprouvant de lire ce que les humains sont capables de faire à d'autres humains... ( )
  Domdupuis | Feb 7, 2021 |
Good book. Well-written, as can be expected from Colson Whitehead, and definitely a page turner. The story is told from the POV of the main character, Elwood Curtis, a young Black man living in Talahassee, who is sent to a reform school after being caught up in a crime that he had no part of. The school, the Nickel Academy, is based on a real school called the Dozier School for Boys that was in business for over 100 years, finally closing in 2011. The school routinely tortured boys who disobeyed in any way, and killed many. Two things keep this book from being too grim: First, the relationship between Elwood and another boy at the school named Turner. That friendship is at the heart of the book, and becomes the key to a twist at the end. Second, the book goes back and forth in time, so you know that Elwood is alive later in life and is doing well. In spite of the grimness of the school, I didn't find this book hard to read - in fact, I couldn't put it down. ( )
  meredk | Jan 26, 2021 |
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The books feel like a mission, and it’s an essential one. In a mass culture where there is no shortage of fiction, nonfiction, movies and documentaries dramatizing slavery and its sequels under other names (whether Jim Crow or mass incarceration or “I can’t breathe”), Whitehead is implicitly asking why so much of this output has so little effect or staying power. He applies a master storyteller’s muscle not just to excavating a grievous past but to examining the process by which Americans undermine, distort, hide or “neatly erase” the stories he is driven to tell.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraThe New York Times, Frank Rich (betalvägg) (Jul 14, 2019)
 
Even when he’s arrested on the flimsiest evidence and sentenced to Nickel Academy, Elwood clings to his faith that goodness will be rewarded, that the rule of law will prevail. The academy, as Whitehead presents it, is a place of well-groomed exteriors and encouraging principles — a place, if you will, like the United States at large... And what a deeply troubling novel this is. It shreds our easy confidence in the triumph of goodness and leaves in its place a hard and bitter truth about the ongoing American experiment.
tillagd av Lemeritus | ändraThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (betalvägg) (Jul 9, 2019)
 

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They were sent to Nickel for offenses Elwood had never heard of: malingering, mopery, incorrigibility. Words the boys didn’t understand either, but what was the point when their meaning was clear enough: Nickel. I got busted for sleeping in a garage to keep warm, I stole five dollars from my teacher, I drank a bottle of cough syrup and went wild one night. I was on my own trying to get by (Whitehead 81).
He had a date, now he needed a course of action. He felt rotten those first days out of the hospital until he came up with a scheme that combined Turner’s advice with what he’d learned from his heroes in the movement. Watch and think and plan. Let the world be a mob Elwood will walk through it. They might curse and spit and strike him, but he’d make it through to the other side. Bloodied and tired, but he’d make it through (Whitehead 93).
“It used to be worse in the old days,” Harper said, “from what my aunt says. But the state cracked down and now we lay off the south-campus stuff.” Meaning, they only sold the black students’ supplies. “We had this good old boy who used to run Nickel, Roberts, who would’ve sold the air you breathe if he could’ve. Now that was a crook!” (Whitehead 97).
The boy had been a reedy little runt when he got to Nickel and regularly punked out his first year until he learned to fight, and then he preyed on the smaller kids, taking them into closets and supply rooms—you teach what you’re taught (Whitehead 170).
Plenty of boys had talked of the secret graveyard before, but as it had ever been with Nickel, no one believed them until someone else said it.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, 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 of 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 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, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions 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 Academy.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, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

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