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You Don't Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
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Apr 17, 09

bookshelves: 2009, popular-culture
Read in April, 2009

I was reading two Jonathan Lethem books at the same time. I accidentally found You Don't Love Me Yet at the library after I purchased Girl in Landscape! I assumed it would do no harm if I read both at the same time. It was a very jarring experience. Reading them one right after the other, it felt like I was reading something by two completely different authors. Girl in Landscape falls under the science-fiction category but with a Western slant to it reminiscent of the movie "The Searchers." You Don't Love Me Yet is a quirky, hipster-ish story about Lucinda, a girl that plays in a band and works at a "Complaint Line."

The beginning of the book, I thought, did this very well. It had the weird movie-buff guitar player (named Bedwin, no less), the really skinny singer who was on-and-off with the bass player and there was a drummer, of course, who worked at a porn shop. The beginning of the book was the perfect set up to what I imagined would be a poking-fun-at-itself novel that criticized this culture and the absurdities associated with it. Instead, it took itself seriously. And broke my heart. Instead of criticizing this lost-in-California, sexually-promiscuous scenester culture, it played right into it. There were no insights. Unless you count "you can' t be deep without a surface," and I really don't.

I don't think that You Don't Love Me Yet was the correct novel to read as an introduction to Jonathan Lethem. Girl in Landscape is amazing, as far as I've read. I've heard the unending praises of both Motherless Brooklyn and Fortresss of Solitude. I would really recommend Lethem, just not You Don't Love Me Yet.

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