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Open City by Teju Cole
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Dec 17, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction
Read from December 17 to 18, 2011

This book is astonishing and impactful. I was drawn right in, feeling all the time that I was walking with Julius, talking with him, and sharing the same space. Yet, I was struck at how unemotional and separate this man is. He is estranged from everything and everyone, but despite his degrees and experience with psychology and medicine, doesn't seem able to grasp this fundamental truth about himself. The book covers a lot of territory - emotions, friendships, racism, aging, letting go, simplicity, independence, fervor, politics, being violated, violating others, foreignness, art, music, rape, loss of family, loneliness, passion, and beauty, among other salient and provocative topics, in an oddly accessible way. This book reminded me a great deal of Camus' "The Stranger" and will likely be with me for some time to come. I have given this book 5 stars for sheer guts, even though at the end I decided I really do not like Julius.

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