Nathaniel Rich reviews book Angry Black White Boy: Or, The Miscegenation of Macon Detornay by Adam Mansbach; drawing (M). Intersection for the Arts’ new play “Angry Black White Boy,” based on local author Adam Mansbach’s celebrated novel, blasts through. Adam Mansbach’s Angry Black White Boy Adam Mansbach’s novel Angry Black White Boy, or The. Miscegenation of Macon Detomay. In light of the recent .
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May 31, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: Thanks antry telling us about the problem. Throughout the book, I had a hard time reading the character and deciding whether or not he was genuine, or just trying to prove himself. The ending is a bit weak, which is why Mansbach gets four stars instead of five. Jul 17, D Santee rated it really liked it.
And, I’m not sure if I loved the book’s third act. The Day of Apology pushes New York City over the edge into an epic riot, forcing Macon to confront the depth of his own commitment to the struggle. Oct 22, Kevin Bertolero rated it it was whlte Shelves: Adam Mansbach has received quite a bit of recognition with regard to how this work addresses race relations. Still worth blac, out. As the curtain closes on scene one, Detornay has his finest moment: After high school and acceptance in a preppy school funded by his own white oppressive parents he gets a job as a cab driver to msnsbach out and stop being so hypocritical–but this is just after the Rodney King verdict and the ensuing riots so he is full of more animosity and misplaced anger and frustration than he can handle and starts to boj his white patrons out of anger and helplessness.
Soon he launches the Race Traitor Project, a stress-addled collective that attracts guilty liberals, wannabe gangstas, and bandwagon riders from all over the country to participate in a Day of Apology—a day set aside for white people to make amends for four hundred years of oppression.
When Macon finds that he doesn’t really fit in, he decides to whits to college and pick up a job as a taxi driver which then leads to Macon robbing his passengers to pay for his college fees.
I’d give it three stars for the first half of the book.
The social commentary and critique of this story was great, and I loved the writing style. Maybe worth reading for the sheer breadth of sputtering chunks of pop culture and social criticism, but probably not. Don’t you know me? May 26, Janet rated it it was amazing. His quick-witted critical overview of hip hop, from esteemed underground roots to overcommercialized schlock, assimilation and appropriation, pulls nary a punch in its scathing street-scholarly stance.
Open Preview See a Problem? But in Amerikan history, it is the day that LA, CA had a meltdown over the acquittal of the white police officers over the Rodney King verdict, and is the seminal event in young Macon Detornay’s life.
But in the end, what they had to say, in all its semi-stilted silliness, was axam interesting than my discomfort. I settled in for what proved to be an engrossing story and curiously cognizant tribute to Ellison, Wright, and the Notorious B.
May 27, Johari rated it liked it. Nov 01, Sheehan rated it it was amazing.
This is one of them. But adaptor as well as title-role player Dan Wolf and collaborators angru pulled it off. I started reading this right around the time Obama gave his speech on race, so I found this book very relevant to today.
Advertise About Tips Contact Us. Alliteration, rhythm and perfectly turned phrases are sprinkled throughout. This book begins in Boston but then transitions to New York where Macon goes to college. That’s my next gig! Unfortunately, after the first act it goes steadily downhill. Feb 19, Annie rated it liked it Recommends it for: Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup.
However, the issue the novel covered offends me more than any words that were used ever could. A provocative read – I’d suggest reading it in a book club or with a friend. He quickly learns that the social construct of race is much more complex than that, and sets off on a journey that begins with him robbing white folks in his NYC cab and ends with him becoming a racial demagogue on the run from authorities. This book was good but i have to explain the 4 stars.
The author pulls no punches in throwing his characters into messy situations and letting them get messier. Published March 8th by Broadway Books first published January 1st My God but Adam Mansbach can write. Not just another proud black man trapped in the body of a white kid at Columbia, Macon Detornay is something like the reverse invisible man. On the other hand, it’s ultimately disappointing, and Adam Mansbach needs some serious editing help — he has major point-of-view problems, for one thing.
An interesting, vibrant, funny, satirical look at how we define race and what race means in America. Be the first to ask a question about Angry Black White Boy. It was a cop-out. Heavy on satire, which I guess is a good way to address an issue that is too toxic in the current nightmare we are living in and I did not like the ending.