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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As a result of these two aspects, going from page to page in this book has left my spirit in a space where it wants to die. Colson Whitehead’s writing is just gorgeous, and the intricate combination of social commentary, philosophy and technology woven through the story means, I believe, that this book would appeal both to fans of steampunk and cyberpunk – it’s doing a lot of the same things, just in a different era. Kaion says, “For sci-fi noir meets race noir, see Colson Whitehead’s spectacular The Intuitionist,” and I’m all whaaaaat, sign me up.

It’s not as polemicized. View all 19 comments. So, he begins to accept the invitations on his desk to half-baked literary events around the world. If there’s one knock against the novel, it’s that Lila–by design no doubt–is an introverted, cold-hearted character.

Literary reputations may not always rise and fall as predictably as elevators, bit if there’s any justice in the world of fiction, Colson Whitehead’s should be heading toward the upper floors — New York Times Book Review. Simultaneously, though, his book illustrates the falseness of this very dichotomy, for he is in fact dealing with issues of prejudice, racial uplift, passing, and the glass ceiling, but he does so in a fascinating and fun story about elevator inspectors, full of political intrigue and noir -ish elements.

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whiteheead I don’t know if enough people have read Vineland for tha So dense that I had to take breaks to rest my brain, and so good that I almost want to take a college lit class where it’s on the syllabus so Whitheead can hear people say smart things about it. May 29, Sara rated it it was amazing. We need to use cookies to do this.


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This feels like the kind of book you could read in a literature class and discuss for about a million years. There was no one else to blame.

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Or so the cover says–I am really not good with allegory, as it makes me very uncomfortable to assume inttuitionist, thus I was not an English major. He soon finds, though, that maternal interference is far from helpful, and he receives comfort from an entirely unexpected quarter – his wife – as he discovers through her the joys of being a ‘settled husband and householder’.

To cope with the inspectorate, the corporate elevator establishment, and other looming elements, she must return to her intellectual roots, the texts both known and lost of the founder of the school, to try to reconstruct what is happening around her. Age is Just a Number by Charles Eugster.

Refresh and try again. The extensive book long metaphor was fun to pick apart, and it was unsettling not knowing who was telling the truth.

If the latter, it’s too remote to involve me emotionally. The Intuitionist was my pick for a tandem read with my wife. Unfortunately, it also, much like the elevator, misses the feel factor. Everyone has an agenda, some of them well-hidden, and it soon becomes clear that the only person Lila Mae can trust is herself.

But, as Whitehead goes on to point out in the Salon. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. From France to India, Germany to Japan, Arthur almost falls in love, almost falls to his death, and puts miles between him and the plight he refuses to face.

I’m interested to see if Whitehead’s later novels rebound, but based on this one I’m not rushing out to get them.

The racial allegory is present but muted and half-baked like everything else. Jun 16, carol. Everyone wants to get their hands on those papers! Whitehead’s strategy is a brilliant one, the kind of idea that must have struck him at an odd moment, like in the dentist’s chair or while listen There’s a rich strain of American literature dealing with this nation’s original sin, slavery and its residue.


She is also the first black woman to pass the tests and be accepted into the seedy white-guy ranks of the Department of Elevator Inspectors. What if William Gibson tackled the recent past, rather than the near future?

Fast-paced, humorous and candid, The Test follows the battles on and off the field as stand-in England captain, James McCall, tries to get his exhausted team across the finish line. See and discover other items: Unsurprisingly, her coworkers, overwhelmingly white intuitionish male, don’t exactly roll out the red carpet when she joins their ranks, especially because she is of the new and controversial Intuitionist school of elevator inspecting. Whitehead’s prose is graceful and often lyrical, and intuihionist elevator underworld is a complex, lovingly realized creation — New Yorker.

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Trivia About The Intuitionist. Quotes from The Intuitionist. I was a little disappointed to not see the same level of prose that I loved in Zone One. The main character is principled and smart, but she’s so reserved that even the reader has to make some guesses at her emotional life.

All of the typical noir elements are here – the big, industrial city, menacing boss es playing dirty politics, muckraking reporter, servant with a trick up his sleeve, small-town girl in the big city. I mean, intuitionisf seems obvious. Jan 30, Laura Frey Reading in Bed rated it liked it. Colson’s hhe world is full of suspense and intrigue. Set up a giveaway.