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The Fortress of Solitude (original 2003; edition 2004)
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375724885, Paperback)The Fortress of Solitude is the story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. It’s a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball. In that world, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. As Lethem follows the knitting and unraveling of their friendship, he creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory. The Fortress of Solitude is the first great urban coming of age novel to appear in years.
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"This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus in black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black and Latino despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."" "This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the most simple human decisions - which music to listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money - are laden with potential political, social, and racial disaster. This is the story of 1990s America, when no one cared anymore." "This is the story of punk, that easy white rebellion, and crack, that monstrous plague. This is the story of the loneliness of the avant-garde artist and the exuberance of the graffiti artist. This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic-book heroes actually had superpowers: they would screw up their lives." "This is the story of joyous afternoons of stickball and dreaded years of schoolyard extortion. This is the story of belonging to a society that doesn't accept you. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption."--BOOK JACKET.
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