This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut. In a deftly plotted mystery and quest tale that’s also a teasing intellectual adventure, Whitehead traces the continuing education of Lila Mae. The Intuitionist: A Novel [Colson Whitehead] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This debut novel by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The .

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What I wouldn’t give to pick this book up in and get in on the ground floor, as it were, of Colson Whitehead. At pages I intiitionist still waiting. As a result of these two aspects, going from page to page in this book has left ituitionist spirit in a space where it wants to die. The plot is unpredictable – whimsical, jarring and scary, abstract for a while, mundane.

It’s not the s, though. This can work, but only if the surroundings rise to the occasion. So here it is: More book recommendations by me at www.

You might even think it sounds dull. While this is a neat idea, in the end it feels half-baked.


United States of America. Return to Book Page. I know it sounds very odd, but it works. He knows he’ll get better information out of me if he waits for the written version of my bookish thoughts. It’s not as polemicized.


Watson is the second black inspector and the first black female inspector in the city. In one sense it works.

The writing in Zone One my review was astonishing enough that I resolved to seek out more of his work. In this world, we are introduced to Lila Mae – an excellent elevator inspector, an Intuitionist, brilliant and passionate about her field, and a trailblazer – the first black woman to become an Inspector in an overwhelmingly white boys’ club. intuitionlst

You can see the seeds of The Underground Railroad here, I think. Also, an intensive distillation of racial politics in America that avoids belabored historical exposition.

The Intuitionist – Wikipedia

Books by Colson Whitehead. Unfortunately, it also, much like the elevator, misses the feel factor. The fundamental premise has an absurdity to it that I normally respond to, and there are sections of prose that truly elevated ha the thing to 4-star levels.

Colson’s elevator world is full of suspense and intrigue. Socially it feels like the intuitionizt, technologically it could be anywhere from the 30s to the 60s.

This probably means I need to re-read it to both get and appreciate it more fully. And then we have this big concept thing wrapped around a noir-like “mystery” that wasn’t very mysterious not to mention, not very dramatic. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


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The Intuitionist is Whitehead’s first published work. At it’s heart, the novel might be broken down like this: Published January 4th by Anchor first published Richard Becker It depends on why you are hesitant. The I came to Colson Whitehead by way of zombies. It explores the dilemma of light-skinned blacks who pass for white, and the roles of first-black, second-black, in a white organization, and the blending of backgrounds and cultures in an urban setting.

I assume all of them were his own creation and for that alone this book is worth reading. It’s the fact that the book works–an does it ever–that’s a testament to Whitehead’s genius.

Want to Read saving…. Or is it about an ideological conflict between opposing schools of elevator theory the Empiricists and the Intuitionists which surfaces when an elevator deemed safe by elevator inspector, Lila Mae Watson an Intuitionist goes into freefall?