Slumberland

by Paul Beatty | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 037460228X Global Overview for this book
Registered by winggreenbadgerwing of St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on 3/2/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by winggreenbadgerwing from St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, March 2, 2024
I really struggled with this book. The main character, Ferguson, a black American calling himself DJ Darky, wants to find an amazing jazzman, the Schwa, to play over his beat in order to endorse it as perfect. I am not even sure what some of this means. Ferguson's ostensible aim is to break down racial stereotypes and allow black people to move on from them, which I have a lot of sympathy for, but there are two places where horrific harm to animals is described without any compassion at all and the description of women who sleep with men of other races as 'putrefying their race' is personally offensive. Other than that, I feel like Patrick Neate's Guardian review really sums up what I feel about this book: "I fear this novel, with no real people to care about or plot to cling to, is simply a flawed undertaking." A lot of the time I wasn't sure I really understood what was going on, although set in Berlin it feels very very American, and I had nothing in common with any of the characters - the women especially seemed to be mostly there as sex objects with no real character enlargement. I only bothered to finish it as it was a Book Club read.

Journal Entry 2 by winggreenbadgerwing at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, April 11, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (4/11/2024 UTC) at St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom

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Giving to Poodlesister to pass on to sakirmo, who has it on their wishlist, at the Convention in Tampere. Thanks Poodlesister!

Journal Entry 3 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, April 19, 2024
Catching this before I release it later at the Convention venue with another wishlist book for sakirmo.

Journal Entry 4 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, April 19, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (4/19/2024 UTC) at Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland

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Putting on the RABCK table at the Tampere Convention.

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Journal Entry 5 by wingSakirmowing at Turku, Varsinais-Suomi / Egentliga Finland Finland on Monday, April 22, 2024
The book is here, many thanks to both greenbadger and Poodlesister for delivering it!!

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