The Intuitionist (Colson Whitehead)

Article by Jeremy

In the world of Elevator Operators, there are two factions: the Empiricists, who diligently seek out and analyze issues and flaws in the mechanism, and the Intuitionists, who can feel the problems without having to look at anything. Author Colson Whitehead takes this idea and extends it into a world at once familiar and strange.


Lila Mae is an Intuitionist. She's also the first black female Elevator Operator, and an elevator has crashed on her watch. Like a grainy flickering image, this novel entices and reveals great wonders. It's no wonder that Colson Whitehead has become one of his generation’s most innovative authors.

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ISBN: 9780385493000
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Published: Anchor Books - January 3rd, 2000

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