One the irrepressibly inventive Jonathan Lethem could weld science fiction and the Western into a mesmerizing novel of exploration and otherness, sexual awakening and loss. At the age of 13 Pella Marsh loses her mother and her home on the scorched husk that is planet Earth. Her sorrowing family emigrates to the Planet of the Archbuilders, whose mysterious inhabitants have names like Lonely Dumptruck and Hiding Kneel—and a civilization that and frightens their human visitors. On this new world, spikily independent Pella becomes as uneasy envoy between two species. And at the same time is unwilling drawn to a violent loner who embodies all the paranoid machismo of the frontier ethic. Combining the tragic grandeur of John Ford's The Searchers and the sexual tension of Lolita and transporting them to a planet light years, Girl in Landscape is a tour de force.
Jonathan Lethem was born in New York and attended Bennington College. He is the author of the novels Gun, with Occasional Music; Amnesia Moon; and As She Climbed Across the Table; as well as a collection of short stories, The Wall of the Sky the Wall of the Eye. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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amandrake on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
The genre-bending Lethem's science-fiction/western novel. Somewhat confused, but redeemed by some very cool ideas and good writing.
SatansParakeet on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
Sumptuously descriptive, but ultimately confounding. The text is a little flowery for my taste although it does a pretty good job of drawing the reader into the story. The major downfall is that the ending makes no sense to me whatsoever. Pella's final actions and statements seem totally unfitted to the rest of her character throughout the book. The sudden change in personality of several of the major characters at the end of the book are shocking (and probably supposed to be so), but the changes also just didn't seem to fit the rest of the story.
LastCall on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
OK book. I get it, a retelling of John Waynes the Searcers in space stripping the cliches of the western away. But why wouldnt I just watch the far superior movie?
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