Book Review – The Sellout by Paul Beatty


The Sellout by Paul Beatty

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Yep… two stars. I think that’s being generous. I thought about the prospect of giving it just one star but I know the author must have really put some effort into at least finishing the book so that deserves something.

I couldn’t help but feel as if the author was talking down to me the entire time. I understand satire and comedy but I do not like to be put down. It’s obvious the color of my skin and perhaps I am not able to understand what it’s like to be a different color, heck I can’t even understand what it’s like be a different sex. I didn’t think this book was funny, as a matter of fact I felt it was racist and in a dangerous way. It felt argumentative and it felt like it was generalizing the way everyone felt about each other. How blacks feel about whites and how whites feel about blacks.

Lastly, I will be the first one to admit that I do not have a large vocabulary. First English is not my first language and second …. well I just don’t have a large vocabulary so I couldn’t help but feel stupid while when I so often I had to stop reading to look up some of the words used. I get it…. the author is highly educated but does it have to be so much in my face? If the reader cannot understand what the author is trying to say, then in my mind it’s a bad book.

All I have to say. I’ll just add that I’m not really sure how this book won the Man Booker Prize but perhaps race had a part to play.

Thanks for reading this rant….. I hate that it sounds that way.

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