Review: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

This year’s Booker Prize winner was not something I expected at all.

Its a look at race through a darkly comic lens – a guy in takes a slave and reintroduces segregation to a small town near Los Angeles.

Thus book is savage – from the off it sets about cutting through every possible social taboo. Check out this but from the start – you just known this is going to be a challenging read as soon as you get to it:


Its funny too – real laugh out loud funny. Thing is, every time you laugh, it’s because Beatty is exploring some aspect of race in an absurd way. As soon as you realise that, it switches from funny to frightening.

A brilliant book – but not for the faint hearted.


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