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 Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to...

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Title:The Nickel Boys
Author:Colson Whitehead
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:B07J489X7H
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:224 pages pages

The Nickel Boys Reviews

  • D.  St. Germain
    Jul 06, 2019
    (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, wh...
  • JanB
    Jul 29, 2019
    Man?s inhumanity to man never fails to devastate me. Maybe my emotions are particularly raw this week but this book destroyed me. In a good way, as this is a story that needs to be told. The Nickel Academy is a true House of Horrors and the injustices done to the boys who reside...
  • Chris
    Aug 10, 2019
    "The Nickel Boys" is haunting and heartbreaking, and had me turning the pages both because I cared so profoundly about Colson Whitehead?s magnificently drawn characters, and because I was raging at the appalling injustice he was chronicling. This is a beautiful book and an important ...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    Aug 04, 2019
    4.5? ? ?Sometimes they take you to the White House and we never see your ass again. . . . Your family asks the school what happened and they say you ran away,? Turner said. . . . ?It?s not how it?s supposed to be,? Elwood said. ?Don?t nobody care about s...
  • Roxane
    Mar 12, 2019
    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...
  • Ron Charles
    Jul 09, 2019
    ?The Nickel Boys? draws its inspiration from incidents of abuse at the real-life Dozier School for Boys, a now-closed reformatory school in Florida that operated for more than a century. Though the facility opened with apparently good intentions to bring a more enlightened approach...
  • Kelli
    Aug 20, 2019
    Probably the best book I?ve read this year. Phenomenally written and wholly devastating. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jul 24, 2019
    Tallahassee, Florida, 1960's and Elwood a young black boy has big plans. He believes MLK that change is coming soon, that non violence and forgiveness with eventually free their people. Allow them the same rights as whites. But, this is the Jim Crow south and Elwood, with a belief in h...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    Mar 09, 2019
    This is the eighth book by Whitehead that I've read and by now I know what to expect from his fiction. It will be full of perfect sentences that never feel like they're showing off. It will break my heart at least three times in ways that are expected and surprising as a sucker punch. ...
  • Melki
    Jul 17, 2019
    The state opened the school in 1899 as the Florida Industrial School for Boys. "A reform school where the young offender of law, separated from vicious associates, may receive physical, intellectual, and moral training, be reformed and restored to the community with purpose and charact...
  • Marchpane
    Jun 28, 2019
    A world of injustice or the truer, biding world? The Nickel Boys melds 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 st...
  • sue
    Jul 28, 2019
    This book gives you the biggest slap in the face reality check you?ll ever want to experience. This is fiction based on fact. I really don?t think I?d have survived for long in these times of black (coloured) vs white folk. I just see people. I don?t see race, creed, religio...
  • Lisa
    Jul 29, 2019
    Once again Whitehead has taken me on a mind-blowing, heart-wrenching journey. The horrifying story of the fictionalized Nickel Academy (based on the Dozier School for Boys) is not a distant slice of history - it took place in my lifetime! The prose is clear and strong and every page is...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Aug 29, 2019
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 2.5 Stars What I picture the reaction of the masses will be when they see this rating . . . . . In case you aren?t familiar, very briefly The Nickel Boys is ?the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish r...
  • Emma
    Jul 19, 2019
    ?Even in death the boys were trouble.? The Nickel Boys opens with an unearthing of bones. In this physical evidence, held and photographed and catalogued, is an impossibility: denial. Cue shock and horror at this ?revelation?, a ?hidden? past in the form of dead black bo...
  • Michael
    May 27, 2019
    Harrowing and bleak, The Nickel Boys takes place at the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, but the novel depicts an entrenched system of institutionalized racism that?s nearly as brutal and dehumanizing as slavery itself. The story follows Elwood, an idealistic young m...
  • Gumble's Yard
    Jul 12, 2019
    Updated with new thoughts. Colson Whitehead?s ?The Underground Railroad? won both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book award and was longlisted for the Booker prize ? but as well as its literary prize recognition it gained a number of nominations for Science Fiction prizes ...
  • Brandice
    Jul 28, 2019
    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 begin...
  • Robin
    Aug 19, 2019
    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...
  • Paromjit
    Jul 07, 2019
    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 ea...
  • Tucker
    Jul 22, 2019
    Words fail me in trying to express how good this book is. What I can say is go buy and read it immediately. I read it over a week ago and it is still running through my mind. I anticipate it will continue to do so for quite some time. The best book I?ve read this year, and I?ve rea...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Aug 07, 2019
    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 the more resonant by the realization that the story is inspired by true event...
  • Read By RodKelly
    Mar 01, 2019
    In Colson Whitehead's latest historical masterpiece, a horrific, real-life reform school for boys in Florida is fictionalized as The Nickel Academy, a century-old institution where teenage boys, black and white, are sent for the slightest crimes: truancy, petty theft, "disrespecting" a...
  • Candie
    Aug 07, 2019
    Amazing book that deals with America's history of systemic racism and cruelty and both the immediate and long term effects it has on people's lives. I love a book that teaches me about our history, even if that history is appalling. The acts in this book are just inhumane and I am disg...
  • Beata
    Jul 26, 2019
    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 operate...
  • Tammy
    Feb 07, 2019
    The Florida Dozier School for Boys opened in 1900 and didn?t close until 2011. In this novel, it is renamed the Nickel Academy and the story is partially based upon true events that took place during the early 1960?s. Some of the boys, both black and white, had committed crimes whi...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Jul 26, 2019
    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, ...
  • Meike
    Jul 17, 2019
    This book equally moved and infuriated me - why can't we manage to finally render the attitudes discussed in this historical novel, well, historical? "The Nickel Boys" is a written monument to the black boys who - alone and helpless - were subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment in a...
  • Lark Benobi
    Jul 27, 2019
    I can say unequivocally that this is a well-written book. But maybe because it is grounded in a recent, true story, and maybe because Whitehead doesn't allow himself this time to mess with the facts the way he did in The Underground Railroad, this novel hit me as relatively lifeless, a...
  • Dean the Bibliophage
    Aug 25, 2019
    ?We must believe in our souls that we are somebody, that we are significant, that we are worthful, and we must walk the streets of life every day with this sense of dignity and this sense of somebody-ness.? Colson Whitehead possesses the dexterity and adroitness for writing abou...