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“Filled with wild invention and lyrical prose . . . Conventional characters and superheroes alike behave with the wild abandon we have come to recognize in the novels of Thomas Pynchon, Don De Lillo and Robert Coover. City is simultaneously hilarious and profoundly sad.” — The Washington Post Book World
“An imaginative, surprisingly poignant Italian reinvention of what has become a staple of American teen fiction: the saga of marginalized members of society who find comfort in each other.”— Booklist
“Along with flashes of love it reveals for old-fashioned storytelling, City boldly displays its futurist credentials…Baricco’s narrative virtuosity continues to astonish.” —The Independent (London)
Posted June 2, 2012
Posted January 24, 2005
city is perhaps the best book i have ever read. i recommend it to anyone for its depth and twisted comedy. do not listen to the book reviews, it is a great read for those who need something different than the prototypical literature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 28, 2003
baricco's City is a hit or miss work, only sometimes showcasing what the author or the story is actually capable of. the premise of the story enables for a wonderfully entertaining cast of characters to gather in what could be interpreted as existentially absurd. many of the characters are what i deemed to be intentionally one dimensional and highly idiosyncratic, which allows for some imaginatively inventive dialogue and action. the novel flows smoothly yet wildly. and what seems to be most intriguing of the novel is that it works less as a story being told and more as a pseudo-voyeuristic view on how baricco's eccentric characters interact.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2010
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