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S writing style and exceptionally happy with this very ifferent and original story line Excuse me for a sec I need to catch my breath because this novel took me on a JOURNEYMateo Askaripour s Rush Hour debut Black Buck is a wildly batshit absurdist satire on startup culture racism in America media fuckery New York City and so much Buck himself was a fascinating character and one whom you never uite get a grip on but feel okay about in the processIn a weird way this novel sort of reminded me of C D Payne s Youth in Revolt in terms of how ridiculous the stakes got after a certain point And Ion t mean that in a bad way Still this is one of the most original books I ve read all year and it ll efinitely make you feel all sorts of thingsContent warning Overt racism and white supremacy bullying harassment violence murder This was fantasticHere we meet Darren a black man living in NYC high school valedictorian working at Starbucks He s smart kind caring and pretty happy But everyone he cares about wants him to reach his potential be the man they know he can be etc Then an opportunity presents itself and to please said people he takes it And all manner of hell breaks looseI found this book to be a great mixture of hilarity inspiration and confrontation with racism It was really smart and engaging and kept me in with our main character Buck formerly known as Darren even when he lost his wayI idn t give it 5 stars because there was a period in the book when our Different Escaping the Competitive Herd departure from reality became a bit tedious and I almost got bored and because the sales pitches that were touted as geniusidn t blow me away as much as I felt like the author was expecting them to But I still highly recommend it and will Magic Toyshop definitely read of his work Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Netgalley for a review copy The opinions stated here are my own An opportunity means change And opportunity means actions But most of all an opportunity means the chance of failure And it s the potential for failure than failure itself that stops so many people from beginning anything I started out really enjoying this book because I liked the main character Darren who gets the nickname Buck at a start up company where he is the only black person But then Buck becomes a person Iisliked immensely one of those sleazy salespeople that is a stereotype Thus a large portion of this book was hard to read because he treated people so terribly I also Ans Messer geliefert didn t love the ending While there isefinitely humor in this novel it s not an easy read Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book which RELEASES JANUARY 5TH 2021 My thoughts about this book were all over the map It s called satire but it s not the traditional laugh out loud satire Other than a running joke in which every white person thinks Buck looks like a Three Brothers: Memories of My Family different famous black man there s not much to laugh about Instead it s the tale of what happens when a young black man tries to emulate a successful white man and loses his soul Darren is happy working at Starbucks waiting for the right opportunity He gets that opportunity to work as a salesman at a startup company It s one of those high stress sales jobs made so as he s the only black in the company Given the nickname Buck supposedly because he worked at Starbucks he s initially sympathetic but then herinks the kool aid and incorporates the lessons a little too well Later he finds his purpose again as well as his freedom The book is written as a pseudo memoirself helpsales manual filled with lessons The style works well I can t say I really enjoyed this I think appreciate is the better word The last part of the book got too far fetched although maybe not as much as I Behind the Beautiful Forevers d like to think given Trump and his supporters For every part of this book that I liked theepiction of the saleroom and the gonzo mentality there were other parts that just fell flat My thanks to netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for an advance copy of this boo. Ve invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty sixth floor After enduring a “hell week” of training Darren the only Black person in the company reimagines himself as “Buck” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game Black Buck is a hilarious razor sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive crackling ebut that explores ambition and race and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American ream.
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Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Netgalley for an advance copy Every New Art of Cookery: A Spanish Friar's Kitchen Notebook by Juan Altamiras day iseals The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse day Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour is The Wolf of Wall Street for salespeople It will make you laugh it will make you cry it will make you want to punch someone in the face or it will inspire you to pick up the phone and call your prospects Whatever your goal the main reason why I chose this book is I wanted a subject that will teach me about sales written as a story instead of a self help book It is uite a uniue writing style You ll find reader notes that the author wanted to spotlight These are the vital lessons you need to highlight from the book and take with you once you are back in the jungle wearing your vest carrying your bow and arrow and start huntingWhether we are aware of it or not every one of us is a salesperson We all became salespeople when we apply for jobs credit cards colleges loans We became salespeople when we are acuiring new friendships pleasing our family friends colleagues community looking for romantic relationships or for someone to marry That is why it matters to learn these sales techniues because everyay we are negotiating Every 聖☆おにいさん 3 day we are making aealThe author asked three things before I read the book first is to keep an open mind The second is that it is not for everybody As the cliche goes we can t please everybody The third is to say an affirmation statement and clap my hands Every ay we are indeed negotiating without being mindful about it while the clapping helps bring up some positive vibesReading the novel reminds me of worship that I attended in a huge stadium where the evangelist talks with such passion eyes closed hands raised in jubilance shouting In Jesus name Amen repeatedly Except this one happens in a war room on the 36th floor in 3 Park Avenue building where the book s publisher is also holding office in New York CityYes I am a salesperson The main reason why I appreciated how the author presented the book chapters by using sales terminologies such as prospecting ualifying iscovery Summerland demonstrations and closing The story of my lifeAh yes the anatomy of a cold call intro rapportiscovery presentation objection handling ualification and handoff Sometimes it Goodbye Stranger doesn t have to be in this order though each step is vital in filling up the funnel with ualified leadsAt first I amisheartened at the protagonist s Darren Vender aka Buck ambivalence when Rhett offered him a job He is one of those people who will wait for the right opportunity to come instead of taking the bull by its horn and chasing his own Plan Your WorkWork Your Plan dreams Whyo I not like this attitude that the character had initially in the story That is because I Birders Tales of a Tribe do not have the luxury the privilege nor the trappings of success just like he had when someone had offered him a job owing to his sudden bout of courage Just like him I have the odds stacked against me except that he has someone offering him a job while I have to go after a job I cannot afford to wait for someone to notice me I have to find a way to get myself noticed It takesouble the effort to get where I need to be One thing I know is for sure with My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track drive and persistence I will get there I will not think of myself as a victim of a system or institution which I have no control over I will focus on the things I can control like how I spend my timeThis book is for the underdogs May it bring us enough inspiration and joy to reach our hopes andreams in life I had never let anyone speak like that to me before and while I Acua Morta Commissario Martelli don t want to let it fly I knew that it was all a part of the game that real men were judged by how much they could withstand Darren Vender I want to express my profound appreciation to NetGalley publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and author Mateo Askaripour for providing aigital copy of this book that allows me to write an honest and unbiased review Thank you for giving me a silver lining Reason and Revelation in the Middle Ages during this trying time It s nice to be seenYou will find re. “Askaripour closes theeal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel executing a high wire act full of verve and The Woman Next Door dark comic energy” Colson Whitehead author of The Nickel Boys “A hilarious gleaming satire as radiant as its author Askaripour has announced himself as a major talent of the school of Ralph Ellison Paul Beatty Fran Ross and Ishmael Reed Full of uick pacing frenetic energy absurd yet spot on twists and turns and some of the funniest similes I’ve ever read this novel is both balm and bomb” Nafissa Thompson Spires author of Heads of the Colored People For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street a crackling satiricalebut novel about a young.
Views on my blogI also talk about books on Facebook Instagram Twitter What a journey and utter powerhouse BLACK BUCK the Buying a Bride debut from Mateo Askaripour is So much happens to Buck our main character in the span of a year that it is hard to conde Getting an ARC of this Omg it sounds AMAZING This book is not a thriller but it feels like oneBLACK BUCK pitched as being for fans of The Wolf of Wall Street is propulsive and heart pounding right from its confident riotous beginning where Darren Buck Vender our main character and the only Black salesman at the startup where he s just been hired asks the reader to clap their hands and chant EVERY DAY IS DEALS DAY I haven t met a main character this powerful in ages and I haven t read a book that kept me on my back foot so consistently in just as longDeftly addressing systemic racism and racial ineuality startup culture workplace hazing personal tragedy and life in New York City BLACK BUCK feels like a roller coaster you re not sure actually ends on the ground The novel opens uncertain and reckless turns gaudy and slick and vicious in the middle and will have you cheering by its end Buck asks the reader on the final page toecide if it was all worth it I say absolutely Keep an eye out for this one out January 2021 Black Buck is Mateo s Fuglane debut novel and I was thoroughly impressed This story line is peculiar and also very well written It s entertaining but also touches on some very relevant issues in today s society I amefinitely looking forward to reading any subseuent novels that may come from this author Black Buck tells a tale of Darren Vendor your typical twenty two year old guy that works at Starbucks and lives with his mom Darren graduated as his high school s valedictorian but after graduating becomes complacent in life His mom like any other mom has bigger goals for her son and vocalizes it every chance she gets One Melowy day Darren steps out on a limb to sell his regular customer Rhett a coffee that isifferent from his regular order Rhett offers Darren an opportunity of a lifetime to come work for him at his company after this Darren s life is never the same Back in my The Layover day when a white man gave you an opportunity it came at a costOnce Darren goes to work for Sumwun he is transformed in to Buck a moniker given to him because he worked for StarbucksI ll tell you what Io know Darrone Or rather Buck I Play to the End d call you Starbucks but it s too long so Buck will have too You Discovering Gilgamesh don t mindo you Buck Darren is the only black person that works at Sumwun and faces many racial challenges but because of his mom he pushes through in hopes of being the best man that he can be Well no matter how hard it gets remember why you re there Dar To become somethin and show the world what you re made of To let your light shine and be all I know you can be The longer Buck works at Sumwun the his life changes The people around him Crime and Horror in Victorian Literature and Culture Volume II don t even recognize who he s become While reading I tried toecipher if it was Buck who was actually changing or if his friends and family were just having a hard time adapting to his new lifestyle Then something life altering happens Darren completely gives up on every one that has been in his corner and completely transforms in to Buck Fuck the old Darren I announced to the empty room I m Buck As time progresses in the book Buck realizes the error in his ways and tries to get back to being Darren Something his mother told him resonates loud in his spirit It s the The Resisters duty of every man and woman who has achieved some success in life to pass it on because when we re gone what matters most isn t what we were able to obtain but who we were able to help And help is exactly what Buckid Buck Enndlins Life decides to help people of color become better salesman to help better themselves He alsooesn t want them to experience what he experienced his first week at Sumwun This book reads as funny and satirical so the ending was not expected Overall I was pleased with this author. Man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious cult like and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission An unambitious twenty two year old Darren lives in a Bed Stuy brownstone with his mother who wants nothing than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building hanging out with his girlfriend Soraya and eating his mother’s home cooked meals All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels the silver tongued CEO of Sumwun NYC’s hottest tech startup results in an exclusi.