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You Don't Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem
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May 27, 2007

it was ok

Jonathan Lethem is a great writer and his latest offering is a good book. It's not his best work, but I will freely admit to being stunned by his Motherless Brooklyn and enchanted by Fortress of Solitude. This novel suffers by comparison to those two, but that's grading on a difficult curve.

Though Lethem still exhibits a wonderful attentiveness - his characters can be fascinating while being near one another silently - the subject of this novel aren't as riveting as the Tourette-afflicted detective in Motherless Brooklyn or the larger-than-life Mingus in Fortress of Solitude. As is often the case in life, the band members that comprise the focal point of the novel are most interesting in their performance. Within the confines of a novel, that's problematic.

In fact, one conversation with the novel almost indicts the book. The characters debate what differentiates a great movie from a good one, and the final word goes to the reluctant guitarist, who says great movies give the most screen time to the character that is inherently most intriguing.

The one character who is without question intriguing, if only for the air of mystery in which he moves, interjects himself into the thick of the plot in a way I found farfetched.

Though this is not a great novel, Lethem is a great writer, and thus his lower threshold is still an impressive accomplishment.

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