‘The Sellout,’ by Paul Beatty

Novel, 2015

Terrific, fast-paced novel, in which black identities, cultures and essences are examined and explored with and through old minstrel actors, vanishing city names in Los Angeles ghettos and various intellectuals and bus drivers, fighting questions of who they are and how they should behave. A real gritty and trippy ride, with some great angles and attitudes along the way; the questions of other racialised groups and the feeling of being let down by liberal power groups are present, as are the feelings of hope and a degree of resignation that, while things may seem to be progressing on the one hand, on the other, there’s little to cheer and get too happy about. A rare breed of all action chaos and some deeply thoughtful content.

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