Slumberland

A Novel
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Critical darling Paul Beatty's highly original, widely praised novel of race, identity, and underground music.

After creating the perfect beat, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, a little know avant-garde jazzman, to play over his sonic masterpiece. His quest brings him to a recently unified Berlin, where he stumbles through the city's dreamy streets ruminating about race, sex, love, Teutonic gods, the prevent defense, and Wynton Marsalis in search of his artistic - and spiritual - other.

Ferocious, bombastic, and laugh-out-loud funny, Slumberland is vintage Paul Beatty and belongs on the shelf next to Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, and Junot Diaz.

©2008 Paul Beatty (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Laugh out loud funny!

Another great piece of writing. Makes me wish there was a soundtrack so I can hear that "chicken song!"

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For audiophiliacs and xenos

It's often indescribable where and how Paul Beatty chooses to take you some place. You just have to go and look back from the other side. This is a raw and ragged journey through sound, music, identity, gifts, and acceptance.

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No plot

No plot. No point. A waste of my time that I completed for book club discussion.