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The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty

The White Boy Shuffle (1996)

by Paul Beatty

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Fabulous exciting writing. Reminds me of Ellison with his jazz influenced use of language. ( )
  Tonstant.Weader | Nov 22, 2015 |
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 |
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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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