Nell'Ispettorato Ascensori di una grande metropoli, cresciuta impetuosamente verso l'alto con i suoi mille grattacieli, arriva Lila Watson, prima ispettrice donna e di colore. Lila è la più celebre e affidabile esponente della scuola degli "intuizionisti". Quando ispezionano gli ascensori, gli intuizionisti non usano manuali e utensili: li sentono. Quando un ascensore controllato da Lila precipita, per la scuola avversaria - quella degli "empiristi" - è una ghiotta occasione. Ma Lila non ha mai sbagliato un collaudo ed è certa di essere vittima di un sabotaggio. Indaga clandestinamente sull'incidente, fino a scoprire un segreto capace di rimettere in discussione la sua vita e il futuro dell'intera metropoli.
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Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist is a mystery about…elevator inspectors? 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) Leggi tutto
Posted at Heradas Review The time period is difficult to pin down. 1950s, 1960s? The setting is never explicitly said to be New York City, but it is. There are clues peppered here and there but the whole thing also has a timeless, every-major-city quality to it. This world is exactly like ours, excep Leggi tutto
I came to Colson Whitehead by way of zombies. Colson Whitehead, writer of award-nominated books, including National Book Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year; contributer to the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Ma Leggi tutto
This book was recommended to me off a list. I read some reviews before I dove in. Some said "it's about elevators" others said "it's all about race". Well...they're both kind of right, but I think they've missed the point. This is an excellent book. It's an old fashioned murder mystery wrapped in a
I'll hold off rating this one until I think about it a bit... there is a lot to like about it; but a lot I just didn't understand. My elevator sometimes doesn't go all the way to the top. _____________ Here's the thing: at another time and place, I would probably rate this a 4. However, in this curren Leggi tutto
In an interview with Salon.com following the publication of his 1999 debut novel The Intuitionist , Colson Whitehead discusses the freedom he has as an African American writer of the late 20th century. He says, "decades ago, there was the protest novel, and then there was 'tell the untold story, find Leggi tutto
Unusual mix of crime mystery, science fiction, and speculative fiction. The setting is unnamed, likely an alternate version of mid twentieth century New York. Protagonist Lila Mae Watson, a graduate of the Institute for Vertical Transport, is the first black female elevator inspector in a society in Leggi tutto
This isn't just an allegory of race, as the many glowing reviews in the prefatory pages state. It's an allegory of everything. "Elevators" and "intuitionism" variously represent upward social mobility and its limits, the threatened gains of the civil rights movement, the anxiety of a post-rational w Leggi tutto
There's a rich strain of American literature dealing with this nation's original sin, slavery and its residue. In fact, there's so much literature on the topic that I've heard quite a few times that there's nothing left to say. Enter Colson Whitehead's the Intuitionist, a book that manages to make t Leggi tutto
I am reading this for a class that I am taking on black postmodern fiction. The hallmarks of the postmodern style are there. It is clear that Whitehead read a fair amount of Pynchon and Barth due to the extensive presence of half-thoughts, sentence fragments, and commentary from the narrator. So, wi Leggi tutto
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