Rich Gamble's Reviews > Platitudes: & the New Black Aesthetic

Platitudes by Trey Ellis
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Feb 16, 12

bookshelves: 80s, vintage-contemporaries
Read from February 15 to 16, 2012

This is Post-modern with a big capital P. Trey has gone to great lengths to try and cram (or ruin if you will) this book with upside-down bits, things like a whole multiple choice test paper as a character sits an exam (didn’t read) and a complex structure; two fictional writers writing one story which is the novel ‘platitudes and sharing ideas with each other thing. It sort of works only because Trey Ellis can actually write good prose under both these guises and the characters are still sort of likeable. I found the exchanges between the two writers the lowlight, especially the feminist chick who always seems to come in just as things get going…but that’s the annoying thing about po-mo; you’re not meant to get comfortable right? The Black Aesthetic essay at the end is interesting and it is refreshing to read a hip young people’s novel from the black middle class which is what this is 80% of the time. Worth a try if you find it in an op shop somewhere and the above musing don’t put you off..
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