The Sellout by Paul Beatty

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Some real tongue-in-cheek humour!  This book was the winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2016 if that sort of thing interests and/or appeals to you.  I picked this book up at an airport just before boarding and I did pick it up because of its cover.  I know, I know, ‘can’t judge a book by its cover‘, etc, etc but I will often pick up a book based on the cover and I’m rarely disappointed?

This book went from a slow simmer to a rapid boil within the first 50 pages.  There were moments where I laughed out loud and then had to check myself because I wasn’t sure if that was appropriate…the book is just that good!

The Sellout is a social satire that will definitely not be everyone’s cup of joe☕.  You know you’re in for a roller-coaster of a read with the opening scene: the narrator describes how he ended up before the Supreme Court answering to charges of re-instituting slavery and segregation in his hometown of Dickens, California.  The characters are all stereotypes of their various demographics as he weaves a tale of a powerful, overbearing father, who is ‘a controversial sociologist’, the narrator’s upbringing as the subject in racially charged psychological studies and an ailing and disappearing hometown that is literally being wiped from the Californian map.

This book is a diamond in the rough and I give it FOUR COFFEE CUPS ☕☕☕☕

 

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