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The Sellout: A Novel av Paul Beatty
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The Sellout: A Novel (utgåvan 2016)

av Paul Beatty (Författare)

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"Raised in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens--improbably smack in the middle of downtown L.A.--the narrator of The Sellout resigned himself to the fate of all other middle-class Californians: "to die in the same bedroom you'd grown up in, looking up at the crack in the stucco ceiling that had been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist at Riverside Community College, he spent his childhood as the subject in psychological studies, classic experiments revised to include a racially-charged twist. He also grew up believing this pioneering work might result in a memoir that would solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a shoot out with the police, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral and some maudlin what-ifs. Fuelled by this injustice and the general disrepair of his down-trodden hometown, he sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident--the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins, our narrator initiates a course of action--one that includes reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school--destined to bring national attention. These outrageous events land him with a law suit heard by the Supreme Court, the latest in a series of cases revolving around the thorny issue of race in America. The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the most sacred tenets of the U.S. Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality--the black Chinese restaurant"--"A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court"--… (mer)
Medlem:MichaelKelly
Titel:The Sellout: A Novel
Författare:Paul Beatty (Författare)
Info:Picador (2016), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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As an outsider to the U.S., I kept thinking "Is it really that bad? Is America forever to be a nation segregated by hate?" According to Beatty, there is no 'race' that has an iota of respect for any other and often not a lot of respect for themselves. Depressing, especially when you cast your furtive eye globally. However, making you think outside the limits of a story is what a good story does, and this succeeds with its biting satire and laugh out loud humour. I found it both wickedly entertaining and cringingly insightful into the state of race relations in the U.S. today. Some of the social media exchanges between my white liberal U.S. friends and their friends of colour now make a lot more sense - and not in a good way. ( )
  KarenBayly | Apr 10, 2021 |
One of the funniest books I've ever read. Every pretense, is turned upside down and hypocrisies are gleefully exposed. I loved it ( )
  bcoynedavies | Mar 17, 2021 |
A mixture of bizarre, abrasive, confusing, uncomfortable, and poignant, this novel tells how a boy raised as a psychology experiment becomes a man trying to protect his city and foster racial harmony through segregation, slavery, and urban agriculture. The solutions presented feel both wrong and logical and challenge the reader to consider the nature of "equality" and how the lessons we learn as children might not be the ones we need in adulthood.

On reflection, I'm not sure if I agree with all that I've written. There's a lot to this novel and a lot that I don't understand, but I enjoyed it and it made me think. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Feb 24, 2021 |
It's tough to pin down how I feel about this one. I kind of feel like I missed something here in all the buzz around this book or I missed something in the course of reading it, because I feel like I missed whatever point Beatty is trying to get at and it just feels like a shaggy dog story. Or maybe there's not a point beyond skewering any and every American perception of race today? Or maybe I'm supposed to find my own point? Or maybe I just missed it entirely.

Anyhow, I really enjoyed this, regardless of my own anxiety about missing out on the big takeaway(s) of the book. It's laugh-out-loud funny (something I find rarer and rarer in books these days) and genuinely had me thinking a lot. In all of the stupid arguing over whether American writers should be allowed in the Man Booker competition, I'm glad that this got in there. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
The mode Beatty adopts here is one that I don't love. There's something very off-hand about it, and that mixed with the absurd (which I'm ok with in general) kept the book from working for me on the whole, though there were certainly passages I liked. I couldn't help thinking back as I read this to the satire and absurdity of Giles Goat Boy, and to Pynchon in tedious absurdity mode. I've read a few books this year about being black in America, and so far I've found the older ones, the ones that dramatized something closer to reality, resonated more for me. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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tillagd av sgw160 | ändraNew York Review of Books, Darryl Pinckney (Dec 22, 2016)
 
But somehow, The Sellout isn't just one of the most hilarious American novels in years, it also might be the first truly great satirical novel of the century.
 

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"Raised in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens--improbably smack in the middle of downtown L.A.--the narrator of The Sellout resigned himself to the fate of all other middle-class Californians: "to die in the same bedroom you'd grown up in, looking up at the crack in the stucco ceiling that had been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist at Riverside Community College, he spent his childhood as the subject in psychological studies, classic experiments revised to include a racially-charged twist. He also grew up believing this pioneering work might result in a memoir that would solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a shoot out with the police, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral and some maudlin what-ifs. Fuelled by this injustice and the general disrepair of his down-trodden hometown, he sets out to right another wrong: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident--the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins, our narrator initiates a course of action--one that includes reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school--destined to bring national attention. These outrageous events land him with a law suit heard by the Supreme Court, the latest in a series of cases revolving around the thorny issue of race in America. The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the most sacred tenets of the U.S. Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality--the black Chinese restaurant"--"A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court"--

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