Jessica Woodbury reviewed the book I’m reading with —
“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.”
I’m reading The Sellout by Paul Beatty.
Marian recommend it for my reading challenge as a book that was published last year.
It’s a biting satire that challenges me.
I do think if it were written by anyone else, it would be banned as one of the most racist books around. Yet, I think that’s the point.
Unlike the last three books I started and did not finish – The Sellout has my full attention.
Paul Beatty can write! Some of his prose is absolutely wonderful. I stop at times and think â€” wow, I wish I could write a line like that..
Two of my favourites are:
“We all know the best apples, taste like peaches.”
“He’s not from the tree of knowledge; more like the bush of opinion.”
“If I ever were to be offended, I wouldn’t know what to do. If I’m sad, I cry. If I’m happy, I laugh. If I’m offended, what do I do, state in a clear and sober voice that I’m offended, then walk away in a huff so that I can write a letter to the mayor?”
The Sellout clearly means to offend. For me, any offense I might take, tells me that I’m not as comfortable with race as I wish to be.