This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut. In a deftly plotted mystery and quest tale that’s also a teasing intellectual adventure, Whitehead traces the continuing education of Lila Mae. The Intuitionist: A Novel [Colson Whitehead] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The .
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Oct 20, Alex marked it as to-read. You can see the seeds whiteheqd The Underground Railroad here, I think. It hasn’t coalesced for me yet.
Dec 12, J. The Intuitionists were founded by James Fulton, a brilliant but eccentric theorist, now deceased. Books by Colson Whitehead. On the surface, it’s a pulpy noir fiction, set in a roughly parallel world to ours, ugly racism warts and all, in an unnamed New York, during perhaps the s.
View all 5 comments. May 29, Sara rated it it was amazing. This world of elevators and elevator inspectors has been lifted pun intended up to a level of prominence rivaling special police forces in large cities.
So here it is: Suffice it to say there are several layers to this elevator-as-metaphor aspect, and they have a unique dialogue with one another. Lila Mae has worked hard to get where she is: Weaving through it is Lila’s acknowledgement of the experience of being an African-American woman, her history, and her gradual awakening in the city.
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Return to Book Page. I’ll just let my thoughts continue to bubble around in my head and encourage you to read this book yourself so that you can have bubbles too.
You might even think it sounds dull. It’s about a woman who works as an elevator inspector, a member of the prominent and politically powerful Department of Elevator Inspectors. Blacks, women, immigrants, the poor, all appear in the book as they would appear down the street from wherever you’re reading this post.
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Verticality, architectural and social, is the lofty idea at the heart of Colson Whitehead’s first novel that takes place in an unnamed high-rise city that combines 21st-century engineering feats with 19th-century pork-barrel politics. In another sense, it feels very constructed, very designed, meant to educate and explore, and not quite so much to feel.
When untuitionist doesn’t, which for me was most of the time, it is pages about elevators. It’s about race, yes, sure, or so we’re told. More book recommendations by me at www. The elevator is at the morgue, and Watson was the last to inspect it. The book approaches America’s racial struggle through the struggles of one Lila Mae Watson, an African American elevator inspector in a timeless, nameless city that looks and feels like s New York put through a scanner darkly.
Not that this novel has the weight or import of that classic, but I experienced a confusion with each that seemed somehow tied to So, remember that on GoodReads three stars means “I liked it.
United States of America. Lila Mae is kept at several removes from the real players and so the reader is yet another layer removed. Jun 16, carol. It’s set in the past somewhere from the 20s to the whifehead I mean, that infuitionist obvious. The fundamental premise has an absurdity to it that I normally respond to, and there are sections of prose that truly elevated ha the thing to 4-star levels. Lila Mae is rather dispassionate and all of the other characters are more or less shells, which don’t provide for much compassion from a reader’s point of view.
There are corporate rivalries and espionage. I lost count of the number of times someone said “you don’t talk much, do you?
Elevators are the technological expression of the vertical ideal, and Lila Mae Watson, the city’s first black female elevator inspector, is Verticality, architectural and social, is the lofty idea at the heart of Colson Whitehead’s whitehed novel that takes place in an unnamed high-rise city that combines 21st-century engineering feats with 19th-century pork-barrel politics.
The surface plot is interesting–there are, after all, secret societies, company cars, a muck-raking newspaperman, gangsters and potential lovers. Lila Mae Watson is the first colored woman author’s terminology to achieve her badge as an elevator inspector–and she is in Intuitionist, with the best record of anyone in the department. Jul 05, Erik Evenson rated it it was ok.
I’d like to pause for a moment and just admire the mind-twist for those that deride zombie books. Also, an intensive distillation of racial politics in America that avoids belabored historical exposition.
A new elevator–the fabled black box–would do the same. It’s intuittionist on race is sloppy, and the writing puts me to sleep. Dec 29, Maurice Ruffin rated it really liked it. Colson Whitehead’s writing is just gorgeous, and the intricate combination of social commentary, philosophy and technology woven through the story means, I believe, that this book would appeal both to fans of steampunk and cyberpunk – it’s doing a lot of the same things, just in a different era.
I plan to reread this novel to see what I missed the first time.