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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Motherless Brooklyn: Jonathan Lethem

Amazing,... well It was at least very interesting, and well worth the read. I may have disagreed with how the author tied up a few things near the end, but overall it was written very well. (unlike my posts)

Short story. Tourettic (sp, is that a word?) thuggish detective. sets out to discover who has murdered his boss. Virtually no one wants him to pursue this course of action, but just try and stop him from doing anything. (it's a compulsion thing) There is some romance in the book, but sudden outbursts always seem to destroy and sense of calm that ahs been achieved.

I think Lethem could even take the character he has created here and start a new series of detective novels, like Ian Rankin's series.



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  • Interesting idea, that the book is good enough to start a series. Lethem might take it wrong, tho -- something about the stigma of "genre fiction" compared to literary fiction?

    By Anna, at 10:25 AM  

  • What I liked most about this book (in addition to the story itself was how it made me keep twisting words in my head the whole time while reading it. Favorite scenes -- Lionel trying desperately to pronouce Prince's glyph and his Bailey prank calls. I agree the ending was a little ... rushed, almost. But still, I adored this book in a way that I haven't with every other Lethem story I've tried to read.

    By evt1618, at 11:28 AM  

  • Truly my favorite Lethtem to date. I almost thought Essrog was going to actually try and communicate in his last prank call.. oh well ;)

    I really (enjoyedthat's harsh Dude) the way he crushed the potential relationship with that Zen girl.

    Call me one more time and that's it.....err compulsions.. must call...

    The 4 sandwich compulsion was also truly brilliant. If I eat the same things then i may gain an understanding of the true motives.

    By Jason, at 1:24 PM  

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