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The Sellout: A Novel von Paul Beatty
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The Sellout: A Novel (2016. Auflage)

von Paul Beatty (Autor)

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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"--… (mehr)
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Titel:The Sellout: A Novel
Autoren:Paul Beatty (Autor)
Info:Picador (2016), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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I think this is probably quite a good book. I think satire is also quite hit-and-miss. It's especially tough if one is from a different culture entirely than the satirist! So, while I think I appreciate Beatty's highly-acclaimed book, I didn't understand a lot of it. Perhaps one day I shall. But seems pretty cool overall. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 5, 2021 |
A remarkable book. At first it seemed to be trying too hard to be funny, and it is indeed very funny in places. But it found its place in a serious, if satiric, examination of race in America. I'm not sure that this will resolve anything, but it should be read alongside serious non-fiction books presuming to move the conversation on race in America forward. ( )
  TomMcGreevy | Sep 29, 2021 |
Brilliant and important and hilarious and wince-producing novel. Can't recommend it highly enough. Instead of being hectored by Ta-Nehisi Coates, let yourself be filleted by Paul Beatty. THE SELLOUT is acerbic, merciless, and truly a LOL experience. One of the best books I've read in ages. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Hilarious, stylish, and unafraid of confronting America’s racial fault lines, this novel recalls nothing so much as the laugh-out-loud skit movie “Undercover Brother”. The African-American experience, both real and as stereotyped, is embraced by a brother of spirit and wit in Los Angeles, leading him to reintroduce segregation and indeed slavery. If it weren’t so funny, it would be hard-hitting, or perhaps the reverse. For me, another parallel would be the “Confederacy of Dunces” (reviewed here too, qv) with its outlandish protagonist, comical storyline, and presumed-but-not-easily-interpreted subversive intent. I loved it, but not everyone will. ( )
  eglinton | Aug 10, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
hinzugefügt von sgw160 | bearbeitenNew 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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