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The Nickel Boys: A Novel av Colson Whitehead
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel (utgåvan 2019)

av Colson Whitehead (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Nickel Boys: A Novel
Författare:Colson Whitehead (Författare)
Info:Doubleday (2019), Edition: First Edition/First Printing, 224 pages
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Be ready to be disturbed by reading this well-written book, which makes it easy to read. ( )
  JanEPat | Dec 7, 2021 |
Masterful novel by Colson Whitehead, based all too sadly, on the true history of a boys "reform school" which operated for decades in rural Florida. The telling is utterly realistic, unlike his Pulitzer-winning "Underground Railroad", which, though also tragic, was embellished with fanciful elements. The heartbreaking cruelty Whitehead depicts will tear at your soul. A beautiful book. ( )
  Octavia78 | Nov 28, 2021 |
«No soy negro, soy hombre.» Elwood Curtis se toma muy en serio las palabras de Martin Luther King y, al igual que él, sueña con hacer de este mundo un lugar más justo. Tras ser abandonado por sus padres y criado por su querida pero estricta abuela, este adolescente se ha convertido en un chico prometedor que ve en los estudios su única salida. Pero de poco sirve ser un buen estudiante en la Academia Nickel. Cuando, a causa de un malentendido, le encierran en este reformatorio, Elwood no tarda en darse cuenta de ello.

La Academia Nickel se vanagloria de convertir a sus internos en «hombres hechos y derechos» gracias a la instrucción «física, intelectual y moral» necesaria, pero este lugar oculta un brutal secreto y una realidad corrupta, respaldada por muchos y obviada por todos. El adolescente Elwood intentará sobrellevarlo con la ayuda de su buen amigo Turner, que piensa que la única forma de sobrevivir en la Nickel es emular la crueldad y el cinismo de sus opresores. Elwood, en cambio, prefiere seguir las enseñanzas del doctor King: «Enviadnos a la cárcel, y os querremos igual». El escepticismo de uno y el idealismo de otro les llevarán a tomar una decisión que tendrá inevitables repercusiones en su futuro.

Basada en el estremecedor caso real de un reformatorio de Florida que estuvo en funcionamiento durante más de un siglo y destrozó la vida de miles de niños, Los chicos de la Nickel es una novela devastadora que, a caballo entre el momento actual y el del final de la segregación racial estadounidense, en los años sesenta, muestra la genialidad de un escritor en la cima de su carrera. ( )
  Blankalix | Nov 8, 2021 |
Ultimately, an Inspirational Journey

Colson Whitehead packs a lot about racism into this very slim volume of fiction based on a real institution, the Florida School for Boys (now closed after 111 years of operation). That school may sound familiar to readers because after the 2009 St. Petersburg Times, exposé, followed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Justice Department, and University of South Florida investigations, the school became notorious for its cruelty that included murder, beatings, rape, pilfering for profit, and indentured servitude, that is, renting out boys for profit under the guise of community service. Those wishing to learn more about the school can consult the above sources, as well a couple books on the subject cited by Whitehead in his Acknowledgements. The Florida School for Boys took in both black and white boys and kept them in segregated quarters, with blacks getting the worst of everything. This is to say, you’ll learn a lot about the school and its abuses, but not everything. For that you’ll want to consult the cited sources, as well as Wikipedia.

Whitehead’s novel essentially follows the lives of two very different boys, the diligent, aspirational Elwood and the pragmatic, rough and tumble Turner, though other boys and staff enter the picture to illustrate the myriad of abuses inflicted on the boys. In an institution that tortured boys and crushed their faith in everything, including in themselves and each other, these two form a friendship that binds them throughout their time in the Nickel Academy, up until the poignant conclusion of the novel. This bond comprises the emotional heart of a story packed with outrage upon outrage, as well as practices of whites that were the standard in the Jim Crow South. And this bond epitomizes the power of respect, admiration, and dignity. Though an emotional journey to take with these boys, as it is filled with terrible cruelty and crushing disappointment, especially in the first part, when hopes for Elwood rise against the reality we know he will face, and later when we wish white staffer Harper will be at least a little bit different—through it all, it’s a journey that will enlighten your life. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Si la marginalitat pot ser difícil de portar, quan tens més d'un factor de marginació la vida se't pot fer impossible. I això és el que ens relata Whitehead (el cognom sembla un acudit de mal gust!) a Els nois de la Nickel: Les vivències dels nois d'un "reformatori" i com els transformen per sempre més. És tan dolorós tot el que s'hi explica (la impunitat, la hipocresia d'uns -els blancs, els guardes- el mal físic i psicològic, la injustícia dels altres -els nois, sobretot els negres) que és un llibre que se m'ha fet difícil de llegir. Ben emmarcat en la societat americana del moment 1960 (?) i l'esperança que representà Martí Luther King, espanta pensar que d'això fa quatre dies!
La traducció impecable. ( )
  Montserratmv | Oct 31, 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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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.

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