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Paul Beatty
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The White Boy Shuffle has been described as a satire. What are Beatty's possible targets for satire in this novel?

The protagonist and narrator of the novel is a young black man, yet the novel is titled The White Boy Shuffle. What could this title possibly mean?

All of the male ancestors that Gunnar mentions have Germanic names. Does Beatty have a purpose in giving all of these African-American men German names?

Gunnar Kaufman, a young genius, and Psycho Loco, a career thug every bit as violent as his name, are close friends. What forms the basis of friendship for such an unlikely pair?

Gunnar does not seem to put much effort into controlling the course of his life and this lack of exertion or ready acceptance seems to increase over time. Is this a matter of Gunnar believing he cannot change his situation...

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