Josh Berk's Reviews > The Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Jul 01, 2008

it was amazing

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The Fortress of Solitude.
Sign In »

Comments (showing 1-3 of 3) (3 new)

dateDown arrow    newest »

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.

back to top