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Open City by Teju Cole
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Oct 24, 11

Read in October, 2011

I had read the reviews of this book warning that it has no plot and it's essentially an intellectual stream-of-consciousness head trip, so I knew what to expect. And I was eager for it, and it turned out to be exactly that. An intellectual wanders through New York City, sharing his innermost (and I thought, frequently fascinating) thoughts. If you know what to expect and like that sort of thing, you'll probably enjoy it, too--but if you must have plot, skip it!

I thought it was great, though--it's really nice that books like this still exist in the current world of book blockbusters and a market that's generally crowded with books that more resemble fast-paced action movies. This book really makes you think, although some of it's going to be hit-and-miss, of course. This is a person who truly inhabits his own mind and spends every day not obsessed with the millions of ordinary day-to-day trivial concerns (like most of us are, including me), but rather thinking deeply about the human condition.

I also must say it was one of the weirdest endings I've ever read. It sort of felt like it just stopped mid-thought. Not that I'm complaining (it seemed hard to imagine how a book like this could really "end," considering there's no plot at all) but it was just interesting.
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David Yeah, definitely glad to see I'm not alone with my thoughts on the ending. He's a great writer though; I'm excited to see what he does next.


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