Chronic City

Chronic City

by Jonathan Lethem
3.4 37

Paperback

$11.01 $16.95 Save 35% Current price is $11.01, Original price is $16.95. You Save 35%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Get it by Wednesday, November 22 ,  Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.
    Same Day delivery in Manhattan. 
    Details

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Chronic City 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Sweetnighter More than 1 year ago
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.
DonJ11 More than 1 year ago
I had read the Times review of the Top 10 books from 2009 and that drew me to this book. I'd never read a book quite like it - complex and full of thoughtful discussions and contemplations. It really captured New York and New Yorkers (for good and for bad!). The book has surreal elements (a subway drill that eats street buildings) and a three-way love story between a female astronaut (trapped in space station), a former child star (male), and a ghost writer (female). There are lots of other primary elements in the book, but you'll have to read it to find out. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is lethem's best yet...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
stopped in the middle. couldn't go any further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
boligarchy More than 1 year ago
Fortress of Solitude is one of my favorite novels of the 21st century. So when I pushed through the first 50 or so pages of Chronic City trying unsuccessfully to care about any of the characters, I held out hope that some sort of connection awaited me further into this disappointing book. My patience was rewarded for a brief period.Without giving away too much, I became immersed and enthralled as these characters chased after something special on EBay and wondered if a certain acting legend was dead or alive. But then, it was as if something, perhaps a thick fog right out this story(there are way too many Airborne Toxic Events in this book) came over me and caused me to start resenting the hell out of Lethem for taking me this far. I am now at page 250 and do not see myself finishing this book. If Lethem's goal was for me to hate and wish violent endings on all of the characters and the city, he has succeeded. If someone can convince me that this book gets better, I will hang in there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Willeo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago