Poet Paul Beattys (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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stylistically, this first novel is a tribute to one of Beatty's teachers, Allen Ginsberg. An author of two volumes of verse who has often been proclaimed the poet laureate of Generation X, Beatty effectively uses the Beat influence to amplify the voice of the hip-hop generation. Gunnar Kaufman, the protagonist of this coming-of-age story, earned his streetwise education in West Los Angeles, not unlike the author. Gunnar is just trying to be Gunnar?an intelligent, sensitive young African American who survives great tribulations while sparing no one his enormous wit. He is clearly a product of our times, and many readers will enjoy his piercing, often hilarious observations on contemporary society. It will be interesting to see what else this talented writer produces in the ensuing years. Meanwhile, this work will ring especially true to those under 35.
-?Susan M. Olcott, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., Ohio
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There's almost nothing to criticize about this book. The characters are well developed, the story is engaging, and the writing is terrific. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Adam Ray
I had never read Paul Beatty before and this was eye-opening. White boy shuffle is a wonderful story even more wonderfully narrated in poetic rhetoric comedic madness, poli-... Read morePublished 22 days ago by S. Alvarez
I enjoyed this book and the writing was very entertaining. So many avenues discussed in regards to life experiences and they were all so real life presented. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janet
Interesting story with an interesting twisted end, and I mean that in more ways than one. At some points, it made me laugh out loud, but at most places, it was annoying.Published 3 months ago by T J Ganski
one very detailed book which takes a look at race and breaks down what a mother is trying to give her son a sense of idenity to where they are and just fitting in and making it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
The condition, and overall provider of the bokk was excellent. Hiwever, the book itself was not my favorite. Still happy I got it for a deal.Published on July 25, 2013 by Deshna D