The Metropolis Case
Martin is a forty-year-old lawyer who, despite his success, feels disoriented and disconnected from his life in post-9/11 Manhattan. But even as he comes to terms with the missteps of his pas...more
imposes his personal vision which encompasses Richard Wagner,
AIDS, the Paris Commune and the 9/11 attacks. Within a
compelling sexual labyrinth that weaves through Time with
timeless characters, he explores love & loneliness, desire
& despair, and other-worldly elixirs.
Rustling our imagination are twins separated at birth, lost
parents, a scientist who concocts a potion, a 'sleeping prince'
who awakens to reveal a secret. In sum, car...more
Sorry to take so long getting back to this. I let it sink in, but then procrastinated. I'd also like to disclose that this was a prize in a goodreads giveaway.
I think the universe is trying to tell me something, because a lot of the books and films I've gotten lately have had a similar theme, that there are no coincidences. To paraphrase a character from this book, we shouldn't ask how something could possibly happen, but rather how could it not.
Another thing I found especially poignant was whe...more
Although I was prepared to love this book, I decided to put it down a third of the way through. The story was just starting to capture me, but the characters were pushing me aw...more
Most everyone I know is obsessed with one or two pieces of art or bits of popular culture. That passion can be for Vincent Van Gough or Britney Spears. There may be some snobby people who insist that one fixation is more merit-worthy, more desirable. But in truth, the effects of rapturous obsession is pretty universal whether it’s for comic b...more
In a stunning, vividly imagined debut former musician Matthew Gallaway merges literature and music to take us on a journey between Parisian music halls of the1860's and contemporary New York City. A literate, scrupulously detailed author he relates his story through four people whose lives are bound together by Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. How could this be considering the disparity not only in time but personalities? The artistry of this amazing new author has made it so.
For the new year: "While the vast expanse of the hori...more
It's very difficult for me to describe my feelings both during and after reading this book...i did not dislike it, but for some reason i am just unable to call it a favorite. honestly, i found the whole thing a bit pretentious, something that anyone who knows me would understand is sort of a turn off. there's this sort of snobbery about oper...more
Alright. I think this book has a little magic in it. If I were more musical and less visual, I think I would have appreciated the cadenc...more
The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway is an intelligent, thought-provoking, philosophical novel. At the same time it is very emotionally moving and also accessible to readers.
One of my favorite types of novels are ones that weave together the lives of seemingly seperate characters from different time periods into one cohesive story that comes together in the end in surprising ways.
The Metropolis Case does this very well.
Although Richard Wagner's TRISTAN AND ISOLDE figures prominently in the work, both structurally and thematically, familiarity with the oper...more
Conflicting thoughts about this one. I can forgive the over-the-top deus-ex-machina contrivances, given that the book functions as a sort of literary opera. And not being an opera buff myself, I give the book credit for making me thoroughly intrigued by Tristan & Isolde. I was carried along quickly by the tone, and I was interested in the characters' lives. However, the characters inner, emotional lives are laid out in a series of heavy-handed pronouncements...more
Metropolis' case is an unusual one. He appears in the other characters' lives at moments when his guidance or assistance is needed. He makes appearances in the...more