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The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

The Fortress of Solitude (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Jonathan Lethem

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Title:The Fortress of Solitude
Authors:Jonathan Lethem
Info:Vintage (2004), Edition: Regular Print/Single Titl, Paperback, 528 pages
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The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)


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I got very bored with this book, and it took me months to read. I liked Lethem's writing about his life at home and in school, but i found the rest uninteresting. i do not know enough about music to be interested in the details he presents, and i did not care for the magic realism. i felt he did not develop most of the characters well. ( )
  suesbooks | Aug 2, 2015 |
Libro non facile, lettura a volte fluida, a volte intimista, a volte così piena di citazioni che solo uno nato a Brooklyn potrebbe capire. Nel complesso, un testo importante e impegnativo. Trama affascinante, che rivela i tanti aspetti caratteriali del dover essere bambini e giovani in un luogo che non ti ama – e nel quale il sentimento è ricambiato. Pochissime note e scene allegre, tante descrizioni di allegria sintetica. Rimane, tra l'altro, un bel libro sui rapporti – a volte inconsistenti, a volte dannosi, sempre difficili - tra padri e figli, nonché sulle dinamiche interne delle tribù urbane giovanili, con sottofondo americano di miseria, razzismi e ingiustizie.
Poi un sacco di musica, fumetti, graffiti. E uno strano superpotere. ( )
  bobparr | Dec 14, 2014 |
Tolgi l'orrore dalle fogne di Derry e inala l'archeologia hip hop. Ripuliamoci pure la bocca, ma dietro i malincochic newyorkesi ci sono clown e mostri bavosi che un tempo stavano alla corte del re.
  lauraparigi | Oct 15, 2014 |
Race And Friendship In America

This the story of Dylan Ebdus, a white kid growing up in then-mostly African-American and Hispanic Brooklyn, and Mingus Rude, a mixed-race (white mom, black dad) kid who is his neighbor and best friend. The author uses their friendship to explore race relations (and a number of other topics) in this genre-blending magic-realist literary superhero novel, and while his intent is serious, I found this to be an engrossing, entertaining, and frequently funny read. If you grew in the 1970s, you will almost certainly be entranced by Lethem's near-photographic recollection of the popular culture of that era, as I was. If not, your mileage may vary, but if my brief review has piqued your interest, then I would say that THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE is at least worth a look. ( )
3 vote artturnerjr | Jul 31, 2014 |
I really, really loved the first 300 pages of this novel. I think that's a common refrain. Lethem manages to capture Brooklyn in the 70s and the way it feels to be a kid. Its as beautiful as the sunsets you remember from being 8 years old. It's a little crazy too - but mostly it's just a terrific, terrific read. Slow burn that builds up and suddenly before you know it you're totally swept away. And then it comes to a crashing, stuttering, 200-page sputter out. The second half of the novel isn't BAD, not really, but it's so disappointing compared to what came before. It's disjoint and messy and doesn't really fit with what came before. Where the first part was harmonically attuned like the most gorgeous chord you've ever heard, this one just sounds like a kid trying to recreate it on a slightly out-of-tune guitar in his garage. It doesn't ruin the novel or anything - but keeps it from perfection, for sure.

More at RB: http://wp.me/pGVzJ-qB ( )
  drewsof | Jul 9, 2013 |
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Like a match struck in a darkened room: Two white girls in flannel nightgowns and red vinyl roller skates with white laces, tracing tentative circles on a cracked blue slate sidewalk at seven o'clock on an evening in July.
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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 book follows the adventures of two friends from a Brooklyn neighborhood, a black boy and a white boy, in late-twentieth-century America.

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