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The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty

The White Boy Shuffle (1996)

by Paul Beatty

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Heady satirical narrative that upends racial stereotypes. ( )
  mpho3 | Apr 12, 2012 |
Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle is a contemporary urban slave narrative in which he presents the African-American struggle for freedom from the social and psychological bonds of white suppression. Beatty uses suicide as teh final escape representng b oth flight and authority. Infusing Eastern philosophy, he addresses suicide directly and challenges Western thought regarding it.

The text contains strong language that may not be appropriate for the YA crowd though they may find the subject matter interesting and challenging. A high-school literature class could certainly have a healthy discussion regarding the text. ( )
  LCBrooks | Apr 18, 2010 |
One of my favorite, and underrated, novels by a POC
  booksofcolor | Aug 1, 2009 |
One of my favorite, and underrated, novels by a POC.
  booksofcolor | Jul 10, 2009 |
Beatty wants to make himself heard in the debate about racism/the power of the white man in the society of USA. He succeeds with it. At parts it is a thought provoking novel he has written. The author want the humour to do the trick. The book is a comedy. With serious undertones (of course). But I think it too often becomes constrained. For the most part I get reasonable entertained, but it is very rare that I even smile. So I suppose it is – on some level, anyhow – a failure.

Further criticism is that I don’t think the story holds together. Big leaps, illogical chains of events are common. It almost makes one think of “An hitch-hikers guide…”, and I wonder if that is flattering for a relatively (at least meant to be) realistic plot.
Beatty vill göra sin röst hörd i debatten om rasism/ de vitas övertag i samhället i USA. Han lyckas med det. Det är i vissa stycken en tankeväckande roman han har skrivit.
Författaren vill att det ska vara humorn som gör jobbet. Hela boken är en komedi. Med allvarliga undertoner (naturligtvis). Men jag tycker det alltför ofta blir krystat. För det mesta blir jag skapligt underhållen, men det är mycket sällan jag ens drar på smilbanden. Så det blir väl - på något plan åtminstone - ett misslyckande.

Ytterligare negativt tycker jag är att historien hänger dåligt ihop. Stora hopp, ologiska händelseförlopp är regel. Det för nästan tankarna till "En liftares guide...", och frågan är om det är smickrande för en (åtminstone menat) relativt realistisk berättelse.

Jag tror att "Svart harakiri" skulle ha vunnit på att läsas på orginalspråk, det hade varit kul att försöka hänga med i LA-tugget som skymtar i de översatta dialogerna. Det hade kanske givit en krydda som inte finns i den svenska versionen. ( )
  helices | Feb 4, 2008 |
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Poet Paul Beatty’s (Big Bank Take Little Bank) first novel is a colorful situation comedy about an unusual African-American's search for his identity. Set within a dramatically caricatured ethnic and cultural landscape, Gunnar Kaufman is a street poet and basketball prodigy raised in predominantly white Santa Monica, whose father is a member of the LAPD. The Kaufmans come from a hilarious family line of groveling Uncle Toms, and as Gunnar faces varying degrees of racism, he struggles between falling into step with the family tradition or forging his own way.

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An awkward black surfer bum is moved from Santa Monica to West Los Angeles, where he begins to undergo a transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, eventually becoming the reluctant hero of the neighborhood.

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