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Slumberland: A Novel von Paul Beatty
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Slumberland: A Novel (2009. Auflage)

von Paul Beatty

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Ferguson Sewell, aka DJ Darky, is a jazz enthusiast who does porno film scores to make money. Claiming to have a phonographic memory, Sewell is obsessed with the Schwa--a brilliant musician who supposedly disappeared into Cold War Berlin in the 1960s. When Sewell receives an already-scored production from a West Berlin bar called Slumberland, he's certain the film's incredible soundtrack is the work of the Schwa. So Sewell heads to Berlin, soon finding himself an exotic object of desire and watching as the city's walls crumble around him.… (mehr)
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Titel:Slumberland: A Novel
Autoren:Paul Beatty
Info:Bloomsbury USA (2009), Paperback, 256 pages
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  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
i hate this writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( )
  freakorlando | May 14, 2020 |
This book is best suited to people that are fanatical about music and are interested in Berlin when the wall fell.

The book left me with mixed feelings. It was entertaining, albeit more witty than funny. The author's name-dropping approach to musical and other references eventually becomes annoying. ( )
  M_Clark | Jul 19, 2019 |
Like his jazz-cat heroes whose names pop up throughout "Slumberland," Paul Beatty doesn't write as much as riff. "Slumberland" is a story about a Los Angeles hip-hop dweeb and turntablist savant who decamps to Berlin in the late eighties in search of a phenomenally talented, long-missing jazzman named Charles Stone. If you'll read it, though, you'll also get acquainted with what might be Beatty's opinions of Tom Cruise, Wynton Marsalis, techno music, and the hygienic habits of modern Germans. Like a talented soloist, Beatty somehow manages to keep it all together; "Slumberland" is messy, hyperactive, and playful, but it never comes off as sloppy. Beatty's kinetic, often uproariously funny prose – keeps "Slumberland" from becoming a long series of pointless digressions.

Beatty's trying to make his readers laugh,of course, but there's a lot of serious stuff in "Slumberland," too. Beatty's fascinated by American blackness and his decision to situate his story in Berlin lets him play with this theme in some interesting and unexpected ways. Offhand, I can't think of another novel with a beautiful, biracial East German dancer in it. Situating his novel in this world-altering time and space lets both Beatty and his characters consider whether race, which is to say, blackness, is still a useful category in a constantly transforming world. The answer they come up with is "yes," and much of that has to do with black music. It's not surprising, then, that Beatty also nails the mania that drives DJs and music nerds in general to find the coolest, most obscure sounds they can find, and even manages to even write about the experience of listening to music without resorting to journalistic cliché or vague superlatives, and that's a lot harder than it sounds. I can't imagine that "Slumberland" will be everyone's thing, but it's fierce, funny, and a whole lot more profound than you'd figure. Recommended. ( )
1 abstimmen TheAmpersand | Mar 31, 2012 |
I sipped my beer, the second-best beer I'd ever had,* and asked the question I imagined all great artists ask themselves before engaging in the creative process: "Is there a God?" I weighed the arguments pro (Hawaiian surf, Welch's grape juice, koala bears, worn-in Levi's, the northern lights, the Volvo station wagon, women with braces, the Canadian Rockies, Godard, Nerf footballs, Shirley Chisholm's smile, free checking, and Woody Allen) and con (flies, Alabama, religion, chihuahuas, chihuahua owners, my mother's cooking, airplane turbulence, LL Cool J, Mondays how boring heaven must fucking be, and Woody Allen), not so much to prove or disprove the existence of a powerless almighty, but to engage my increasingly tipsy thought process with so much conscious prattle that an idea might strike me when I wasn't looking*The first being a Budweiser tall boy I'd snuck into the Mothers Against Drunk Driving fundraiser. (p79) ( )
  lieslmayerson | Jan 31, 2010 |
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Ferguson Sewell, aka DJ Darky, is a jazz enthusiast who does porno film scores to make money. Claiming to have a phonographic memory, Sewell is obsessed with the Schwa--a brilliant musician who supposedly disappeared into Cold War Berlin in the 1960s. When Sewell receives an already-scored production from a West Berlin bar called Slumberland, he's certain the film's incredible soundtrack is the work of the Schwa. So Sewell heads to Berlin, soon finding himself an exotic object of desire and watching as the city's walls crumble around him.

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