The Resource The Sellout

The Sellout

Label
The Sellout
Title
The Sellout
Statement of responsibility
Paul Beatty
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
**SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016**'Outrageous, hilarious and profound.' Simon Schama, Financial Times'The longer you stare at Beatty's pages, the smarter you'll get.' Guardian'The most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I've read.' New York TimesA biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of 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 work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that's left is a bill for a drive-through funeral.What's more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator 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
Summary
In this satirical take on race, politics, and culture in the U.S., a young black man grows up determined to resegregate a portion of an inner city, aided by a former Little Rascals star who volunteers to be his slave. This illegal activity brings him to the attention of the Supreme Court, who must consider the ramifications of this (and other) race-related cases. Readers who can handle provocative language and racial stereotypes will appreciate the glee that African-American humorist Paul Beatty brings to his critique and questioning of black identity; others will find it incendiary. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2016.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Man Booker Prize, 2016
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Beatty, Paul
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
Label
The Sellout
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d3e8998c-9529-4054-890f-9bc120567f8e
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781786070166
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Sellout
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:d3e8998c-9529-4054-890f-9bc120567f8e
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781786070166
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
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