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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    Bizarro New York

    Jonathan Lethem really has a talent for capturing the quintessence of what it is to be a New Yorker. His characters in Chronic City encapsulate the history of the city and the types of people that inhabit it. Worn out downtown hippies, child actors, the intelligentsia, and the elite unveil the joy and pain of living life on a frigid grid of streets and avenues.

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  • Posted June 18, 2010

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    My first foray into Lethem

    I have always been intrigued by this author. Lethem offers a wide range of subjects and styles in his novels and the descriptions of his books that have been related to me by friends always seem thoughful and sufficiently off kilter. I decided to try this one first because it was available as an e-book. I was totally enthralled with this book. The plot premise is unlike anything that I could have thought up and the characters are incredibly intriguing. The whole book is laced with conspiracies, plots, and so many metaphors and symbols that it becomes hard to keep all the connections straight. But I think that is somehow the point. Perkus gets lost in a world of random cultural connections, and Lethem buries the reader in the same kind of details, connections, and theories that overtake his characters. What is real? What is fake? What is genuine? What is contrived? It is difficult to decide, but fun to contemplate. I finished reading several days ago and I am still thinking about the book. I think what I ultimately took away from this novel was the idea that it can be difficult to tell if we are being genuine in our choices and lifestyles or if we are being directed by those who create a "simulated" world around us. However difficult this may be, we can create our own small world within the simulation by fostering close relationships and being true to those who need us. This is probably a gross oversimplification, but I am running out of space so I will let it go at that. I just want to close by saying that this is a great unique read for people who enjoy a book that is more about the characters and how they react and develop than it is about what happens in the plot.

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