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Chronic City (Vintage Contemporaries)


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ISBN13: 9780307277527
ISBN10: 0307277526
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Anthony Childs, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Anthony Childs)
Having read most of Lethem's fiction & non-fiction publications, this book still surprised me in scope, depth, absurdity, humor, intricacy of plot and sub-plots, and most of all, the subtle wallop of the conclusion. I'm not trying to toy with words like it may sound. Even if you think on some level you are relating to the main character throughout the story (adventure, more like), the way the conclusion unravels you (may) discover just how outside-looking-in you've been, which in my mind brilliantly puts you firmly in touch with the main character. I might be pressed to further reiterate that no matter how bold Lethem's writing may often be, it still remains subtle almost beggaring belief.
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Serina, February 22, 2011 (view all comments by Serina)
Great writing about a bizarre, slightly skewed alternate Manhattan. The main characters are obsessive urbanites who are a bit self absorbed - but also strangely sympathetic. There is some very funny word play in the mix of pop culture from the real world and the alternate - "gnuppets" for muppets, "Obstinate Dust" for Infinite Jest. The writing is very distilled - each word seems considered with extra words dropped. But at the same time, the language is rich - he has a genius for using a surprising word that nails a description, thought or emotion.
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keith rossman, January 4, 2011 (view all comments by keith rossman)
Excellent book. Think Phillip K. Dick, but more approachable, and in many ways, more pleasingly written.
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scavemyster, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by scavemyster)
My favorite author just gets better.
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arri2b, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by arri2b)
Great read!
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Lethem, Jonathan
Vintage Books USA
Lethem, Jonathan
Literature-A to Z
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Vintage Contemporaries
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8 x 5.1 x 0.95 in 7.75 lb

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Product details 480 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780307277527 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed author of "Motherless Brooklyn" and "The Fortress of Solitude" returns with a roar with this gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies. Like Manhattan itself, Lethem's masterpiece is beautiful and tawdry, tragic and forgiving, devastating and antic, a stand-in for the whole world and a place utterly unique.
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling and beloved author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude delivers a searing love letter to the city that has inspired his finest work.


Chase Insteadman, former child television star, has a new role in life—permanent guest on the Upper East Side dinner party circuit, where he is consigned to talk about his astronaut fiancée, Janice Trumbull, who is trapped on a circling Space Station. A chance encounter collides Chase with Perkus Tooth, a wily pop culture guru with a vicious conspiratorial streak and the best marijuana in town. Despite their disparate backgrounds and trajectories Chase and Perkus discover they have a lot in common, including a cast of friends from all walks of life in Manhattan.  Together and separately they attempt to define the indefinable, and enter into a quest for the most elusive of things: truth and authenticity in a city where everything has a price. 

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