Top positive review
Satirical, in every sense of the word
23 February 2017
Paul Beatty's 'Sellout' is one thought provoking book about race, the stereotypes attached to it and moreover, finding one's identity.. It is fearless and funny, underlying which there is anger, rage and even despair...Apart from the excessive use of cuss words, the masterful narration had me hooked. Also, it calls for a slow read, as there is astonishing depth in some parts, beautifully created imagery in some other ; which one might miss, if read hastily.. Personally, as someone who is not familiar with African-American culture, the extend of hidden racism; it was truly an eye opener but some of the references were so deep rooted in culture, that I found it hard to comprehend it fully.
I read somewhere that this innovative book was turned down by no less than 18 publishers, before it was accepted by the UK publishing house,OneWorld. I suppose, that makes this Booker all the more special for Paul Beatty..Truly, a well-deserved win..