5 classic novels that beautifully explore the dark side of life in New York City

2. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

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    Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, Vintage, Paperback, 608 pp.
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A milestone in American literature for its portrayal of racial divides, Invisible Man is also a biting insight into the New York culture of the 1940's. Ellison's unnamed protagonist travels from college in the deep South to menial jobs in the city, on to become spokesperson for various political parties in Harlem and, finally, to retreat from society altogether. Passionately written and filled with layers and layers of nuances and subtleties about New York culture, "Invisible Man" is a book you won't be able to put down.

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