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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My elevator sometimes doesn’t go all the way to the top. So dense that I had to take breaks to rest my brain, and so good that I intutionist want to take a college lit class where it’s on the syllabus so I can hear people say smart things about it.

It definitely piques my interest in the rest of the Whitehead cannon. The sad truth is the one I’ve already expressed: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Start reading The Intuitionist: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Cross posted at http: The main engineering texts are the volumes of Theoretical Elevators. But I think you would like it. There were six of them once; now they are are five. The let them prepare themselves for the second elevation. This is no ordinary novel by no ordinary novelist’ Sunday Times’A fine addition to the painfully thin oeuvre of modern fictional works about cricket’ Mike Atherton, The Times’Outstanding’ Mail on Sunday’If all you know is cricket, then cricket will break you.

View high res closon image. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. In addition, this is combined with the s-esque colsln problems that plague the character, issues which add nothing interesting to the entire dialogue about race in America.

Wonderful writing and an interesting and engaging read, 4. Lila Mae has worked hard to get where she is: Lila Mae Watson is the unnamed, but very New York-like city’s first female African-american elevator inspector.

One of Lila Mae’s client’s mechanism does a dead drop which leads to a significant professional upheaval. We read it in a single day, one which left us bruised from all the cliches and the noir tropes which were further wrinkled with the riddle of race.


I don’t regret the time spent, and feel rather pleased about exercising those mental muscles. Arthur Colspn is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. Jun 13, Shepherd rated it it was ok. The hallmarks of the postmodern style are there.

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When it doesn’t, which for me was most of the time, it is pages about elevators. A peculiar halting noir with two main features. Other reviewers and the description of the novel in the listing reveals that this is the story of a parallel universe dominated by the world of elevators.

It actually reminded me of my fave book ever, Thomas Pynchon’s Vinelandbut without the wackiness. Showing of reviews. As other commenters have noted, the allegory in this story is very, very simple but goes on for way too long. It’s the summer ofthe year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter. There are flashes of personality beneath the blankness, but not many.

The concept of intuitionism is where a lot of the surreal comedy of the novel stems. I thought it was super imaginative in a bizarre way, setting up this complex world around something elevator inspection that is probably far more mundane.

The Intuitionists practice an inspecting method by which they ride in an elevator and intuit the state of the elevator and its related systems. She is also a detective trying to discover who committed a heinous murder the victim: View all 4 comments.

It seems that, for the first time, nothing is off limits behind the Iron Curtain. The plot is unpredictable – whimsical, jarring and scary, abstract for a while, mundane. An isolated Tuscan farmhouse on the edge of an ancient wood is the perfect setting for a late September holiday. She then goes underground to figure out what this is all about. The writing is generally fantastic, although I admit to skimming some paragraphs laden with technical elevator talk.

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There’s whhitehead magazine mentioned in the book called Lift that somehow seems like a cross between Esquire and Playboy. I was a little disappointed to not see the same level of prose that I loved in Zone One. The text is full of life philosophy largely relating to the human condition.


Blacks certainly had no equality and the author makes the racism palpable in the characters that comprise the plot. However, in this current time and place, the complexity of the structure, an allegory that I never really “got” and the flat affect of the central character all kept me at arm’s length when what I wanted, most, was to be im I’ll hold off rating this one until I think about it a bit As a group of old friends from university and their families gather to relax and unwind, all are hoping it will be a chance to put the tragic events of the previous year behind them.

When Number Eleven of the newly completed Fanny Briggs Memorial Building goes into deadly free-fall just thhe after Lila Mae has signed off on it, using whktehead controversial “Intuitionist” method of ascertaining elevator safety, both Intuitionists and Empiricists recognize the set-up, but may be willing to let Lila Mae take the fall in an election year.

But as always with love there is betrayal. You might even think it sounds dull. This world is exactly like ours, except that elevators are a big, big deal.

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I assume all of them were his own creation and for that alone this book is worth reading. As a result of these two aspects, going from page to page in this book intuitoinist left my spirit in a space where it wants to die.

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.