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Hell of a Book: A Novel de Jason Mott
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Hell of a Book: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Jason Mott (Autor)

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Membre:NancyAK
Títol:Hell of a Book: A Novel
Autors:Jason Mott (Autor)
Informació:Dutton (2021), 336 pages
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This was a rather strange, unsettling, and ultimately deeply moving look at the experience of growing up and living as a dark-skinned person in America. The reader never knows quite what is real and what is imagined, but in the end, it's all real in one way or another, and shattering. I can understand why this brilliantly inventive novel won the National Book Award: it managed to find a new way to talk about race in America, and that's quite the accomplishment. ( )
  RandyRasa | Dec 31, 2021 |
Given the title, this novel has a lot to live up to. Luckily, Jason Mott mostly delivers a Hell of a Book, even if the premise grows thin by the end of this clever satire in which an author on his triumphant book tour, the kind of book tour available only to Franzens and fantasy, hallucinates the presence of a young Black boy. The story alternates between the author's life and the life of this boy, drawing parallels and moving the two lives closer and closer.

To be readable, or at least readable by white Americans, a novel looking at the stark, unforgiving effects of racism needs a large helping of satire or gallows humor. And in recent years, there have several satires on the issue, from The Sellout and We Cast a Shadow to The Trees. The satirical elements temper the righteous anger and allow the reader to receive a pointed message without feeling defensive. And the message in Hell of a Book is exceedingly sharp, as it needs to be. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Dec 30, 2021 |
A unique telling of the story of a black man in America. I enjoyed the scattered humor and distinctive, overlapping voices of Soot and the main character. The perspective allows the reader to jump into the characters' shoes and take a walk in them. Creative and engaging novel. ( )
  Beth.Clarke | Dec 30, 2021 |
This story follows an author on a cross-country book tour for his novel, Hell of a Book. While on your, he continually encounters “The Kid”. Plus there is a boy called Soot, due to the darkness of his skin, who has learned how to ‘disappear’. These stories converge in a unique way.
I thought this book was an amazing commentary on what black people face each day, written in a very interesting way. I highly recommend it. ( )
  rmarcin | Dec 21, 2021 |
I listened to this on audio--and the narration was fantastic--but I wonder if I would have liked it more on paper? I found myself a little confused more than once (who? where?), and kept wondering what this book looked like on the page. Were there hard breaks, or font changes, or anything as unique as the story itself?

I found the dry and often sarcastic humor in the book to be quite funny--the consultant on book tours, at the beginning? OMG--I really expected to be surprised by the end, as the stories of the author, Soot, and The Kid converge. Only I wasn't surprised at all. It pretty much all turned out to be exactly what I expected (the whole "disorder" as an explanation for the author's confusion/poor memory was not the reason I saw coming, but I guess it really is the same thing. I thought PTSD, and the D is for "disorder", but I have never heard nor thought of it being described that way.

As for the NBA win--I get it and have no issue. I didn't love this, but it is clever and original and circles back around, which is something I usually love, but again, I was disappointed in not being surprised. The wit, though, was great--and I loved that the author's book was never named. I bet people who have been on book tours see a layer in here that I don't. ( )
  Dreesie | Dec 15, 2021 |
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