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The Nickel Boys

af Colson Whitehead

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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.… (mere)
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I've added another favorite book to my 2021 favorites list. This was such a great read, and Colson Whitehead gave a unique perspective into the 1960s US South. This was a difficult read at times, but that worked to the story's benefit.
This is another book, however, where I'm not entirely sure how to review it. It's powerful, moving, and such an amazing story. I definitely recommend this as a read. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
Mr. Whitehead is a spare and beautiful writer. Nickel Boys is a compelling narrative about a Florida Reform School during the waning days of Jim Crow South and it’s inhabitants. I listened to this on Audible and at the risk of over dramatizing, time stood still while listening. I will guess Mr Whitehead May win another Pulitzer and well-deserved ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
It must be extremely difficult to write beautifully about devastation and suffering, but Colson Whitehead has this gift. Evocative, heartbreaking, and real. ( )
  jgmencarini | Jul 11, 2021 |
Powerful. ( )
  SocProf9740 | Jul 11, 2021 |
Abandoned by his parents, raised strictly by his loving grandmother, Elwood Curtis is kind, considerate, intelligent, hard-working but sadly for him: a black teenager living in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s. As he is getting ready to head off to college on a scholarship, he accepts a ride from a stranger, who is in a stolen car, sending Elwood to a reform school, called The Nickel Academy. Based on a real institution, Elwood's goal is to graduate, but his "uppity" and moral nature gets the best of him as he is beaten, degraded, made to feel worthless at every turn. I was enjoying the book and characters, but things came apart in Part III, where we are catapulted into the future and a successful career in NY for a Nickel Boy with the story of his success revealed agonizingly slowly. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 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.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerThe New York Times, Frank Rich (pay site) (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.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerThe Washington Post, Ron Charles (pay site) (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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