Edan's Reviews > Motherless Brooklyn
Jul 19, 2007
I don't like this book as much as everyone else does. This is a point of insecurity for me. I also don't care for Haruki Murakami's work (but, okay okay, I haven't read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles--but when I do, and if I still don't like his work after that, can people stop discounting my opinion as uneducated/unfounded?)--and I feel alone on this too. I liked Fortress of Solitude better than Motherless Brooklyn, mostly for its ambition and strangeness, though the prose struck me as a DeLillo knock-off. And I was willing to take another go with Lethem, but then his new novel came out, You Don't Love Me Yet, and I was disgusted: Mr. Brooklyn, stay out of Los Angeles! I can't believe someone who focused so heavily on the issue of gentrification in his last novel would write such a light novel about hipsters living in Silverlake--does he know anything about that neighborhood and its history? In all fairness, I haven't read You Don't Love Me Yet, but, believe me, I am much more likely to read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles--at least that's a bonafide modern classic.
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July 19, 2007 – Shelved