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The Sellout: A Novel af Paul Beatty
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The Sellout: A Novel (udgave 2016)

af Paul Beatty (Forfatter)

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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"--… (mere)
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Titel:The Sellout: A Novel
Forfattere:Paul Beatty (Forfatter)
Info:Picador (2016), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
Samlinger:Læser for øjeblikket
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I sampled this on Kindle and it's clearly a deftly written satire. As a white chick from the suburbs I feel like reading the whole thing and waxing poetic about its brilliance would be another form of condescension or appropriation. Disrespectful, somehow. At the very least, it would be like laughing at jokes I don't truly understand and partly suspect - or know full well - are making fun of me. I feel pretty well-aware of how fucked up things are in this country; my time is better spent trying to understand how I can help change them, not merely commiserating and pretending I "get it."
  Kim.Sasso | Aug 27, 2023 |
Yeah, nah, sorry. This book just didn't do it for me. I guess that's maybe since I'm not black or American and I have recently become really fed up with American politics. So the satire didn't really resonate with me because it seemed that it was saying stuff that was either obvious, or that just passed me by. Maybe if I was up to my neck in all that stuff it would have been more engaging.

There are also a number of technical flaws. Although the one liners are good, structurally the plot just feels like it's there to set up those gags. None of the characters seem to grow or develop, there is no dramatic tension and it's not clear what the characters want, or how they're unsatisfied with what they have. And when they do want something, they seem to get hold of it by chance as much as by effort. They're also not likeable. The protagonist and narrator lacks warmth and the characters around him aren't so much larger-than-life as overdrawn.

I found the writing pretty ugly. I shall give three examples, with commentary, to illustrate my point:

"On the wall behind him were two framed, poster-size photos, one of a variety box of insanely puffy and succulent-looking donuts that looked nothing like the shrivelled-up lumps, so-called fresh pastries hardening before my eyes in the display case behind me."
Ignore the fact that shop-bought donuts are not shrivelled up lumps, and the ugliness of "so-called" there, and the fact that fresh pastries do, in fact, harden. The real question is how can something happen before your eyes in a display case behind you. I really wondered if this was part of the satire, but I can't see how it's deliberate. I think it's just a laughably bad description. Presumably it was impatiently typed out on the way to the next joke.

"For black people 'too many Mexicans' is the excuse we, the historically most documented workers in history, give ourselves for attending racist rallies protesting the undocumented workers..."
I mean, sure, maybe this doubling up of "history" is deliberate, but a) it's a very bad sign that a reader could suspect that it's not, because the writing is so consistently sloppy and b) if it's deliberate, what is it there for? There doesn't seem to be an interpretation where it's deliberate other than just because repetition is sometimes funny.

"She should've known that while 250 poor colored kids getting inferior education will never be front-page news, the denial of even one white student access to a decent education would create a media shit storm"
OK, I find "shit storm" as two words ugly - especially in the same sentence as "should've" - but that's probably just a matter of personal preference. The real problem here is the sentiment. Firstly, it's almost certainly wrong - new data about poor school performance for minorities could certainly make the front page - but secondly, even as hyperbole it doesn't especially work because the sentiment is so obvious. It's really only one step away from "why don't the media ever report good news?" In this regard it's not reflective of the book as a whole in that some ideas put forward are quite sophisticated, but it is reflective of its inconsistency. There is a sense that the writer didn't leave any jokes out, no matter whether he even agreed with the sentiment or if it changes the tone or derails the narrative thread of a scene.

There's no doubt that this book has quality. It wouldn't have won the Booker Prize if it didn't, but I'm afraid it was mostly lost on me. ( )
  robfwalter | Jul 31, 2023 |
I admire much of the writing, but zero story and not funny enough/biting satire to hold up on its own. ( )
  Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
This is one messed-up, sly, opulent, lowbrow, over-intellectualized, honest, tricky ride. ( )
  grahzny | Jul 17, 2023 |
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 | May 1, 2023 |
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tilføjet af sgw160 | RedigerNew 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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