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The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
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Jul 01, 2008

it was amazing


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message 1: by Jon (new)

Jon When I read this book, I hated it. All the way to the last page, I hated it. I hated it so much that I had to read it three times, just so I could determine why I hated it. It is probably one of the most profound, searching, upsetting, insightful, and moving books that I have ever hated.


Josh Berk That's amaazing that you hated it yet read it three times! I'm not sure I'd do that myself ... I actually ranked it highly mainly b/c of the first part with young Dylan which I loved. Although, yeah, even that part was pretty upsetting to me -- it put me in a weird mood the whole time I was reading it. But I still loved it! I dunno, I'm weird ...

Have you read his other books?


message 3: by Jon (new)

Jon Yeah, it certainly evokes a mood that's difficult to shake. And his depiction of that neighborhood in Brooklyn is dead on. There's no denying the guy's a hell of a writer. But his nihilism made me physically ill. It was almost like he turned Dylan into his own personal sacrificial lamb for public flagellation. And that second half...I mean, give me *something*, right???? I don't need much, but a sliver of hope at least? When I finished it, I threw it on the ground and yelled "Screw you, Lethem!"

I've read of few of his short stories, and I love listening to him in interviews, but I haven't picked up another novel. I probably will at some point. He is incredibly skilled after all, and I'm sure I an learn a lot from him. But I'm in no hurry.


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