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O the fate of lower middle class Californians I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 uake Raised by a single father a controversial sociologist he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies He is led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes But when his father is killed in a police shoot out he realizes there never was a me The Sellout is a fun novel full of humour and many moments of bitter irony The tone is angry full of frustration and seething with sarcasm but it is also repetitive to a fault After around thirty pages I felt like I’d read everything this novel had to offer It was abundantly clear that the remainder would be pretty much the same thing an author satirising the realities of Black American life through using several clever and creative narrative devices After a while it began to grow so very tiresome to the point of utter annoyingness It lacked direction and a sense of purpose beyond what was established very early on At times it even felt like a series of loosely connected rants and personal grievances in the form of chapters It was a very taxing read The writing did begin with undeniable power and authority; it was compelling and convincing though as the narrative progressed it did not pick up any momentum but lingered on similar ideas and stayed very stationary I found myself yawning at the forced comic moments as this narrator circulated around the same themes yet again By the end of the book it was a relief to finish; it was a relief not to hear the voice of the narrator ever again For me the style in which it was told offset much of what the book did successfully do The Sellout won The Man Booker Prize in 2016 and despite my despondency with the book I can see why It is a very timely piece addressing many of the problem blacks face in a country that has supposedly moved on from its original sin of slavery Segregation has ended racism is officially at an all time low but the issues remain Society does not change overnight or as it may seem over many decades More time is needed Scratch but the surface as Paul Beaty has done here and you will see how not so far in the past some of these ideas are It is still very much recent history This is undoubtedly highly intelligent writing but the style receptiveness and general lacklustre the narrator portrayed was not to my liking The first hundred pages or so ought to have been followed by a story of growth of some sort or at the very least an explanation or perhaps a suggestion why there wasn’t one from a narrator who at times appeared to be moving in a new direction but never seemed to fully commit beyond the first few steps he took Perhaps I lacked the patience for this one Perhaps my Englishness meant that some of the subtle nuances within the writing were wasted on me from a cultural standpoint Whatever the reason I can see why this book won but I don’t necessarily like it personally This is pretty much sums up my response to the winner of the 2015 Man Booker as well The Sellout like A Brief History of Seven Killings is a creative piece rich in originality but not one I can engage with Desire In His Eyes (Hamilton Sisters, the fate of lower middle class Californians I'd die in L.A.byrinthe : Enquête sur les meurtres de Tupac Shakur et Notorious B.I.G, sur l'implication de Suge Knight, le patron de Death Row Records, et sur ... à avoir éclaboussé la police de Los Angeles the same bedroom I'd grown up in looking up at A Cowboy Christmas the cracks in One of Each the stucco ceiling Unlikely Lovers that've been Mistletoe and Mochas there since '68 uake Raised by a single father a controversial sociologist he spent his childhood as The Cancer Teacher: Practical and Spiritual Lessons For Helping a Cancer Fighter the subject in racially charged psychological studies He is led Immediate Knowledge and Happiness (Sadhyomukti): The Vedantic Doctrine of Non-Duality to believe Scented Lust that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir Turbulence that will solve his family's financial woes But when his father is killed in a police shoot out he realizes The Golfer and the Millionaire: It's About Having the Drive to Succeed there never was a me The Sellout is a fun novel full of humour and many moments of bitter irony The Scented Holiday (Dogon-Hunters) tone is angry full of frustration and seething with sarcasm but it is also repetitive A Knight and White Satin to a fault After around Flushed Away (Movie Storybook) thirty pages I felt like I’d read everything Winning Psychology of Defensive Traders : Powerful East-Asian Ideas and Concepts that will Improve Your Financial Habits for Trading, Investing, Business and Life this novel had Don't Let Me Go to offer It was abundantly clear Little Prisoners: A Tragic Story of Siblings Trapped in a World of Abuse and Suffering that Sari Sleepover (The Sleepover Club, the remainder would be pretty much A Girl's Guide To Kissing Frogs the same The Levelling Sea: The Story of a Cornish Haven in the Age of Sail thing an author satirising Stones the realities of Black American life A Race for Madmen: The History of the Tour de France through using several clever and creative narrative devices After a while it began The Promised Land to grow so very Forgotten Child tiresome The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E to The Promise of Happiness the point of utter annoyingness It lacked direction and a sense of purpose beyond what was established very early on At The Key times it even felt like a series of loosely connected rants and personal grievances in FIRST WEEK AT COW SCHOOL the form of chapters It was a very The Fine Colour of Rust taxing read The writing did begin with undeniable power and authority; it was compelling and convincing Love, Splat though as Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale: The Untold Story of Science and the Peppered Moth the narrative progressed it did not pick up any momentum but lingered on similar ideas and stayed very stationary I found myself yawning at The Sixth Wife the forced comic moments as The Question this narrator circulated around I Heart Bedtime (Martha and the Bunny Brothers the same Good Bad Woman themes yet again By Would Like to Meet the end of A Good Land the book it was a relief The Giant Within: Maximize Your Self-Esteem to finish; it was a relief not A História de Edgar Sawtelle to hear Love Is a Four-Letter Word the voice of Scandals the narrator ever again For me The Rest Is Noise Series: Zion Park: Messiaen, Ligeti, and the Avant-Garde of the Sixties the style in which it was The Half Truth told offset much of what The Fifth Child the book did successfully do The Sellout won The Man Booker Prize in 2016 and despite my despondency with First Guide to Horse and Pony Care the book I can see why It is a very The Watcher timely piece addressing many of Abandoned Child the problem blacks face in a country The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza And The Finsbury Park Mosque that has supposedly moved on from its original sin of slavery Segregation has ended racism is officially at an all Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev time low but The Times a Year in Nature Notes the issues remain Society does not change overnight or as it may seem over many decades More Allan Stein time is needed Scratch but Managing Anger: Simple Steps to Dealing with Frustration and Threat the surface as Paul Beaty has done here and you will see how not so far in Rush to the Dead Summer the past some of Kansas in August these ideas are It is still very much recent history This is undoubtedly highly intelligent writing but Maggie the style receptiveness and general lacklustre The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named the narrator portrayed was not The Peoples of Middle-earth to my liking The first hundred pages or so ought How to predict the weather with a cup of coffee: and other techniques for surviving the 9-5 jungle to have been followed by a story of growth of some sort or at Kandahar Cockney the very least an explanation or perhaps a suggestion why An Angel Held My Hand there wasn’t one from a narrator who at Joy times appeared Railway Day Trips: 150 classic train journeys from around Britain to be moving in a new direction but never seemed Uprooted - A Canadian War Story to fully commit beyond Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics the first few steps he The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty took Perhaps I lacked The Snake-Oil Dickens Man the patience for The Stonecutter this one Perhaps my Englishness meant Snake-Oil Dickens Man that some of The Garden in the Clouds: From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise the subtle nuances within The Stonecutter the writing were wasted on me from a cultural standpoint Whatever Three Complete Novels: The Last Place God Made / The Savage Day / A Prayer for the Dying the reason I can see why The Broomstick Collection this book won but I don’t necessarily like it personally This is pretty much sums up my response Nature Conservation to Flameborn: HarperImpulse Paranormal Romance the winner of The Exotic Meat Cookbook: From Antelope to Zebra the 2015 Man Booker as well The Sellout like A Brief History of Seven Killings is a creative piece rich in originality but not one I can engage with

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Moir All that's left is the bill for a drive thru funeralFueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown the narrator sets out to right another wrong Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal Hominy Jenkins―he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school which lands him in the Supreme Court DNFThis entire novel especially the prologue reminded me of the ramblings of someone’s old grandpa rocking on the front porch of his clapboard home I can only assume this is exactly what Beatty was going for by the direction the novel ended up taking but I felt like I was reading—no sifting through—a bunch of nonsense I just wanted to be done with And a lot of this read like an ultra liberal excuse to spout out the n word hard er mind you as both a starting point comma and full stop to every paragraph It was absolutely exhaustingI was looking forward to a good satire but I don’t think I ever laughed once because I was too distracted by trying to figure out what the hell he was even rambling about and how it fit into any possible plot line ironic device literary direction hell even a Katt Williams like satirical skit anything I wanted to like this one – the first time non Commonwealthers are allowed to be considered for the Man Booker Prize and an American—I’d be lying if I didn’t go ahead and point out—and African American wins it I HAVE to read it; I’m so excitedI’m so confusedI’m so let down I don’t want to take away from the win at all Have it; keep it Paul Beatty But I’m not on the bandwagon Not even a little bit DNFFOLLOW ME HEREGoodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Get a Copy of My Book | Book Editing Author Coaching Submit Your Book to Me His Boy Next Door: Season Three that's left is Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat the bill for a drive Gron's Fated thru funeralFueled by The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America this deceit and The Mortal Word the general disrepair of his hometown Harbor Me the narrator sets out The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert to right another wrong Dickens has literally been removed from Teach Yourself Arabic the map The Last Queen of Sheba to save California from further embarrassment Enlisting The Last Queen of Sheba the help of Not Your Nest! the Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact and Justice in the Modern Era town's most famous resident―the last surviving Little Rascal Hominy Jenkins―he initiates Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: How to Harness AI and Maintain the Competitive Edge the most outrageous action conceivable reinstating slavery and segregating The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent the local high school which lands him in Cracking The Code: My Journey To Bollywood the Supreme Court DNFThis entire novel especially Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater the prologue reminded me of Black Reign Saga the ramblings of someone’s old grandpa rocking on Captured by the Alien Savage the front porch of his clapboard home I can only assume Bayou Bad Boys this is exactly what Beatty was going for by Bayou Bad Boys the direction Just the Way You Are the novel ended up The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century taking but I felt like I was reading—no sifting Our Gandhi: Child of Fear to Man of Freedom through—a bunch of nonsense I just wanted Driven To Murder to be done with And a lot of Driven To Murder this read like an ultra liberal excuse Beg for Mercy to spout out Jack-in-the-Box the n word hard er mind you as both a starting point comma and full stop Wojna polsko-jaruzelska: stan wojenny w Polsce 13 XII 1981-22 VII 1983 to every paragraph It was absolutely exhaustingI was looking forward Waiting For a Girl Like You (Drawn to the Rhythm, to a good satire but I don’t Waiting For a Girl Like You think I ever laughed once because I was The Chemistry Redemption too distracted by Hit and Run (Blue Sox, Book 3) trying I Was Your Fool to figure out what The Loved Dead And Other Tales the hell he was even rambling about and how it fit into any possible plot line ironic device literary direction hell even a Katt Williams like satirical skit anything I wanted One September Morning to like Ladyhawke this one – Killer's Law the first Visible Lives: A Tribute To E. 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A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution urban life the civil rights movement the father son relationship and the holy grail of racial euality―the black Chinese restaurantBorn in the agrarian ghetto of Dickens―on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles―the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself t As an urban commuter I felt that pulling a book out with lawn jockeys on the cover should come with a disclaimer Hey everybody it’s meant to be – you know – ironic It’s written by a black guy; it’s satire And just so you know my iPhone doesn’t have one word of Breitbart News on itSatires to me are like hoppy craft beers The natural skew to the bitter side should be balanced out for optimal flavor Paul Beatty’s deft touch with a joke made the astringency you’d expect from charges of racism something other than a straight diatribe Smiles open minds than they closeThe premise of the book is actually sort of absurd Bonbon the narrator farms the land in the “agrarian ghetto” neighborhood of LA called Dickens His father was a sociologist who performed half crazy race centric experiments on him when he was young that never amounted to meaningful research but did mess with his mind a bit When his father died shot in a police snafu the son inherited the farm a funeral bill and a legacy of racial awareness Then since it was an embarrassment to the city of LA Dickens just disappeared from the map At that point our narrator mounts an informal campaign to bring Dickens back He makes signs announcing that a driver is entering draws lines surrounding the area then hits on the idea of segregating it to really stand out He had an accomplice named Hominy Jenkins a celebrity of sorts known for being the last surviving cast member from The Little Rascals Hominy like the famous Buckwheat was a pickaninny who could “black it up” with bug eyes and electrified hair on cue Somehow Hominy had it in his increasingly senile head that race had meaning to him then and that a way to recapture this feeling was to offer himself up as a slave doing light labor he was old on the farm The book opens out of order with this voluntary slavery case being heard by the Supreme Court Like I said it’s kind of ridiculous but it does allow a very full discussion of race – the stereotypes the archetypes and a panoply of attitudes from subtle to extremeWhat the book lacked in plausibility it made up for in presentation It’s like a serious essay on black consciousness as presented by Dave Chappelle at his edgy observational best Let my try to convince you by way of example § As Bonbon’s court case was making its way up the judicial ladder he said “In neighborhoods like the one I grew up in places that are poor in praxis but rich in rhetoric the homies have a saying I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six I'm not all that streetwise but to my knowledge there's no appellate court corollary I've never heard a corner store roughneck take a sip of malt liuor and say ‘I'd rather be reviewed by nine than arbitrated by one’§ He wondered why a certain successful type would mostly “talk black” dropping g’s in their gerunds but when it came to their public television appearances they’d sound like “Kelsey Grammer with a stick up his ass”§ Opining about another black intellectual “Come on he cares about black people like a seven footer cares about basketball He has to care because what else would he be good at”§ Foy Cheshire was a prominent archetype who hosted a dying cable show focusing on black issues had become successful stealing ideas from the narrator’s father and had no original thoughts of his own Foy was the one who had dubbed Bonbon ‘the sellout’ for not buying into a very particular brand of racial animosity Someone speculated that “If he Foy was indeed an ‘autodidact’ there's no doubt he had the world's shittiest teacher”§ In one of the few non race related comments Bonbon said “I've always liked rote The formulaic repetitiveness of filing and stuffing envelopes appeals to me in some fundamental life affirming way I would've made a good factory worker supply room clerk or Hollywood scriptwriter”§ Hominy was actually pretty lucid for someone who sought beatings and servitude One example “You know massa Bugs Bunny wasn't nothing but Br'er Rabbit with a better agent”§ Here’s a great rejoinder to all who suggest “You'd rather be here than in Africa The trump card all narrow minded nativists play I seriously doubt that some slave ship ancestor in those idle moments between being raped and beaten was standing knee deep in their own feces rationalizing that in the end the generations of murder unbearable pain and suffering mental anguish and rampant disease will all be worth it because someday my great great great great grandson will have Wi Fi”§ I also liked the name that Bonbon imagined for the white only school in his planned segregation – Wheaton Academy In contrast nonwhites had Chaff Middle School The WheatonChaff distinction was a big oneI laughed every time I picked this book up And I’m certainly sympathetic to the essential plight despite the anaesthetizing humor In addition though I didn’t catch every reference my street smart I is now at least a little closer to triple digits Plus its recognition in winning the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction as well as the Booker Prize speaks to the uality of the writing Beatty’s background in poetry comes through with great word choices and cadences Even so I had to dock one star While it’s easy enough to see the satirical poke at wrong headedness it was harder to figure the purpose of Bonbon’s ironic prescription I wouldn’t presume that the segregation was meant to provide motivation for Blacks and Latinos though the Chaff School’s rising performance numbers were cited as though they were a conseuence of having been separated The fact is though there weren’t any white kids there to begin with Was it like the arguments you sometimes hear about the advantages of an education at a traditionally black university I couldn’t say Nor do I think the counterintuitive premise was meant just for a laugh My best guess is that the extreme actions – slavery and segregation orchestrated by a black man – were meant to draw attention to the still existing subtle forms of racism There was a line in the book about how it’s illegal to shout fire in a crowded theater Bonbon went on to say that he whispered ‘Racism’ in a post racial world Beatty himself in interviews is tight lipped when asked what he thinks it all means Maybe the discussions the book inspires are what matter most In His Sights the race River of Secrets trial Lady Drusilla's Road to Ruin that sends him Phantom's Baby to Wolf Hall the Supreme Court Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic 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    If Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Chappelle had a baby and really messed with its head it would write this novel I hope Paul Beatty takes that as a compliment because it's meant that wayThis is some seriously biting satire You know it right away since it begins with the main character a black man before the Supreme Court because he's charged with keeping a slave Most of the novel is a flashback showing us how the protagonist not only kept a slave but attempted to re segregate his formerly all black now mostly hispanic city Yes it sounds crazy It sounds even crazier because the narrator isn't a racist crazy person but a relatively enlightened guy who's decided this is how he gets his city back on the map It's a zany book a constant study of and commentary on race It's often hilarious and not for the faint of heart or tired of mind I had a great time reading it but I admit now I'm hesitant to know how to talk about it So much in this book is untouchable and off limits and taboo It's also brilliant and constantly unexpected


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    Paul Beatty’s novel is a savage satire about a “post racial America” and it points out how absurd that notion really isThe black narrator Bonbon grew up in a “disappeared” LA suburb – once an “agrarian ghetto” called Dickens – where he was subjected to his father’s sociological experiments about raceAfter his father is “accidentally” killed by the LAPD see? This is some serious shit he wants to reintroduce slavery and gradually segregation first in buses and then in a school dittoHe elicits help from his friend Hominy the last surviving member of TV's Little Rascals he was Buckwheat’s understudy All his efforts eventually land him in jail where his case goes to the Supreme Court I read this book months ago but didn’t review it then I’m not sure why I didn’t get all the references and while I found Beatty’s prose and ideas sharp lively and “Omigod did he just write that?” funny I also found the experience exhaustingHumour – and this book is hilarious at times – is a brilliant way of dealing with serious subjects But you’ve got to mix up your act I guess I wanted the book to be grounded so the angry humour could stand out in relief There’s the opportunity to do that in the possible romantic relationship between the narrator and a bus driver but Beatty doesn’t do much with thisStill Beatty takes on every African American stereotype and politically correct notion and successfully skewers it Goodreaders especially will appreciate his extended riff on the liberal white washing of literatureThus Mark Twain’s classic gets renamed The Pejorative Free Adventures and Intellectual and Spiritual Journeys of African American Jim and His Young Protégé White Brother Huckleberry Finn as They Go in Search of the Lost Black Family UnitSome stand alone sections are brilliant savage little poetic salvos whose targets are worthy of sending up Beatty started out as a poet But as much as I enjoyed the book and appreciated the ideas Beatty raised I think I like my anger and injustice served up a bit directly


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    As an urban commuter I felt that pulling a book out with lawn jockeys on the cover should come with a disclaimer Hey everybody it’s meant to be – you know – ironic It’s written by a black guy; it’s satire And just so you know my iPhone doesn’t have one word of Breitbart News on itSatires to me are like hoppy craft beers The natural skew to the bitter side should be balanced out for optimal flavor Paul Beatty’s deft touch with a joke made the astringency you’d expect from charges of racism something other than a straight diatribe Smiles open minds than they closeThe premise of the book is actually sort of absurd Bonbon the narrator farms the land in the “agrarian ghetto” neighborhood of LA called Dickens His father was a sociologist who performed half crazy race centric experiments on him when he was young that never amounted to meaningful research but did mess with his mind a bit When his father died shot in a police snafu the son inherited the farm a funeral bill and a legacy of racial awareness Then since it was an embarrassment to the city of LA Dickens just disappeared from the map At that point our narrator mounts an informal campaign to bring Dickens back He makes signs announcing that a driver is entering draws lines surrounding the area then hits on the idea of segregating it to really stand out He had an accomplice named Hominy Jenkins a celebrity of sorts known for being the last surviving cast member from The Little Rascals Hominy like the famous Buckwheat was a pickaninny who could “black it up” with bug eyes and electrified hair on cue Somehow Hominy had it in his increasingly senile head that race had meaning to him then and that a way to recapture this feeling was to offer himself up as a slave doing light labor he was old on the farm The book opens out of order with this voluntary slavery case being heard by the Supreme Court Like I said it’s kind of ridiculous but it does allow a very full discussion of race – the stereotypes the archetypes and a panoply of attitudes from subtle to extremeWhat the book lacked in plausibility it made up for in presentation It’s like a serious essay on black consciousness as presented by Dave Chappelle at his edgy observational best Let my try to convince you by way of example § As Bonbon’s court case was making its way up the judicial ladder he said “In neighborhoods like the one I grew up in places that are poor in praxis but rich in rhetoric the homies have a saying I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six I'm not all that streetwise but to my knowledge there's no appellate court corollary I've never heard a corner store roughneck take a sip of malt liuor and say ‘I'd rather be reviewed by nine than arbitrated by one’§ He wondered why a certain successful type would mostly “talk black” dropping g’s in their gerunds but when it came to their public television appearances they’d sound like “Kelsey Grammer with a stick up his ass”§ Opining about another black intellectual “Come on he cares about black people like a seven footer cares about basketball He has to care because what else would he be good at”§ Foy Cheshire was a prominent archetype who hosted a dying cable show focusing on black issues had become successful stealing ideas from the narrator’s father and had no original thoughts of his own Foy was the one who had dubbed Bonbon ‘the sellout’ for not buying into a very particular brand of racial animosity Someone speculated that “If he Foy was indeed an ‘autodidact’ there's no doubt he had the world's shittiest teacher”§ In one of the few non race related comments Bonbon said “I've always liked rote The formulaic repetitiveness of filing and stuffing envelopes appeals to me in some fundamental life affirming way I would've made a good factory worker supply room clerk or Hollywood scriptwriter”§ Hominy was actually pretty lucid for someone who sought beatings and servitude One example “You know massa Bugs Bunny wasn't nothing but Br'er Rabbit with a better agent”§ Here’s a great rejoinder to all who suggest “You'd rather be here than in Africa The trump card all narrow minded nativists play I seriously doubt that some slave ship ancestor in those idle moments between being raped and beaten was standing knee deep in their own feces rationalizing that in the end the generations of murder unbearable pain and suffering mental anguish and rampant disease will all be worth it because someday my great great great great grandson will have Wi Fi”§ I also liked the name that Bonbon imagined for the white only school in his planned segregation – Wheaton Academy In contrast nonwhites had Chaff Middle School The WheatonChaff distinction was a big oneI laughed every time I picked this book up And I’m certainly sympathetic to the essential plight despite the anaesthetizing humor In addition though I didn’t catch every reference my street smart I is now at least a little closer to triple digits Plus its recognition in winning the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction as well as the Booker Prize speaks to the uality of the writing Beatty’s background in poetry comes through with great word choices and cadences Even so I had to dock one star While it’s easy enough to see the satirical poke at wrong headedness it was harder to figure the purpose of Bonbon’s ironic prescription I wouldn’t presume that the segregation was meant to provide motivation for Blacks and Latinos though the Chaff School’s rising performance numbers were cited as though they were a conseuence of having been separated The fact is though there weren’t any white kids there to begin with Was it like the arguments you sometimes hear about the advantages of an education at a traditionally black university? I couldn’t say Nor do I think the counterintuitive premise was meant just for a laugh My best guess is that the extreme actions – slavery and segregation orchestrated by a black man – were meant to draw attention to the still existing subtle forms of racism There was a line in the book about how it’s illegal to shout fire in a crowded theater Bonbon went on to say that he whispered ‘Racism’ in a post racial world Beatty himself in interviews is tight lipped when asked what he thinks it all means Maybe the discussions the book inspires are what matter most


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    The Sellout is a fun novel full of humour and many moments of bitter irony The tone is angry full of frustration and seething with sarcasm but it is also repetitive to a fault After around thirty pages I felt like I’d read everything this novel had to offer It was abundantly clear that the remainder would be pretty much the same thing an author satirising the realities of Black American life through using several clever and creative narrative devices After a while it began to grow so very tiresome to the point of utter annoyingness It lacked direction and a sense of purpose beyond what was established very early on At times it even felt like a series of loosely connected rants and personal grievances in the form of chapters It was a very taxing read The writing did begin with undeniable power and authority; it was compelling and convincing though as the narrative progressed it did not pick up any momentum but lingered on similar ideas and stayed very stationary I found myself yawning at the forced comic moments as this narrator circulated around the same themes yet again By the end of the book it was a relief to finish; it was a relief not to hear the voice of the narrator ever again For me the style in which it was told offset much of what the book did successfully do The Sellout won The Man Booker Prize in 2016 and despite my despondency with the book I can see why It is a very timely piece addressing many of the problem blacks face in a country that has supposedly moved on from its original sin of slavery Segregation has ended racism is officially at an all time low but the issues remain Society does not change overnight or as it may seem over many decades More time is needed Scratch but the surface as Paul Beaty has done here and you will see how not so far in the past some of these ideas are It is still very much recent history This is undoubtedly highly intelligent writing but the style receptiveness and general lacklustre the narrator portrayed was not to my liking The first hundred pages or so ought to have been followed by a story of growth of some sort or at the very least an explanation or perhaps a suggestion why there wasn’t one from a narrator who at times appeared to be moving in a new direction but never seemed to fully commit beyond the first few steps he took Perhaps I lacked the patience for this one Perhaps my Englishness meant that some of the subtle nuances within the writing were wasted on me from a cultural standpoint Whatever the reason I can see why this book won but I don’t necessarily like it personally This is pretty much sums up my response to the winner of the 2015 Man Booker as well The Sellout like A Brief History of Seven Killings is a creative piece rich in originality but not one I can engage with


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    I bought a copy of this book in great condition for 35 cents and somehow that wasn't even in the top 5 best parts of my reading experienceThankful for library sales and thankful for Paul BeattyThis book is whip smart hilarious and unlike anything I've ever read or ever will read again It's a literary satire that manages to achieve the trifecta well written and genuinely funny with something brilliant to say I don't want to write any Why waste time reading my words about Paul Beatty's words when you could just cut to the chase and treat yourself to the real thing?Bottom line Read this book45 stars i am spending this month reading books by Black authors please join mebook 1 The Stars and the Blackness Between Thembook 2 Homegoingbook 3 Let's Talk about Lovebook 4 Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Racebook 5 The Sellout


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    Satire is a difficult genre to assess and review particularly when it is so tightly bound to a culture one does not share On the positive side this book is often very funny and is full of ideas and snipes at deserving targets Over the length of a novel though the tone is somewhat relentless and the story does not seem to have enough weight to sustain the interest it seems like a series of set pieces Not a book to read if you are easily offended either but the issues Beatty addresses about the state of race relations in America 50 years after Martin Luther King cannot be faced without such boldness So an interesting book to have read but maybe not uite the stuff of Booker winners and I hope there are better ones on the longlist


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    DNFThis entire novel especially the prologue reminded me of the ramblings of someone’s old grandpa rocking on the front porch of his clapboard home I can only assume this is exactly what Beatty was going for by the direction the novel ended up taking but I felt like I was reading—no sifting through—a bunch of nonsense I just wanted to be done with And a lot of this read like an ultra liberal excuse to spout out the n word hard er mind you as both a starting point comma and full stop to every paragraph It was absolutely exhaustingI was looking forward to a good satire but I don’t think I ever laughed once because I was too distracted by trying to figure out what the hell he was even rambling about and how it fit into any possible plot line ironic device literary direction hell even a Katt Williams like satirical skit anything I wanted to like this one – the first time non Commonwealthers are allowed to be considered for the Man Booker Prize and an American—I’d be lying if I didn’t go ahead and point out—and African American wins it I HAVE to read it; I’m so excitedI’m so confusedI’m so let down I don’t want to take away from the win at all Have it; keep it Paul Beatty But I’m not on the bandwagon Not even a little bit DNFFOLLOW ME HEREGoodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Get a Copy of My Book | Book Editing Author Coaching Submit Your Book to Me


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    I don't recall reading a book which I loved so much in the beginning and was soooo fed up with in the end It's too much of too much There are about zero normal sentences and that was very tiring It reminded me of Steve Toltz' uicksand I couldn't keep up with avalanches and avalanches of wit satire It's a damn shame 'cuz I laughed out loud the first chaptersI also think the book is better for native speakers lots of linguistic humor and if you live in the States lots of inside jokes historicalcommercialpop cultural references I would give it a try and maybe read it slow and in several sittings


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    ”when I did what I did I wasn’t thinking about inalienable rights the proud history of our people I did what worked and since when did a little slavery and segregation ever hurt anybody and if so so fucking be it”My copy of this novel is spiked with tabs marking something deeply insightful stabbingly funny or needing revisiting There is simply too much to point to Beatty must have been saving up observations about race relations in America to get so much into this relatively short novel He never tells us why his fictional California town is named Dickens—it can’t be about the author—but I think it has to do with a classic American imprecation “Go to the Dickens” though I am certainly willing to be challenged on this supposition Dickens is also used as an exclamatory “What the dickens” standing in for “What the Fk” in marginally polite white dialogue and perhaps even in the L’il Rascals film archives though I am going to have to check on that”They won’t admit it but every black person thinks they’re better than every other black person”Beatty’s narrator Bonbon Me is the sellout He just doesn’t seem to get the “black” thing He identifies as human first black second Beatty doesn’t target black folk alone Everyone is skewered in this wild ride through a Los Angeles southwest suburb that still has farm zoning allowing families to live among livestock chickens cotton watermelon and weed A proud descendant of the Kentucky family called Mee and one whose forefather subseuently dropped the extraneous “e” our narrator Bonbon Me has a case before the Supreme Court a “screw faced” black Justice about his ownership of a slave in the present day That alleged slave Hominy Jenkins literally declaimed his status one day to our narrator as a result of Me still having agricultural interests and therefore probably needing a slave Hominy moved in What could Me do?Well shortly after rapacious real estate developers convinced officials to remove signs demarking the township of Dickens Me made and put up new signs and drew a white line around the streets and houses comprising Dickens and re segregated “No Whites Allowed” One may be curious why he would do this since the town was already black but he felt he was saving something making a point They can’t just muscle in and erase a towna culturea people That’s not fairness People actually do care if you are white brown black or yellow Sellout Bonbon had mused for some that if the black community in Dickens just took “their racial blinders off for one second they’d realize Dickens was no longer black but predominantly Latino” So he was just making Dickens “eual” by excluding whites It’s not discrimination exactly It’s euality ”The Supreme Court is where the country takes out its dick and tits and decides who’s going to get fucked and who’s getting a taste of mother’s milk It’s constitutional pornography in thereand whatabout obscenity? I know it when I see it Me vs the United States of America demands a fundamental examination of what we mean by ‘separate’ by ‘eual’ by ‘black’Beatty demurs when critics point out his work as a satire It isn’t he says It’s reportage The material in this book is in fact observable in everyday America ”Black people don’t even talk about race Nothing’s attributable to color any It’s all ‘mitigating circumstances’ The only people discussing ‘race’ with any insight and courage are loud middle aged white menwell read open minded white kidsa few freelance journalists in Detroit”Author interviews with Beatty are some of the most uncomfortable I have ever heard or read Beatty stutters and avoids sometimes flat out refuses to entertain a uestion Examples Boston NPR Onpoint and Ebony He clearly doesn’t like talking about “what his book means” He wants his book to start the conversation We’re supposed to be telling him what it meansto usas individuals rather than as a class He says often in interviews “I am uncomfortable talking about this” He does not appear to be uncomfortable writing about what he sees and what he thinks about what he sees so folks interested in making him a spokesperson for black people will have to turn to his writing But there aren’t answers there either really It is just raw material for the discussion we are all meant to have In a reading Beatty gave at Politics Prose the Washington DC bookstore Beatty told the audience that he teaches a writing course at Columbia University and one of his students said to him “I feel sorry for you guys” as though the race issue were finished and is nothing now compared with yesterday Beatty was shocked It reminded me of young upwardly mobile women saying they don’t experience sexism today Me I incline towards Ta Nehisi Coates’ June 2014 Atlantic article “The Case for Reparations” Not that money will fix anything It is the discussion about reparations that might fix something Nigerian novelist Chris Abani in a riveting conversation with American novelist Walter Mosley says America has had a uniue relationship with blackness that say Europe really hasn’t had As much as people like to pretend slavery isn’t really over


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    Imagine Nina Simone singing Mississippi Goddam reincarnated as an atomic bomb thatexplodes high enough for all of America to see while Mark Twain chuckles and says I told ya so from the relative safety of a bunker deep in the canon of American literature That's nowhere near how incendiary biting acerbic witty smart funny explosive hard hitting and revelatory Beatty's satire is The first 50 pages had me wondering if he could sustain this voice this force for another pagethe next 250 pages had me wondering how he succeeded and kept succeeding Make no mistake reading this book is like getting into the ring with the son of Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle if that son was given at birth to Muhammed Ali to raise This book's language burns bright and showed up to fight hard This is a book made for our times one that is willing to ask difficult uestions about 21st century identity place and politics and one that is not for the faint of heart