Paul Beatty, on the basis of two slim collections of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce, has been called "the premier bard of hip hop," "a West Coast word wizard," and"the poet laureate of Generation X." He has performed his poetry on college campuses throughout the United States and Europe; he's been lauded by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and at thirty-three years old, he has been deemed heir to Allen Ginsberg's oral tradition. His cultural landscape summons up music, sound bites, cartoons, films, and video games. He uses the terms of pop culture to reveal its nonsense, and in his astonishing first novel he brings his extraordinary talent for image, cadence, and rhythm to fiction. Beatty's partly autobiographical novel is a moving, deft satire on issues of race as well as a coming-of-age of a contemporary African American, Gunnar Kaufman, who is in no way typical. Unequivocally and without apology, Gunnar states that he is not the seventh son of a seventh son of a se
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Poet Paul Beatty’s (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.About the Author:
Winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize
Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction
Named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and the Wall Street Journal
Paul Beatty is the author of three novels―Slumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle―and two books of poetry: Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. He lives in New York City.
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Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110395742803
Book Description Houghton Mifflin. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0395742803 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0140587
Book Description Houghton Mifflin, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. A like new unread copy in like unclipped dust jacket. first edition, first printing of Beatty's first novel. Jacket is bright clean and unclipped. An exceptional collectors copy. Bookseller Inventory # 000099