This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut. Colson Whitehead, Author Anchor Books $ (p) ISBN the city’s first black female Intuitionist elevator inspector, the woman immediately comes under . In a deftly plotted mystery and quest tale that’s also a teasing intellectual adventure, Whitehead traces the continuing education of Lila Mae.
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After a trip home from Australia, Ellen is keen to bring the neglected property back to its former glory and enlists the help of her dear friend and one of Ireland’s top interior designers, Colette Barry. The characters are similarly flat, particularly the heroine, Lila Mae Watson. Yes, that Colson Whitehead.
It’s definitely got some lofty writing, but it enriches the story about something that seems as mundane as elevator inspection. Just not in the mood for that.
A woman of color becomes the first woman of color to get a badge as a City Inspector when new elevators were going up and down all over the city.
Whitehead’s writing is rich and textured. Preview — The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead. But I really enjoyed it. Elevators and elevator inspectors are given the same level of awe that airplanes and pilots once had in intuitioinst version of America.
It is set in what seems a lot like New York City, though in what decade or even century is a little mysterious. But, as Whitehead goes on to point out cooson the Salon.
The sun is shining on the golden castle on Rainbow Bay – and change is in the air! I don’t particularly like any of the characters. Inguitionist planning to read it again so that can really piece it all together.
Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Somewhere in southern Germany they decide, on a whim, to visit Czechoslovakia where Alexander Dubcek’s ‘socialism with a human face’ is smiling on the world. The writing is certainly original and inventive which makes this novel often puzzling, thought provoking, quirky, and ultimately very entertaining if the reader doesn’t simply get lost in this rich mix.
I read Whitehead’s ‘Zone One’ for post-apocalyptic book club, and liked it – someone at our meeting recommended ‘The Intuitionist’ to me – but all they would say is ‘Well, it’s about elevator repairmen. This is possibly one of the hardest books to describe I’ve ever read.
Weaving through it is Lila’s acknowledgement of the whithead of being an African-American woman, her history, and her gradual awakening in the city. She then goes underground to figure out what this is all about.
This extraordinary novel is the first voice in a powerful chorus to come. It’s an old fashioned murder mystery wrapped in a philosophical discussion wrapped in a metaphor. But Lila Mae is never wrong. Whatever had been going through Cameron’s mind when he was alive, he didn’t look peaceful in whiethead.
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You might even think it sounds dull. Verticality, architectural and social, is at the heart of Colson Whitehead’s first novel that takes place in an unnamed high-rise city that combines twenty-first-century engineering feats with nineteenth-century pork-barrel politics.
The text is full of life philosophy largely relating to the human condition. But in a culture overwhelmed by marketing, the name is everything and our hero’s efforts may result in not just a new name for the town but a new and subtler truth about it as well. I admire this in the same way I do an elegant five-course meal, but what I was looking for was more mac-and-cheese. Oct 20, Alex marked it intuitionjst to-read.
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But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. This is a masterful debut, a masterful novel, and a masterful story – one that inntuitionist a smile on my face every time I thought about it, every time I picked it up, even if the sequences I read were harrowing and horrid at times, because I was just damned happy to be reading this book.
Whitshead are the technological expression of the vertical ideal, and Lila Mae Watson, the city’s first black female elevator inspector, is its embattled token of upward mobility. What they need, they realize, is a nomenclature consultant.
Colson’s elevator world is full of suspense and intrigue.