The Intuitionist

The Intuitionist

Book - 1999 | 1st Anchor books ed
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An elevator inspector becomes the center of controversy when an elevator crashes. The inspector, Lila Mae Watson, is a black woman who inspects by intuition, as opposed to visual observation, and now she must prove her method was not at fault. A study of society's attitude to technology and a debut in fiction
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1999
Edition: 1st Anchor books ed
ISBN: 9780385492997
0385492995
9780385493000
0385493002
Branch Call Number: Mystery WHITEHEAD C
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm

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FloraWest
Jan 11, 2020

Near reality sci-fi is my favorite kind and I really got into this suspenseful world where elevator inspectors, of all things, have great importance. Feels simultaneously retro and futuristic. And of course, Whitehead is just great at prose.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 28, 2019

A strange debut novel about elevators from the Pulitzer-winning author of "Underground Railroad." Has a similar feel and sense of humor as "Being John Malkovich," which came out the same year.

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peachmcd
Sep 17, 2019

I loved this author's Underground Railroad, and was so happy to finally get this in my hands. Very textured, creative, NOIR alternate NYC is amazingly detailed and visualized. I took a half star off my perfect rating just cuz I'm not very good with 'literary fiction' and this book kept swinging between potboiler and poetry in a way that sometimes lost me. Definitely not the author's fault - I'll ditto the reviewer above who wants to take a lit class in order to hear people unpack this for me.

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Ctonkinrn
Apr 03, 2019

Loved this alternate dimension! Vertical transport will ever be the same to me. Two thumbs up!

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skyekilaen
Mar 11, 2017

So dense that I had to take breaks to rest my brain, and so good that I (almost) want to take a college lit class where it's on the syllabus so I can hear people say smart things about it. (But I hate school, so that's not happening.) Whitehead's writing is rich and textured. Every single "minor" character is memorable. Just freakin' amazing.

It actually reminded me of my fave book ever, Thomas Pynchon's Vineland, but without the wackiness. I don't know if enough people have read Vineland for that to be helpful in any way. ;)

SFPL_danielay Dec 27, 2014

I never would have thought elevator inspection could be so thrilling. A funny, thoughtful, exciting read.

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PearlyBaker
Aug 13, 2014

I wanted to love it. I really loved Sag Harbor and Zone One. I enjoy his writing style and prose but I just could not for life of me get into this piece at all.

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