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The Sellout Audiobook

The Sellout

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Born in Dickens, Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's memoir will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir.

Fuelled by despair, he sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

©2015 Paul Beatty (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Outrageous, hilarious and profound.... It takes a whole other level of sheer audacity to expose atrocious things through the play of wit.... Juiciness stains every lovely page of Beatty's mad, marvellous, toothsome book." (Financial Times)

"There's satire and then there's satire, and without question Paul Beatty's caustic third novel, The Sellout, definitely falls into the latter category...brutally honest and very funny." (Independent)

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    bookylady 25/10/2016
    bookylady 25/10/2016 Member Since 2014

    Bookworm, librarian, chocaholic. Give me a good book, a bar of chocolate and a glass of fine wine and I'm a happy lady.

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    "A clever, enjoyable satire on racism in todays USA"
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    To be honest, I would never have read this novel if it had not been shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. But don't, whatever you do, be put off by the curse of the 'prize-nominated 'literary fiction' moniker. This is an absolute gem, to be savoured and read slowly, for the pleasure of clever, witty, thought-provoking prose and a plethora ( a word highlighted in the novel) of bittersweet and some downright nasty characters. The narration is excellent and the plot is well developed taking the notion of post-modern slavery/racism and running with it, in all sorts of directions. I'm so glad I listened and I will listen to it again.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mr A J F Cameron 01/12/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story"

    Loved this book, great story, great delivery, an award winner, can't wait for the film

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    G 23/11/2016
    G 23/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"

    Such emotive language it's a difficult listen at times, however well worth confronting your own demons. Cleverly written and wonderfully read - thank you!

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    RobOX 10/11/2016
    RobOX 10/11/2016
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    "Worthy Booker prize winner!"

    A thought-provoking and entertaining novel, read well by the narrator. Kept me engaged and interested throughout.

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    Amazon Customer 04/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A brilliant reader of a savage satire"

    Worthy of the Booker? I'm not convinced. One of the last books I listened to was 'A Little Life'. This could not have been more different. Funny and filthy and provocative - it would have made a great short story or stand up routine but as a novel I am not so sure. Let's just say, a little 'Sellout' goes a long way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mbcb 03/11/2016
    mbcb 03/11/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "it's all right but unsure of prize credentials."

    okay novel although certainly could be seen as quite an important piece dealing with race relations in contemporary US society. Could well become an important piece of work in the future.

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    26/11/16
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    "Slim pickin's Man Booker year if this won"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Boy, it must have been a rubbish year if this won the Man Booker prize. I found it a precocious, overly wordy, mish mash of thrown together ideas that goes nowhere. The kind of thing that your neighbours young daughter would bring home and you'd have to force yourself to say, "that's amazing honey", through gritted teeth. Or a first year uni students essay chock full of every idea and clever retort they'd learnt or heard. Trying too hard to impress. I got - what I thought was a third of the way through - when it suddenly ended! I thought I must have stopped the recording by mistake, but no, it just stops. Maybe Paul has been on too much of the weed he obviously thinks is so cool. Poor structure, no attempt at resolution of anything. Just a book full of oh so smart remarks.


    Did Prentice Onayemi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Admittedly a difficult book to read out loud. I did find all the mofo-ing and 'attitude' got in the way of the telling. As well as the ridiculously overly wordy nature of the book. Maybe it would work better read, rather than read out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea, not in the US (let alone L.A.). Some people obviously like it - but not me. I found the way it was written grating.

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