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The Intuitionist de Colson Whitehead
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The Intuitionist (1999 original; edició 1998)

de Colson Whitehead (Autor)

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An elevator inspector becomes the center of controversy when an elevator crashes. The inspector, Lila Mae Watson, is a black woman who inspects by intuition, as opposed to visual observation, and now she must prove her method was not at fault. A study of society's attitude to technology and a debut in fiction.… (més)
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Títol:The Intuitionist
Autors:Colson Whitehead (Autor)
Informació:Doubleday (1998), Edition: 1st, 272 pages
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The Intuitionist de Colson Whitehead (1999)

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Things this book is: a noir crime thriller about corrupt politicians, an examination of race in America, a speculative fiction alternate history, a slow-burn character study, a mystery, a philosophical and scientific academic debate about elevators. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
A wonderfully-written mystery that tells the story of the first African American woman elevator inspector. Not quite magical realism, but flirts with the idea. ( )
  poirotketchup | Mar 18, 2021 |
Enjoyed this one a lot. It's a little weird, it's got a touch of the procedural in it (meaning like it hints at peeling back the curtain on how a sort of work is done, though I imagine it's mostly pretty inaccurate -- still, it's fun), and it's both funny and serious. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I'm going to have to read this one again, I think. There were parts of it I absolutely loved, but I also had a hard time staying engaged and I must have missed some important pieces. The slightly-alternate world is fascinating, though. ( )
  JBD1 | Nov 14, 2020 |
The Intuitionist by Coulson Whitehead I read this years ago then "lost" it...couldn't remember the tile or the author only that it was about lifts! After many fruitless Google searches I finally found it and re-read it. It was as good as I remembered.
 
One of those books that come from left field and take you somewhere else completely.
 
Remarkable ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
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A dizzyingly-high-concept debut of genuine originality, despite its indebtedness to a specific source, ironically echoes and amusingly inverts Ralph Ellison’s classic Invisible Man.... Whitehead skillfully orchestrates these noirish particulars together with an enormity of technical-mechanical detail and resonant meditations on social and racial issues, bringing all into a many-leveled narrative equally effective as detective story and philosophical novel. Ralph Ellison would be proud.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaKirkus Reviews (May 20, 2010)
 
The young African-American writer to watch may well be a thirty-one-year-old Harvard graduate with the vivid name of Colson Whitehead... Whitehead unfolds his raddled undercity with the terse poetry and numinous dignity of the early Malamud. The prose is a gas, bubbly, clean, often funny in its bursts of mock-mandarin social exposition:
afegit per Lemeritus | editaThe New Yorker, John Updike (Apr 30, 2001)
 
...an ambitious, wide-ranging exploration of racial struggle and the dynamics of social progress. The idea of physical elevation, of course, has obvious metaphorical significance in this context, and Whitehead makes much of it, framing his subject as a contest between warring conceptions of how best to lift people from one level of being to the next.... He's obviously trying to do for second-generation elevator transport what Thomas Pynchon did for alternative mail delivery in ''The Crying of Lot 49'' -- using it ironically as a metaphor for a radical new way of restructuring the accepted reality. That's a tall order, but the fact that Whitehead has succeeded as well as he has is news worth spreading. Literary reputations may not always rise and fall as predictably as elevators, but if there's any justice in the world of fiction, Colson Whitehead's should be heading toward the upper floors.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaNew York Times, Gary Krist (Web de pagament) (Feb 7, 1999)
 
A stunning contemplation on race, The Intuitionist brings to mind the strength of Ralph Ellison and the quirky brilliance of Thomas Pynchon. Whitehead crafts an entire culture around elevators, complete with specifications, internecine philosophical battles, founding fathers, and corporate shenanigans.... By turns literate, thrilling, comic, and poignant, Whitehead lifts readers into this strange world and never allows identity politics to turn the book into an ideological jag.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaBookPage, Mark S. Luce (Jan 1, 1999)
 
In this Gotham-esque sweatbox, every footstep echoes like a nickel hitting the bottom of a penny bank. Whitehead has created a self-contained universe in this novel, complete with its own mythology and history (re-created at length in the course of the narrative), and it is to his credit that he is able to weave in a meditation on race. He has a completely original story to tell, and he tells it well, successfully intertwining multiple plot lines and keeping his reader intrigued from the outset.
afegit per Lemeritus | editaPublishers Weekly (Nov 30, 1998)
 

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It's a new elevator, freshly pressed to the rails, and it's not built to fall this fast.
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But before he can say something more, something tangible that Lila Mae can use to prepare herself, the tunnel eats the transmission. Like that. Then there’s just the agitated scratch of static inside her sedan and the earnest humming of multiple tires on the tunnel floor outside. Near silence, to better contemplate the engineering marvel they travel through, the age of miracles they live in. The air is poisonous.
Government buildings are generally squat rather than tall, presumably to better accommodate deep file drawers of triplicate ephemera. So it has been for generations.
The drivers mellow once they hit the city because they remember again what the city is like and get exhausted, one by one as they exit the tunnel, and can’t remember why they were in such a hurry to get there. The internecine system of one-way streets and prohibited U-turns makes retreat a difficult enterprise. This is on purpose.
They can turn rabid at any second; this is the true result of gathering integration: the replacement of sure violence with deferred sure violence.
It is failure that guides evolution; perfection provides no incentive for improvement, and nothing is perfect. Nothing we create works the way it should.
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An elevator inspector becomes the center of controversy when an elevator crashes. The inspector, Lila Mae Watson, is a black woman who inspects by intuition, as opposed to visual observation, and now she must prove her method was not at fault. A study of society's attitude to technology and a debut in fiction.

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