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The Fortress of Solitude

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    Angel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2004

    An incredible journey

    I loved this book and was saddened when the story ended. This is a story of a boy - but it is also a story of gentrification, racism, urban life, the destructive powers of drugs, the loneliness of childhood, friendship, enemies, imagination...the list can go on and on. Suffice it to say, this novel is rich. I could not stop reading this book. It will bring you back to childhood feelings - to the feeling of loneliness, confusion, isolation, feeling of not being heard, impotence - but there is also a sense of redemption, of growth and of change. I live in the area of Brooklyn where the novel takes place, and walking down these streets is never the same after reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    A compelling, thought-provoking read

    This book is like no other I've ever read - the style, the format, everything is unique. In fact, the way Lethem organizes his book makes it seem as if you're reading three different books. The first is lyrical, almost operatic; you can feel the deep loneliness all these characters experience and the pain they all feel from this sense of isolation. The second, a short linear notes section, gives you a brief history into what happened to some of the characters. And the third is more dialogue-based, more grounded in reality, giving us a sense of both resolution and open-endedness. What's remarkable about this book is how Lethem is able to express that, while these characters are in many ways very different from each other, they all share the commonalty of being alone. Exploring the implications of gentrification, differences in the black and white experience, and the drug boom, Lethem shows two friends - Mingus and Dylan - and their journey through childhood up to adulthood. What makes this book so special is that I rode an emotional rollercoaster while reading this: at times hilarious and sad, there were moments when I felt both hope and bleakness simultaneously. If you want to have some food for thought, read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    Excellent

    Touching, compelling, fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2003

    MR AND MRS GENE SHAW

    LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Fortress Opened Up My Solitude

    This is a beautifully written book that captures the middle earth that was Brooklyn in the 1970s in an eerily exact way. A book to be treasured and reread over the years.

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