The Nickel Boys


      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 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 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. Download The Nickel Boys Author Colson Whitehead – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

I m the author of the novelsZone OneSag HarborThe Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN Hemingway award John Henry Days, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Apex Hides the Hurt, winner of the PEN Oakland Award I ve also written a book of essays about my home town, The Colossus of New York, and a non fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker called The Noble Hustle A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, I live in New York City.My latest book, The Underground Railroad, is an Oprah s Book Club pick.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 224 pages
  • The Nickel Boys
  • Colson Whitehead
  • English
  • 04 January 2017

10 thoughts on “ The Nickel Boys

  1. says:

    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 Thehe understands the freedom he deserves, the less freedom he has and that 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...

  2. says:

    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 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 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 zone,you 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 ...

  3. says:

    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 theeffective in delivering its 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 theeffective 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...

  4. says:

    Quick update Meeting Colson Whitehead last night was great He was so hilarious I don t think one person in the room expected him to be as funny as he was A gorgeous man funnier than any of us could imagine He stayed away from the seriousness of the topics in his books A little quote from Colson about book genres Colson said there are only 2 types of books in the world those you like, and those you don t Super man Super authorSuper fun listening to him speak Audiobook Quick update Meeting Colson Whitehead last night was great He was so hilarious I don t think one person in the room expected him to be as funny as he was A gorgeous man funnier than any of us could imagine He stayed away from the seriousness of the topics in his books A little quote from Colson about book genres Colson said there are only 2 types of books in the world those you like, and those you don t Super man Super authorSuper fun listening to him speak Audiobook narrated by JD Jackson and Colson Whitehead.I m seeing Colson Whitehead this week in Santa Cruz, at a book reading With much to admire about his body of work as an author and humanitarian, it will be exciting to meet him The Nickel Boys , is a fictitious story inspired by truth of what happened at the state run institution, The Dozier, Florida, School for Boys that took place at the height of the Civil Rights Movement The Nickel Academy was an establi...

  5. says:

    The thought of this book stirs up a pain so sharp it almost seems my flesh lay open.There 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 theresonant by the realization that the story is inspired by true events, that it captures between its page the remembered violence of America s history fathomless and ugly Colson Whitehead refuses to do their reader the dishonor of the lies, the comfortable omissions, and I m glad for it The thought of this book stirs up a pain so sharp it almost seems my flesh lay open.There 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...

  6. says:

    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 bookYou 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 admiring Dr 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 Whiteh...

  7. says:

    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, Before starting ...

  8. says:

    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 well some might say flawlessly In fact I wouldn t dare to critique it on that level Its structure, pacing, etc are exemplary.Exemplary, yet, I was left 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 well some might say flawlessly In fact I wouldn t dare to critique it on that level Its structure, pacing, etc are exemplary.Exemplary, yet, I was left wanting I wanted to hear the author ...

  9. says:

    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 gotfor your money, or so they used to say, are in segregated juvenile revised review 5 stars It was quite a sight, all the boys, big and small, hustling in unified purpose, paint on their chins, ...

  10. says:

    A world of injustice or the truer, biding worldThe Nickel Boysmelds 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 ev...

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