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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Thirty-six cities. Thirty-six stories of obsession. From ancient Thebes to present day Berlin, these little portraits of humans superimposed on their suburban environment are corroding treats thrown together in a past-modern beaker, landmark tales of love in the metropolis. A round-the-world tour of craving and decadence. Reviews: "Off beat, compelling, intricate: an urban ...more
Paperback, 1st, 102 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Better Non Sequitur
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Douglas Thompson
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It starts with the cover, and continues with the odd use of language throughout this book: the uncanny impression that you’re holding a dog-eared penguin classic in your hands, something published thirty years ago and on all the high school essential reading lists, rather than a brand new release from an independent press from a relatively unknown author.

And if any of that reads like an insult at first, let me assure you straight away that it is meant as quite the opposite. My theory for some ti
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The stories contained in this collection of Mr. Connell's are pure fucking Decadence. His explorations of paraphilia are supremely artistic, rivaling the most twisted works of J.G. Ballard and Octave Mirbeau.

This book deserves a place on the shelf of every psychologist and enthusiast of experimental literature.
I began reading Thomas Bernhard's collection "The Voice Imitator" right on the heels of this collection by Brendan Connell and can say that I found them to be complementary due to more than just the brief breadth of the stories contained therein.
These are collections by masters of their art and though similar in form--that being the ultra-short to very short story--achieve amazing results with so little. No post-modernist "false cliffhangers" or masterbatory literary exercises are to be found a
Kasa Cotugno
What these erotically charged little stories have in common is that each is set in a different city, and each features an fetishistic obsession. Uneven at times, but great fun to read and another example of Connell's imaginative writing.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Metrophilias is an interesting and challenging short story collection, because the stories are short (1-4 pages per story). The events take place in different cities around the world. Each story is named after a city.

Categorizing Metrophilias is a bit difficult, because it defies categorization, but in my opinion it contains elements of speculative fiction. I think that this collection can be categorized as modern weird fiction. Brendan Connell's stories are almost like weird fairy tales for adu
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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As disturbing as it may be, the darkness of Metrophilias is both erotic and sexy. It twisted my emotions and has left a mark. This is my second time reading this set of shorts. The book is incredible in it's deliciously dark way and nothing I've read compares.
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Love, addiction, infatuation, desire and obsession are indiscriminate.

Metrophilias is a candid, sometimes disturbing, often intriguing glimpse into the human psyche.

I didn't know what to expect going into this book. And when I started reading the first "chapter" I was more confused than ever, wondering if all of these stories would tie in together, if there was a common theme amongst the cities and people, if there was even a plot at all. But once I read the second chapter I realized that the
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying this book is the most bold I've read in a while. I liked that, I really did. It deals with a part of the human psyche that is very dark and taboo. While short, the story is in no way a "light read". The stories are short, yet compelling and well told.

This book is not for everyone. Don't get me wrong, everyone can try it. But some of the stories made me cringe or flinch at some point. Not all, just some. The stories don't linger too much on unnecessary details, which is ve
Colleen Wanglund
Nov 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Thirty-six very short stories through thirty-six different cities. Brendan Connell has written a selection of shorts dealing with some very strange obsessions, loves, and sexual arousal.
In Jerusalem a carpenter spies a woman without limbs and has found in her his true love. In Edinburgh a man’s life ends tragically over his obsession with the letter W and in Barcelona a man gives up everything he has, including his fiancé for the love and arousal that only absinthe can provide. There are crim
This may not be a book for everyone but I would enthusiastically recommend it to the more adventurous readers out there. It's at times exciting and disturbing. It's strange. It pulses. Brendan Connell jumps from city to city shining a bright light in the dark corners of human obsession. Connell playfully shifts between prose and poetry with ease. Thirty-six cities in all. Here's a taste of New York:

"A maggot heap millions strong a beast of glass and steel black pollutants puss. Taxis buzz bees o
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I got this book through First Reads, and I was intrigued from the second I unwrapped it. It sat on my shelf for a while, and I finally decided to crack it open one day. Inside are stories, each a few pages long, of various love affairs in various cities. But these are not the usual type of love; instead, they deal with fetishes, unusual love not understood by outsiders. It was an interesting concept to tackle, but not always easy to follow. Some sentences are just jumbles of words that, although ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I like the premise for the book, I just wish it had been executed better. Sometimes the descriptive language is alright, but then it feels like its trying too hard and things turn into a jumbled mess of word association games. I liked that each piece was really short, because when something rubbed me the wrong way, it was over in two more sentences anyway. Might just not be the book for me, because not a quarter of the way in, I was starting the next chapter with the mindset of "Well, what's goi ...more
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
The points on the cover are the matrix of geographical points in the book. The cities in the book are the points of the stories in the people. The people in the places in these stories are the groups of people who inhabit our cities. These stories in this collection are connected by the points on this map. The cover of this book is the mapping of the points of the stories. The stories are the point...[read the rest of this review in The Southeast Review: ...more
Boston Book Bums
Sep 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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Metrophilias is a whirlwind of a book. The prose is so fast-paced and lyrical that at times it is poetic. It is reminiscent of a carnival tilt-a-whirl, the story spins your head and before you know what happened the ride is over. It is not for everyone but you are someone who occasionally likes to fly by the seat our your pants, this may be for you.
Becky Condit
This book was simply over my head. The fault lies with the reader, not the author. I was unable to understand the complicated phrasing. I choose not to rate it, feeling unqualified to properly review it. I notice other reviewers thoroughly enjoyed it and refer you to those reviews for a better understanding of the author's POV.
Douglas Penick
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Balzac notoriously maintained that at the source of every great fortune there is a great crime. Here we have the outgrowth of a parallel intuition: at the heart of every great city is one hidden erotic obsession. Brilliant, daring, relentless and supple, METROPHILIAS presents a kaleidoscope of all consuming desires, each specific specific to a famous city. There is nothing like it.
Sarah (blissbubbley)
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book as thirty six small chapters each about a different city and people looked destined to confuse me. So I broke it down into separate chapters as this is not a novel. It's all about how you think before you read (I think!).

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Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A very unusual, very good book.
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Elegant and odd --- definitely one of the more interesting books I've read. Full review here:
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