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At the world is crooked and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid troubleThe tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision with repercussions that 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 AcademyThe book is 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. 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 book You 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 Martin Luther King Jr En route to early college classes one day Elwood finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up sentenced to Nickel Academy a reform school for young men There he eventually becomes friends with another boy Turner who calls him out for being so naive The boys attempt to keep their heads down and do the work reuired of them in order to hopefully avoid harm and leave sooner rather than later Parts of the story flash forward to several years post Nickel and the ultimate outcome was not what I had expected A book that is tough to read given the grim subject but one that needs to be shared Infuriating and tragic The Nickel Boys is a small but powerful book that packs a punch

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Winner of the 2020 Pulizer Prize for FictionAs 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 a high school senior about to start classes at a local college But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future Elwo. 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 The he understands the freedom he deserves the less freedom he has and that juxtaposition drives this remarkable novel At times there were bits of prose that felt a bit half hearted like filler until he got to the part he was interested in I would have given this five stars but Whitehead uses cement instead of concrete at least 7 times I stopped counting after 7 times because it was too upsetting Cement water and aggregates make concrete Cement and concrete are not synonyms Why do copyeditors not catch this WHY Anyway great novel People are going to love this one BUT STILL CEMENT IS NOT CONCRETE

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Od is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy whose mission statement says it provides “physical intellectual and moral training” so the delinuent boys in their charge can become “honorable and honest men”In reality the Nickel Academy is a grotesue chamber of horrors 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 th. uick updateMeeting 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 uote 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 Audiobooknarrated by JD Jackson and Colson WhiteheadI 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 establishment for boys in Tallahassee Florida in the 1960 s It was a place where society didn t much care what happened to the boys who attended Some were orphans Others considered juvenile delinuents even for very minor wrongdoings The horrific atrocities that took place was sickening disturbingdehumanizing brutal unfathomable abuseincluding torture rape and murder BEYOND AWFUL in other words We follow the story of young Elwood Curtishis friend Turner and other boys as they describe their trips to the White House The stories are agonizingElwood was a decent better than decent young man with high marks in school with an idealistic outlook on human justice and racial euality but one day being in the wrong place at the wrong time got him sent to The Nickel Academy Elwood the kid who believed in justice civil rights before most did listened to Martin Luther King regularly got a huge ugly awakening at The Nickel SchoolHis dreams were shattered at the reformabusive school He struggled to understand all that was happening inside the walls of that institution But it was the goodness and memories of his grandmother and MLK that gave him hope to keep fighting for what was right I appreciate the importance of learning all that I didnot only from this book alone but from reading a little about the true horror stories at Florida s Dozier school in Marianna Floridawhich just recently and finally closed its doors in 2011 Over the past decade hundreds of men have come forward to tell the gruesome stories of abuse and the terrible beatings they suffered Listening to this story felt flat and monotonous at times I felt detached emotionally but intellectually I was appalled The writing was beautiful but I also felt detached from it through listening anyway Then I debated the uestion was this detachment best for this story Was it intentional or was it me Part of me thinks yes part of me thinks no to both uestions I hope to resolve this issue for myself after listening to Colson speak about this book I have a hunch that I ll connect with the physical book than I did the Audiobook andor connect with things differently after listening to Colson Whitehead speak this coming Thursday night I m looking forward to meeting him hearing him speak very muchThanks to my friend Margie for lending me her Audiobook so I didn t have to show up blind at the book reading this week


10 thoughts on “The Nickel Boys

  1. says:

    Five blood freezing rage boiler pump sueezer creator of several lumps on your throat tear jerker wake up call for all the injustice

  2. 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

  3. says:

    with a tightly plotted and masterfully crafted story this book absolutely demands to be read i can only say tha

  4. says:

    Winner of the Pulitzer PrizeColson 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

  5. 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 t

  6. says:

    uick updateMeeting 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 s

  7. says:

    The thought of this book stirs up a pain so sharp it almost seems my flesh lay openThere 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 the resonant by the realization that the story is inspired by true events that it captures between its pages the remembered violence of America's history—fathomless and ugly Colson Whitehead refuses to do their reader the dishono

  8. says:

    45 stars for a great book and sad times all around Appreciate the way the main characters uestion Dr King’s notion of still loving those who are cruel to you Elwood’s precociousness and Turner’s heroism are so admirable and endearing The plot twist is great too Whitehead is a skilled writer but I do wish his prose opened up to of Elwo

  9. 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 book ”You can hide a lot in an acre in the dirt” I was immediately a fan of Elwood the main character a virtuous teen

  10. says:

    Before starting this novel I had read several interviews with Colson Whitehead and reading them added to my unde