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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A tautly plotted mystery of dark family secrets, perfect for fans of Kate Morton. What makes the novel intuitionish extraordinary is the ways in which Whitehead plays with notions of race.

Quotes from The Intuitionist. See and discover other items: The writing is always original and distinctive, full of dark humor and surprising juxtapositions. He was engaging, funny, clever, and had nice dreadlocks. The time is uncertain, but it seems to run concurrently with that of The Maltese Falcon or Farewell My lovely. But the main problem was with Lila Mae. The elevator doctrine has undergone a schismatic shift in the past decade, after Mr.

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You may not be instantly hooked by that description. Cross posted at http: The notions of passing brought up toward the end of the book are briefly interesting but it’s like holding up a match in a cavernous darkness. He says, “decades ago, there was the protest novel, and then there was ‘tell the untold story, find our unerased history. I stand by my last status update comment which is that my sense is that this was trying to be too many things at once and for me, it just didn’t come together — or rather, I didn’t have the brain power and focus to bring it together.

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This novel takes place in a past that didn’t exist–where the Elevator Inspectors are revered, in a great city that has achieved verticality and seems to be c New York, or even 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.

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Those elevators highly utilized only because they are safe, safe only because of the skilled elevator inspectors laying down the law regarding their maintenance, and upkeep. Lila Mae is the first colored woman in the department, only the second colored person in the local chapter, and a disciple of Intuitionism. The notebooks describe Fulton’s work on the “black box,” a perfect elevator that could reinvent the city as radically as the first passenger elevator did when patented by Elisha Otis in the nineteenth century.

Not caring much for zombies, I picked this one, and am glad I did. The Intuitionist is an odd little novel.

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The dialog and the action seem to parallel a post great war mystery. I wasn’t sure if the story took place in the past or the future. Refresh and try again. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve Suffice it to say there are several layers to this elevator-as-metaphor aspect, and they have a unique dialogue with one another.

I’d like to pause for a moment and just admire the mind-twist for those that deride zombie books. Sep 22, A. 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 I can hear people say smart things about it. I know it sounds very odd, but it works. Elevators 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.


You have to be able to fathom change before you can start to affect it.

Would definitely recommend to those who are interested in feminism and race issues. Elevators are symbolic of the black definition to define one’s self in the world whether that be through understanding the experience or connecting with the physical presence of being black.

The reasons for this are well supported in the book. Definitely required more attention than I was able to give it, so I net out at a 2.

I’ll just let my thoughts continue to bubble around in my head and encourage you to read this book yourself so that you can have bubbles too. Watson is the second black inspector and the first black whitdhead inspector in the city.

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There’s a rich strain of American literature dealing with this nation’s original sin, slavery and its residue. And she’s good at it—until one day, an elevator in intuktionist flagship municipal building goes into freefall just after Lila Mae has deemed it safe for use.

It’s definitely got some lofty writing, but it enriches the story about something that seems as mundane as elevator inspection. In both cases, I knew as I was whktehead it that what I was reading carried important and valid points about society and the role of colored skin in it, but I struggled whitehrad get what it was saying.

I kept waiting for the story is to take a turn into the fantastic; but it didn’t.

See all reviews. Please try again later. There are flashes of personality beneath the blankness, but not many.