The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye
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The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye

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by Jonathan Lethem
     
 

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"One of the most unique and imaginative writers of his generation."—USA Today

Welcome to the many and fascinating worlds of Jonathan Lethem's striking story collection: A dead man extends his stay on Earth in order to support his family, but merely exists, zombielike, while here; basketball players wear exosuits that lend them the

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"One of the most unique and imaginative writers of his generation."—USA Today

Welcome to the many and fascinating worlds of Jonathan Lethem's striking story collection: A dead man extends his stay on Earth in order to support his family, but merely exists, zombielike, while here; basketball players wear exosuits that lend them the skills of old-time stars like Jordan and Chamberlain; a couple invites the avatars of all their old lovers to their engagement party as a last hurrah; and every time a man takes a lover, her world begins to unwind, until she loses her place in it completely. More wonder awaits in this marvelous collection from Jonathan Lethem, one of our most inventive writers and a recognized master of unforgettable fiction.

"It is the less discernable minglings of the everyday with strange futurity that give Lethem's commonplace themes their awful power and lend his best stories an epic, lyrical power that makes them memorable."—Los Angeles Times

"One of our most inventive, stylish and sensuous writers."—Entertainment Weekly

 

Jonathan Lethem is the author of six novels, including Gun, With Occasional Music and Fortress of Solitude. He is the recipient of many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Salon Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.

 

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PRAISE FOR JONATHAN LETHEM

"One of the most fertile imaginations among America’s young writers."—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"An author to be reckoned with."—NEWSWEEK

Kirkus Reviews
Seven long stories—five reprints, two originals—from the author of Amnesia Moon (1995), etc. In "The Happy Man," a dead man is brought back to life so he can support his family. Occasionally he subsides into a zombielike state while his soul is tortured in Hell: There's a plot payoff, but savvy readers will see it coming miles away. Future basketball players are given the skills of old-time stars like Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, in "Vanilla Dunk." A crack addict in "Light and the Sufferer" rips off his dealer, only to receive the baffling attentions of a curious and invulnerable alien. Stored computer personalities scheme to break free of their owners in "Forever, Said the Duck." In "The Hardened Criminals," convicts, crushed and plasticized, are used as building blocks for prisons. Of the two original entries, "Five Fucks" recounts how a woman who spends the night with a strange man finds that two weeks have passed in the outside world. This intriguing existential conundrum rapidly degenerates, however, into futile solipsism. And in "Sleepy People" the older generation gathers in bars to form militias, while amiable young hooligans lackadaisically terrorize the neighborhood, and some people mysteriously just sleep.

Striking and fascinating though these ideas may be, Lethem often undermines their significance with bizarre, irrational, or meaningless developments. Frown, shrug, pass on.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156032483
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
306
Sales rank:
1,466,502
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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Charles de Lint
One thing about Lethem's writing: You're never sure what you're going to get. The seven stories collected here are proof of his ability to deliver the unexpected. They include everything from a future where the dead are brought back if they're needed to support their families, alien creatures that follow around the doomed, a look at near-future basketball that is a harsh indictment of where the sport could end up, and much more. Fascinating stuff.

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