The Intuitionist

The Intuitionist

Book - 2000
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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.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2000
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 9780385493000
0385493002
0385492995
Branch Call Number: FICTION WHITEHEAD
Characteristics: 255 p. ; 21 cm

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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 deb... Read More »


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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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VirgilCane
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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