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The City & the City by China Miéville
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Jan 22, 2012

it was amazing
Read on January 01, 2011

I just finished the book The City & The City by China Miéville and wanted to pass on a whole-hearted recommendation. At its heart City is a classic gumshoe murder mystery, but it is ensconced in a wonderfully surreal setting. The story takes place in a fictional Eastern European city which has a twin city that shares the same geographical location.

City kept me off kilter throughout with its quick immersion and I found myself frantically flipping pages as I tried to understand the two cities. Miéville is known for writing “weird fiction” which originally turned me away as it sounds pretentious, this novel is challenging and starts out confusing – but remains grounded and deft in its storytelling.

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