The White Boy Shuffle

The White Boy Shuffle Review

White Boy Shuffle is Man Booker-winner Paul Beatty’s electrifying debut novel about teenage-surf-bum Gunnar Kaufman who is forced to wise up when his mother moves from suburban Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighbourhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a ‘divided, downtrodden people’.

A bombastic coming-of-age novel that has the uncanny ability to make readers want to laugh and cry at the same time,Beatty mingles horrific reality with wild fancy in this outlandish, laugh-out-loud funny and poignant vision of contemporary America.

Title:The White Boy Shuffle
Edition Language:English

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  • Nomy

    this book is crazy. i just put it down so his voice is still strong in my head, i can hear exactly what he would say about my review, in fact he basically already said it in his book... whiteys prayin...

  • Benji

    Honestly can't recommend this enough. For my shame, after Paul Beatty's The Sellout won the Man Booker in 2016, I let it pass me by. For some misguided reason, I didn't believe it was my kind of book,...

  • Peter

    Paul Beatty is a genius. People say that so often and so easily that I tend to ignore it when it’s said. And in truth, I’ve no idea if Paul Beatty’s IQ approaches Einstein’s, but his mix of pr...

  • Osvaldo

    I wanted to love this book. Thinking back on the elements of it that worked and the playful language that resonated with its themes and content, I still want to love this book. But, ugh. . . I just do...

  • Salathiel

    Like the good Reverend KingI too "have a dream,"but when I wake upI forget it andremember I'm running late for work....

  • Dooug

    Poignant. Roller-coaster of lyrical language, words that kept me going to the dictionary and references from Greek mythology to modern civil rights history amid the hyperbolic tale of the protagonist'...

  • Rachel

    I started out hating this book, but by the time I was done I loved it. It's why I think of Christopher Walken when I see the moon....

  • Marianne

    3.5★s“The school’s library rivalled most college libraries and I turned it into my personal athenaeum… In the library I could avoid white boys asking me if I thought blacks were closer to gori...

  • KenyanBibliophile

    I’m always apprehensive about going back to a favorite author. What if I’m not impressed. What if the magic is lost? Will the author maintain his status or will he come tumbling down the high pede...

  • Russell

    This is my favorite book that no one else has read; I recommend it to people constantly.It's lovingly, compellingly detailed despite being slightly larger-than-life. (The protagonist's best friend nev...