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The Sellout by Paul Beatty
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it was amazing

Imagine Nina Simone singing "Mississippi Goddam" reincarnated as an atomic bomb that
explodes high enough for all of America to see, while Mark Twain chuckles and says "I told ya so," from the relative safety of a bunker deep in the canon of American literature. That's nowhere near how incendiary, biting, acerbic, witty, smart, funny, explosive, hard-hitting and revelatory Beatty's satire is. The first 50 pages had me wondering if he could sustain this voice, this force for another page...the next 250 pages had me wondering how he succeeded and kept succeeding. Make no mistake, reading this book is like getting into the ring with the son of Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle if that son was given at birth to Muhammed Ali to raise. This book's language burns bright and showed up to fight hard. This is a book made for our times, one that is willing to ask difficult questions about 21st century identity, place and politics, and one that is not for the faint of heart.

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Reading Progress

February 25, 2015 – Shelved
February 25, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
March 20, 2015 – Started Reading
March 20, 2015 –
page 15
4.93%
March 21, 2015 –
page 90
29.61%
March 23, 2015 –
page 150
49.34%
March 26, 2015 –
page 210
69.08%
March 28, 2015 – Finished Reading

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Elaine H I agree with your assessment...I'm not a good enough writer or review to say the things that you said, except I am amazed at the brilliance of Mr Beaty.It's not an easy read when tired because there is somuch there to "google" and absorb....but I loved this book


John Pappas Me too!


Elaine H I'm a slow reader as there is the paper (god help us), the New Yorker and the Economist.....so I read at least 1 page a night of literature to stay happy


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