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The City & the City by China Miéville
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Dec 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, read-in-2009, fantasy

I enjoyed this book, although it was not as mind-bending as Perdido Street Station. It's much smaller in scope and in the complexity of the ideas explored.
I've been reading quite a few mystery novels lately (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Anne Perry's Charlotte and William Pitt novels) so this one blended in with the rest of my reading.
I liked the way the two cities were juxtaposed - it created a situation that reminded me in some ways of the North Korea/South Korea divide. It also made me think of hidden cultures within modern cities - and how much of what you see in any interactions is the facade.
The idea of unseeing and unhearing is interesting as well. I would say that in urban and suburban areas that happens in our culture, without the formal divide between the cities in the novel.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was relatively short and quick to read. I was not challenged by the vocabulary as I was in Perdido Street Station. I was a bit disappointed in the ending. Without going into details, I felt like there was a bit of bait and switch going on...I was expecting more complexity in the resolution. To me, it felt somewhat mundane.
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