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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Protagonist Macon Detornay, a self-proclaimed “white Bigger Thomas,” spares no one in his all-out attack on whiteness. Mansbach explores how universal hip-hop is, yet how rooted it is in Black diasporic culture and that a love for hip-hop doens’t necessarily mean a love for social justice. This book has a lot of words, hip hop quotables mostly old school though and even pages of poetry.

If you’re aadm for a book that is constantly high-action ,ansbach suspense, this isn’t the read for you.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In robbing them he hopes to familiarize them with the daily fear and mistreatment African Americans get however he never reveals his face and the media and victims assume he is black. I settled in for what proved to be an engrossing story aam curiously cognizant tribute to Ellison, Wright, and the Notorious B. It is evocatively written, so that the reader reacts Angry Black White Boy is the classic rebellious young man who finds out that he is what he despises tale in a modern masnbach.

Not sure what I was doing that day other than being a husband and father to two boys ages almost seven and five. Admittedly, at first, I was skeptical, simply because I wasn’t used to reading books about this subject matter, and didn’t know what sort of attitude to go into it with. The novel, at times, is very blunt, and very, no-holds-barred, if you will, in a way that has potential to offend some people. Nov 03, Sunny rated it liked it Shelves: If you’re looking for a book that is constantly high-action a I thought this book was absolutely phenomenal.


Not worth the time. Dec 31, Kevin Milton rated it it was amazing.

Fueled by his ancestor’s racist past, Detornay tries to immerse himself into black life and culture so much that his whiteness becomes irrelevant. I would add that he has also woven one heck of a zdam tale. So many of the nuanced perspectives of race interactions, expectations and disconnects are portrayed by engaging characters, the book is a testament to signifying. Feb 19, Annie rated it liked it Recommends it for: Whhite moving to New York City for college, Macon From the acclaimed author of Shackling Water comes the first great race novel of the twenty-first century, an incendiary and ruthlessly funny satire about violence, pop culture, and American identity.

Angry Black White Boy by Adam Mansbach

Want to Read saving…. Trivia About Angry Black White Aug 23, Demetria rated it really liked it Recommends it for: May 27, Johari rated it liked it. Nov 01, Sheehan rated it it was amazing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Far from healing wounds, however, this proposal only reveals the depth of racial anger, denial and ignorance. The author pulls no punches in throwing his characters into messy situations and letting them get me Someone has been tagging south Minneapolis with “Angry Black White Boys with Feelings” sometimes just abbreviated to “Boys with Feelings”.

Self-aware references to “deus ex machina” tell us this is all deliberate, but that doesn’t save the book from itself. Black, white, young, old, racist, revolutionary; his characters are all over the place and he sketches them well.

Angry Black White Boy

It has passages that are both thought-provoking and wonderfully poetic, making it a worthwhile read. Aug 13, Rob Forteath rated it liked it. Macon is the great-grandson of Cap Anson, another real-life figure and star player whose virulent racism helped keep baseball re-segregated until the s. When Macon finds that he doesn’t really fit in, he decides to go 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.


Oct 31, M Scott adaam it it was ok. Refreshingly enjoyable mix of hip-hop culture with well-written narrative examination of race in America. I was not familiar with this book, or it’s author but saw it on the bookshelf of an AirBnb that my wife and I stayed at in New Haven, CT, the weekend we met our future wdam parents officially for the first time, and to attend a Yale Tailgate Football game – vs.

I rate this book three out of five stars because the book is hard to follow. Or should we seek redress, judging the past by present-day standards? Advertise About Tips Contact Us.

But there’s a deeper message about identity, hip-hop and the siphoning of Black culture by white America. Columbia, Macon’s almost alma mater!

He robs the fares in the back of his cab with impunity, because the face they see on the other end of the gun is black by association. Aug 20, tim fitzgerald rated it it was amazing. Feb 05, Bailey rated it did not like it. That’s my next gig! This is a hilarious and insightful satire of white liberal vs.

A horrible mess of a book. May 31, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: A good friend gave me this book – said I had to read it, she didn’t know blacl to think.