The Sellout by Paul Beatty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Mind. Blown. Yep, meeting this author is a top priority for me.
The book is a delirious, maniacal satire of all things racial; no one is spared.
This luscious lampoon utterly torches the culturally delicate, safe-spaces mind set. It will, in fact, leave this group twitching in corners for all eternity. It is kryptonite for the “thought police”, as well. It is hard to read. It must be read.
You will ask yourself, “Did he just say that? Did he just go there?” repeatedly. Because the content is so explosive, you can’t write it off as campy or zany. Mr. Beatty has a lot to say about race in America and once you get past the provocation, you are in a solidly thoughtful space, where your point of view just might expand. I am guessing that this is Beatty’s objective.
Warning: The profanity is stupefying. However, the story he writes is so original, so unorthodox, and so marvelously cynical that even with the vile language, it is a noble creation.
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