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The Sellout summary The Sellout, series The Sellout, book The Sellout, pdf The Sellout, The Sellout f03f6b6d80 A Biting Satire About A Young Man S Isolated Upbringing And The Race Trial That Sends Him To The Supreme Court, Paul Beatty S The Sellout Showcases A Comic Genius At The Top Of His Game It Challenges The Sacred Tenets Of The United States Constitution, Urban Life, The Civil Rights Movement, The Father Son Relationship, And The Holy Grail Of Racial Equality The Black Chinese RestaurantBorn In The Agrarian Ghetto Of Dickens On The Southern Outskirts Of Los Angeles The Narrator Of The Sellout Resigns Himself To The Fate Of Lower Middle Class Californians I D Die In The Same Bedroom I D Grown Up In, Looking Up At The Cracks In The Stucco Ceiling That Ve Been There Since Quake Raised By A Single Father, A Controversial Sociologist, He Spent His Childhood As The Subject In Racially Charged Psychological Studies He Is Led To Believe That His Father S Pioneering Work Will Result In A Memoir That Will Solve His Family S Financial Woes But When His Father Is Killed In A Police Shoot Out, He Realizes There Never Was A Memoir All That S Left Is The Bill For A Drive Thru FuneralFueled By This Deceit And The General Disrepair Of His Hometown, The Narrator Sets Out To Right Another Wrong Dickens Has Literally Been Removed From The Map To Save California From Further Embarrassment Enlisting The Help Of The Town S Most Famous Resident The Last Surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins He Initiates The Most Outrageous Action Conceivable Reinstating Slavery And Segregating The Local High School, Which Lands Him In The Supreme Court


10 thoughts on “The Sellout

  1. says:

    If Kurt Vonnegut and Dave Chappelle had a baby and really messed with its head, it would write this novel I hope Paul Beatty takes that as a compliment because it s meant that way.This is some seriously biting satire You know it right away, since it begins with the main character, a black man, before the Supreme Court because he s charged with keeping a slave Most of the novel is a flashback, showing us how the protagonist not only kept a slave but attempted to re segregate his formerly all black now mostly hispanic city Yes, it sounds crazy It sounds even crazier because the narrator isn t a racist crazy person, but a relatively enlightened guy who s decided this is how he gets his city back on the map It s a zany book, a constant study of and commentary on race It s often hilarious and not for the faint of heart or tired of mind I had a great time reading it, but I admit now I m hesitant to know how to talk about it So much in this book is untouchable and off limits and taboo It s also brilliant and constantly unexpected.


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    Paul Beatty s novel is a savage satire about a post racial America, and it points out how absurd that notion really is.The black narrator, Bonbon, grew up in a disappeared L.A suburb once an agrarian ghetto, called Dickens where he was subjected to his father s sociological experiments about race.After his father is accidentally killed by the LAPD see This is some serious shit , he wants to reintroduce slavery and, gradually, segregation, first in buses and then in a school ditto.He elicits help from his friend, Hominy, the last surviving member of TV s Little Rascals he was Buckwheat s understudy All his efforts eventually land him in jail, where his case goes to the Supreme Court I read this book months ago, but didn t review it then I m not sure why I didn t get all the references, and while I found Beatty s prose and ideas sharp, lively and Omigod did he just write that funny, I also found the experience exhausting.Humour and this book is hilarious at times is a brilliant way of dealing with serious subjects But you ve got to mix up your act I guess I wanted the book to be grounded, so the angry humour could stand out in relief There s the opportunity to do that in the possible romantic relationship between the narrator and a bus driver, but Beatty doesn t do much with this.Still, Beatty takes on every African American stereotype and politically correct notion and successfully skewers it Goodreaders especially will appreciate his extended riff on the liberal white washing of literature.Thus, Mark Twain s classic gets renamed The Pejorative Free Adventures and Intellectual and Spiritual Journeys of African American Jim and His Young Prot g , White Brother Huckleberry Finn, as They Go in Search of the Lost Black Family Unit.Some stand alone sections are brilliant, savage little poetic salvos whose targets are worthy of sending up Beatty started out as a poet But as much as I enjoyed the book, and appreciated the ideas Beatty raised, I think I like my anger and injustice served up a bit directly.


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    As an urban commuter I felt that pulling a book out with lawn jockeys on the cover should come with a disclaimer Hey everybody, it s meant to be you know ironic It s written by a black guy it s satire And just so you know, my iPhone doesn t have one word of Breitbart News on it.Satires, to me, are like hoppy craft beers The natural skew to the bitter side should be balanced out for optimal flavor Paul Beatty s deft touch with a joke made the astringency you d expect from charges of racism something other than a straight diatribe Smiles open minds than they close.The premise of the book is actually sort of absurd Bonbon, the narrator, farms the land in the agrarian ghetto neighborhood of LA called Dickens His father was a sociologist who performed half crazy, race centric experiments on him when he was young that never amounted to meaningful research, but did mess with his mind a bit When his father died shot in a police snafu , the son inherited the farm, a funeral bill, and a legacy of racial awareness Then, since it was an embarrassment to the city of LA, Dickens just disappeared from the map At that point our narrator mounts an informal campaign to bring Dickens back He makes signs announcing that a driver is entering, draws lines surrounding the area, then hits on the idea of segregating it to really stand out He had an accomplice named Hominy Jenkins, a celebrity of sorts, known for being the last surviving cast member from The Little Rascals Hominy, like the famous Buckwheat, was a pickaninny who could black it up with bug eyes and electrified hair on cue Somehow Hominy had it in his increasingly senile head that race had meaning to him then and that a way to recapture this feeling was to offer himself up as a slave doing light labor he was old on the farm The book opens out of order, with this voluntary slavery case being heard by the Supreme Court Like I said, it s kind of ridiculous, but it does allow a very full discussion of race the stereotypes, the archetypes, and a panoply of attitudes from subtle to extreme.What the book lacked in plausibility it made up for in presentation It s like a serious essay on black consciousness as presented by Dave Chappelle at his edgy, observational best Let my try to convince you by way of example As Bonbon s court case was making its way up the judicial ladder, he said In neighborhoods like the one I grew up in, places that are poor in praxis but rich in rhetoric, the homies have a saying I d rather be judged by twelve than carried by six I m not all that streetwise, but to my knowledge there s no appellate court corollary I ve never heard a corner store roughneck take a sip of malt liquor and say, I d rather be reviewed by nine than arbitrated by one He wondered why a certain successful type would mostly talk black, dropping g s in their gerunds, but when it came to their public television appearances, they d sound like Kelsey Grammer with a stick up his ass Opining about another black intellectual Come on, he cares about black people like a seven footer cares about basketball He has to care because what else would he be good at Foy Cheshire was a prominent archetype who hosted a dying cable show focusing on black issues, had become successful stealing ideas from the narrator s father, and had no original thoughts of his own Foy was the one who had dubbed Bonbon the sellout for not buying into a very particular brand of racial animosity Someone speculated that If he Foy was indeed an autodidact, there s no doubt he had the world s shittiest teacher In one of the few non race related comments, Bonbon said I ve always liked rote The formulaic repetitiveness of filing and stuffing envelopes appeals to me in some fundamental life affirming way I would ve made a good factory worker, supply room clerk, or Hollywood scriptwriter Hominy was actually pretty lucid for someone who sought beatings and servitude One example You know, massa, Bugs Bunny wasn t nothing but Br er Rabbit with a better agent Here s a great rejoinder to all who suggest, You d rather be here than in Africa The trump card all narrow minded nativists play I seriously doubt that some slave ship ancestor, in those idle moments between being raped and beaten, was standing knee deep in their own feces rationalizing that, in the end, the generations of murder, unbearable pain and suffering, mental anguish, and rampant disease will all be worth it because someday my great great great great grandson will have Wi Fi I also liked the name that Bonbon imagined for the white only school in his planned segregation Wheaton Academy In contrast, nonwhites had Chaff Middle School The Wheaton Chaff distinction was a big one.I laughed every time I picked this book up And I m certainly sympathetic to the essential plight, despite the anaesthetizing humor In addition, though I didn t catch every reference, my street smart IQ is now at least a little closer to triple digits Plus, its recognition in winning the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction as well as the Booker Prize speaks to the quality of the writing Beatty s background in poetry comes through with great word choices and cadences Even so, I had to dock one star While it s easy enough to see the satirical poke at wrong headedness, it was harder to figure the purpose of Bonbon s ironic prescription I wouldn t presume that the segregation was meant to provide motivation for Blacks and Latinos, though the Chaff School s rising performance numbers were cited as though they were a consequence of having been separated The fact is, though, there weren t any white kids there to begin with Was it like the arguments you sometimes hear about the advantages of an education at a traditionally black university I couldn t say Nor do I think the counterintuitive premise was meant just for a laugh My best guess is that the extreme actions slavery and segregation orchestrated by a black man were meant to draw attention to the still existing, subtle forms of racism There was a line in the book about how it s illegal to shout fire in a crowded theater Bonbon went on to say that he whispered Racism in a post racial world Beatty himself, in interviews, is tight lipped when asked what he thinks it all means Maybe the discussions the book inspires are what matter most.


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    The Sellout is a fun novel full of humour and many moments of bitter irony The tone is angry, full of frustration and seething with sarcasm, but it is also repetitive to a fault After around thirty pages I felt like I d read everything this novel had to offer It was abundantly clear that the remainder would be pretty much the same thing, an author satirising the realities of Black American life through using several clever and creative narrative devices After a while it began to grow so very tiresome to the point of utter annoyingness It lacked direction and a sense of purpose beyond what was established very early on At times it even felt like a series of loosely connected rants and personal grievances in the form of chapters It was a very taxing read The writing did begin with undeniable power and authority it was compelling and convincing though as the narrative progressed it did not pick up any momentum but lingered on similar ideas and stayed very stationary I found myself yawning at the forced comic moments as this narrator circulated around the same themes yet again By the end of the book it was a relief to finish it was a relief not to hear the voice of the narrator ever again For me, the style in which it was told offset much of what the book did successfully do The Sellout won The Man Booker Prize in 2016 and despite my despondency with the book I can see why It is a very timely piece, addressing many of the problem blacks face in a country that has supposedly moved on from its original sin of slavery Segregation has ended, racism is officially at an all time low, but the issues remain Society does not change overnight, or, as it may seem, over many decades More time is needed Scratch but the surface, as Paul Beaty has done here, and you will see how not so far in the past some of these ideas are It is still very much recent history This is undoubtedly highly intelligent writing, but the style, receptiveness and general lacklustre the narrator portrayed was not to my liking The first hundred pages or so ought to have been followed by a story of growth of some sort or, at the very least, an explanation or perhaps a suggestion why there wasn t one from a narrator who at times appeared to be moving in a new direction but never seemed to fully commit beyond the first few steps he took Perhaps I lacked the patience for this one Perhaps my Englishness meant that some of the subtle nuances within the writing were wasted on me from a cultural standpoint Whatever the reason, I can see why this book won but I don t necessarily like it personally This is pretty much sums up my response to the winner of the 2015 Man Booker as well The Sellout, like A Brief History of Seven Killings, is a creative piece rich in originality, but not one I can engage with.


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    Satire is a difficult genre to assess and review, particularly when it is so tightly bound to a culture one does not share On the positive side, this book is often very funny, and is full of ideas and snipes at deserving targets Over the length of a novel, though, the tone is somewhat relentless, and the story does not seem to have enough weight to sustain the interest it seems like a series of set pieces Not a book to read if you are easily offended either, but the issues Beatty addresses about the state of race relations in America 50 years after Martin Luther King cannot be faced without such boldness So an interesting book to have read, but maybe not quite the stuff of Booker winners, and I hope there are better ones on the longlist.


  6. says:

    DNFThis entire novel, especially the prologue, reminded me of the ramblings of someone s old grandpa rocking on the front porch of his clapboard home I can only assume this is exactly what Beatty was going for, by the direction the novel ended up taking, but I felt like I was reading no, sifting through a bunch of nonsense I just wanted to be done with And a lot of this read like an ultra liberal excuse to spout out the n word hard er, mind you as both a starting point, comma and full stop to every paragraph It was absolutely exhausting.I was looking forward to a good satire, but I don t think I ever laughed once, because I was too distracted by trying to figure out what the hell he was even rambling about and how it fit into any possible plot line, ironic device, literary direction hell, even a Katt Williams like satirical skit anything I wanted to like this one the first time non Commonwealthers are allowed to be considered for the Man Booker Prize and an American I d be lying if I didn t go ahead and point out and African American wins it I HAVE to read it I m so excited I m so confused I m so let down I don t want to take away from the win at all Have it keep it, Paul Beatty But I m not on the bandwagon Not even a little bit DNF.FOLLOW ME HERE Goodreads Twitter Instagram Get a Copy of My Book Book Editing, Author Coaching, Submit Your Book to Me


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    when I did what I did, I wasn t thinking about inalienable rights, the proud history of our people I did what worked, and since when did a little slavery and segregation ever hurt anybody, and if so, so fucking be it My copy of this novel is spiked with tabs marking something deeply insightful, stabbingly funny, or needing revisiting There is simply too much to point to Beatty must have been saving up observations about race relations in America to get so much into this relatively short novel He never tells us why his fictional California town is named Dickens it can t be about the author but I think it has to do with a classic American imprecation Go to the Dickens though I am certainly willing to be challenged on this supposition Dickens is also used as an exclamatory What the dickens standing in for What the F k in marginally polite white dialogue, and perhaps even in the L il Rascals film archives, though I am going to have to check on that They won t admit it, but every black person thinks they re better than every other black person Beatty s narrator, Bonbon Me, is the sellout He just doesn t seem to get the black thing He identifies as human first, black second Beatty doesn t target black folk alone Everyone is skewered in this wild ride through a Los Angeles southwest suburb that still has farm zoning, allowing families to live among livestock, chickens, cotton, watermelon, and weed A proud descendant of the Kentucky family called Mee and one whose forefather subsequently dropped the extraneous e, our narrator Bonbon Me has a case before the Supreme Court, a screw faced black Justice, about his ownership of a slave in the present day That alleged slave, Hominy Jenkins, literally declaimed his status one day to our narrator as a result of Me still having agricultural interests and therefore probably needing a slave Hominy moved in What could Me do Well, shortly after rapacious real estate developers convinced officials to remove signs demarking the township of Dickens, Me made and put up new signs and drew a white line around the streets and houses comprising Dickens and re segregated No Whites Allowed One may be curious why he would do this, since the town was already black, but he felt he was saving something, making a point They can t just muscle in and erase a town a culture a people That s not fairness People actually do care if you are white, brown, black or yellow Sellout Bonbon had mused for some that if the black community in Dickens just took their racial blinders off for one second, they d realize Dickens was no longer black but predominantly Latino So he was just making Dickens equal by excluding whites It s not discrimination exactly It s equality The Supreme Court is where the country takes out its dick and tits and decides who s going to get fucked and who s getting a taste of mother s milk It s constitutional pornography in there and what about obscenity I know it when I see it Me vs the United States of America demands a fundamental examination of what we mean by separate, by equal, by black Beatty demurs when critics point out his work as a satire It isn t, he says It s reportage The material in this book is, in fact, observable in everyday America Black people don t even talk about race Nothing s attributable to color any It s all mitigating circumstances The only people discussing race with any insight and courage are loud middle aged white men well read open minded white kids a few freelance journalists in Detroit Author interviews with Beatty are some of the most uncomfortable I have ever heard or read Beatty stutters and avoids, sometimes flat out refuses to entertain a question Examples Boston NPR Onpoint, and Ebony He clearly doesn t like talking about what his book means He wants his book to start the conversation We re supposed to be telling him what it means to us as individuals rather than as a class He says often in interviews, I am uncomfortable talking about this He does not appear to be uncomfortable writing about what he sees and what he thinks about what he sees, so folks interested in making him a spokesperson for black people will have to turn to his writing But there aren t answers there, either, really It is just raw material for the discussion we are all meant to have In a reading Beatty gave at Politics Prose, the Washington, D.C bookstore, Beatty told the audience that he teaches a writing course at Columbia University and one of his students said to him, I feel sorry for you guys as though the race issue were finished, and is nothing now compared with yesterday Beatty was shocked It reminded me of young, upwardly mobile women saying they don t experience sexism today Me, I incline towards Ta Nehisi Coates June 2014 Atlantic article, The Case for Reparations Not that money will fix anything It is the discussion about reparations that might fix something Nigerian novelist Chris Abani, in a riveting conversation with American novelist Walter Mosley, says America has had a unique relationship with blackness that, say, Europe really hasn t had As much as people like to pretend, slavery isn t really over.


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    I don t recall reading a book which I loved so much in the beginning and was soooo fed up with in the end It s too much of too much There are about zero normal sentences and that was very tiring It reminded me of Steve Toltz Quicksand I couldn t keep up with avalanches and avalanches of wit satire It s a damn shame, cuz I laughed out loud the first chapters.I also think the book is better for native speakers lots of linguistic humor and if you live in the States lots of inside jokes, historical commercial pop cultural references I would give it a try and maybe read it slow and in several sittings.


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    Subtitle A mini dictionary of the oddities and eccentricities of Black America mixed in with a bevy of pop culture obscurities interspersed with some brilliant flashes of satire by Paul Beatty.For the sake modesty, let me say that I m in two minds whether the special outweighs the ordinary and vice versa But there s no doubt that the book is designed as a commercial product for timely consumption given the rise in racial tensions in the US in the last few years But this alone has never been a good reason for me to give passing marks to a book, because fictionalisation of contemporary events, dramatisation of social political issues and suchlike require something than what is apparent on the surface.Like others, I love the idea of employing humour to deal with serious subjects Recently I read Tram 83, a breath of fresh air which uses satire to produce a stable and effective metaphor of the struggles of the post colonial Africa, without weighing us down with the uselessness of recording real historical political events to make it credible The contrast with The Sellout couldn t be obvious.It is not essential that an event be sketched out in exact detail for literature to be believable Sometimes the exact sketch of reality is not as powerful as one portrayed with the help of imagination Real facts and references help up to a point, but beyond that they become obstacles to the evolution of a work The Sellout, gets mired in its own mass when it offers unfettered social commentary about everything that concerns Black America, Imperial America, Provincial America.I am about halfway through and pausing it for the time being.August 16


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    Imagine Nina Simone singing Mississippi Goddam reincarnated as an atomic bomb thatexplodes 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 pagethe 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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