- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oneworld Publications; 01 edition (26 May 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786071460
- ISBN-13: 978-1786071460
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 356 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Sellout: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016 Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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‘A no-holds-barred satire about the history and legacy of racism in America’.(Guardian, Best Books of the Year)
‘A book of coruscating satire and the darkest humour whose bilious narrative voice leaves you at once enthralled and exhausted’.(Observer, Best Books of 2016)
‘One of the few books of recent years that has made me choke with laughter’.(Daily Mail, Best Books of 2016)
‘A provocative, razor-sharp satire’.(Mail on Sunday, Best Books of 2016)
‘Wow, the Man-Bookers got it right! Nothing is harder to write or easier to read than a full-on comic-philosophic novel that makes you laugh and think, sometimes at the same time. Nathanael West and Joseph Heller are hooting from heaven for this one. If you haven’t already read Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, your life is more meagre for the omission’.(Simon Schama Financial Times, Best Books of 2016)
‘A deeply ironic, comically inventive and sometimes very sad novel’.(Lorien Kite Financial Times, Best Books of 2016)
‘[An] outrageous scattergun satire’.(Telegraph, Books of the Year)
‘A hilarious, anger-fuelled cadenza that feels as if it were written in one manic burst’.(Mark Haddon Observer, Best Books of 2016)
‘Bitterly funny and finely layered…[The Sellout] seems even more essential after the racially demarcated “whitelash” of Donald Trump’s victory.’(Tom Gatti, New Statesman, Books of the Year 2016)
‘I was banned from reading in bed because I was laughing so much.’(Olivia Williams, Man Booker Judge 2016)
From the Inside Flap
Winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize.
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.
Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that's left is a bill for a drive-through funeral.
What's more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.
In his trademark absurdist style, which has the uncanny ability to make readers want to both laugh and cry, The Sellout is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time.
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Right from the first page, this book is shocking, controversial, and brutally honest. Some parts I needed to re-read (either because they were so much fun, or because I couldn't quite believe what I'd read). Other parts made me squirm uncomfortably. My enthusiasm for the book waned a little towards the end - maybe because it's almost impossible to carry on the pace and shock-value all the way through the story.
I'd recommend it, but don't say I didn't warn you about the content. (And don't give it to your Gran for Christmas.)
I didn't dislike this book but it certainly didn't make me laugh in the way that so many have described and whilst I am glad that I read it, I would not return to it as I do to books I have loved or that have really moved me.
It reminded me of DBC Pierre's style. Not sure if I'd read anything by Paul Beatty ever again. Bit of a waste of time.
Intoxicating, high speed satire that leaves you thrilled and befuddled. Beautiful prose and fantastical ideas throw a vicious reality into ugly relief.
I was disappointed. It is without doubt very well written, yet I failed to get hooked. If I had not read the review before I read the book, I might have struggled to grasp the satire. At times I felt the 'grotesqueness ' was out of place and was introduced to ram home a point whereas it effectively left thinking the situation was unlikely. Perhaps that is because I have not had to experience this environment.
Even with satire you to believe in the situation, frankly I couldn't and where I didn't make me laugh nor did it re-emphasise the point.
Perhaps, it didn't make the grade, because as another reviewer pointed out, you are reading it from the wrong side of the Atlantic.
Finally there were times when the flashing back to his father only seemed to jar.
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