An awesome and extremely uncomfortable satirical read.
Satire is a tough thing to pull off. I had trouble with this one. I listened on audiobook because I think satire translates better that way. But, the further into the story and the more outrageous the story, the less I enjoyed it. #audiobook
This novel compelled me to write a full-length review on my blog. I've very much neglected this blog for the past year while I was finishing my MA degree but I'm back! Check it out if you're so inclined and pick up this book today!!
This satirical journey through an unnamed narrator‘s version of his life is heartbreaking and uncomfortably funny at the same time. In a world where black characters crave a medical process called “demelanization,” our narrator begins to force his desire for his son to undertake the procedure. This novel is timely and exactly what everyone needs to be reading. I‘m sorry, but if you rated this badly, you definitely didn‘t get its levels of nuance.
I liked the themes that were covered, but the writing style itself wasn‘t my thing. The narrator had a lot of self loathing and pride mixed together but seeing the disfunctional dystopian society around him, it was understandable. That said, while the style wasn‘t my thing, I cared enough to see how things ended.
This reading experience is going to stick with me. The narrator just wants what he perceives to be the best for his son - and pursues a new medical process, demelaninization, that will make his son white. It's a chilling satire with razor sharp writing - highly recommend.
⭐️⭐️ This book is described as racial satire set in the near-future American south (Perhaps Trump‘s second term? That‘s a joke ... on many levels). The basis of the unnamed narrator‘s radical behavior is the idea of “demelanization,” a process which makes skin appear whiter thereby avoiding racial persecution. It‘s an intriguing idea for a story, but there‘s a lot going on here. Gorgeous cover, undesirable execution.
Trying to grab a couple of chapters while my 5 year old has swim class, but these two other moms sat super close to me and won‘t be quiet and I can‘t tune them out. 😬😆 #booknerdproblems
This was a relatively quick, easy read, but it didn‘t quite draw me in like I had hoped it would. (The last 2 books I read were hard acts to follow.) However, it was an interesting take on familial and cultural race relations in a near-future American society. This story will continue to sit with me.
This was a mixed bag for me. The tale is told in 4 parts and I really did not like the first two parts which were 200 pages of a 320 page book. The pacing and story for me vastly improved in the last 2 parts of the book so at least it ended on a positive and more hopeful note. Satire isn‘t really my jam but I enjoyed Black No More by George Schuyler more.
Slowly making my way through We Cast A Shadow, lighting my #treeoflife candle and taking a moment to enjoy English daffodils from Trader Joe‘s.
An incisive, searing satire set in a future post-post-racial America where a Black man risks his very soul to try to save his son from being Black in this country. Really, really powerful and all too realistic. #readingblackout #onceyougoblackout
For some reason, this was confusing to me. Things happened that didn‘t seem central to the plot, it felt disjointed, and the middle lagged. The main story - a satire about a black man trying to save enough money for an operation that will make his son look Caucasian - felt lost in the shuffle. There were moments of clarity, so it wasn‘t a total miss for me, but yeah...it‘s a strange book! I think it might have worked better as a short story.
This is one of those books that is difficult for me to rate. Personally, I didn't 'like' it. Some books deal with hard topics, make you uncomfortable, break your heart in all the right ways and at the end you say "that was amazing!" For me, this book dealt with hard topics, made me feel uncomfortable and then left me feeling creeped out. Certainly, the writer provoked an emotional response (so he must be doing something right) just not a good one.
IT‘S NEW BOOK DAY! Here are some of today‘s new books! And there‘s a whole bunch more out now, including a couple I‘m really excited about but don‘t have physical copies to show you, including DREYER‘S ENGLISH by Benjamin Dreyer, which is a MUST for anyone who likes to read and write. What are you excited about? 📚❤️📚