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The Sellout (Paperback)

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Foyles Book of the Year 2016

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`Outrageous, hilarious and profound.' Simon Schama, Financial Times `The longer you stare at Beatty's pages, the smarter you'll get.' Guardian `The most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I've read.' New York Times A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that's left is a bill for a drive-through funeral. What's more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court. In his trademark absurdist style, which has the uncanny ability to make readers want to both laugh and cry, The Sellout is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication Date: 01/06/2017 ISBN-13: 9781786071460  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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PAUL BEATTY is the author of the novels Slumberland, Tuff, The White Boy Shuffle and The Sellout, which won the Man Booker Prize in 2016. He is also the author of two books of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce, and is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. He lives in New York City.

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I initially saw that this won the Man Booker Prize, the synopsis then drew me in as I wanted to think more about the current race problems in the USA without reading a newspaper. This book really delves into the issue of what gives people purpose and meaning, how people present themselves and exploit one another/situations and is equally tragic and absurd. It is very funny as well. The prose might not be to everybody's liking, it can even be a bit difficult to follow but if you just let it wash over you it becomes immersive and, I think, brilliant. Definitely worth reading!

- 03/07/2017
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