The Sellout by Paul Beatty


The winner of the 2016 Man Booker, and a worthy one at that.

I haven’t laughed so much at a book since Terry Pratchett tickled me endlessly with The Discworld series. This book is extremely clever and wickedly satirical. It’s comedy packs the kind of punch that all great comics strive for, boxing gloves laced with a social and political conscience.

The chasm-like social divisions in America once again comes under the microscope but, like the novel’s narrator, Beatty inverts conventional racial discourse and approaches the question of racism in America today like nothing I’ve ever read, seen or heard. I’ll admit I’m no expert on racism in America but I haven’t heard anyone come at the subject like Beatty has except for great Black comedians like Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle.

Would recommend this to anyone. A truly brilliant book.


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.

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