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The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
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Jul 25, 2007

really liked it
Recommended for: detective and sci-fi fans, lovers of Ralph Ellison
Read in January, 2005

This sleek, stylish, one-of-a-kind novel reads like a pulp sci-fi mystery, filtered through the searing racial consciousness of Ralph Ellison. An African-American woman in an alternate 1950s, where elevators and their inspection have bizarrely become the driving force in the national culture, must battle prejudice and bureaucracy to solve the mysterious failure of a seemingly unbreakable elevator. It's an uneasy, haunted book, beautifully written and crisply imagined, and a whole lot of fun.
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