The White Boy Shuffle

  • by Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by Prentice Onayemi
  • 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle, is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people".

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Amazing.

The story was performed so well, and I was able to get a minority point of view toward society.
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- Tihare Salazar

Good writing but disappointing storyline.

This is my first book by Paul Beatty; he really writes extremely well, but the story is more like a collection of one-act plays than a coherent whole. While I enjoyed each act, the story itself progressed little. The protagonist, Gunnar Kaufman, is apparently a genius at whatever he attempts; he is a published poet, a basketball star, a well-read philosopher. So handsome as to attract women yet remaining chaste. He is a wellspring of contradictions, with a philosophy that, in the end, is depraved. I realize that this is satire, but it is often over the top. This sort of humor works better if it is more subtle. This was more like slapstick. Yet the prose is unique and at time marvelous.
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- MidwestGeek "Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios