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Chronic City: Roman de Jonathan Lethem
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Chronic City: Roman (2009 original; edició 2011)

de Jonathan Lethem (Autor), Johann Ch Maass (Übersetzer), Michael Zöllner (Übersetzer)

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Chase Insteadman, a handsome, inoffensive fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star. Capitalizing on the rapturous and heartbreaking love letters he receives from his teenage sweetheart and fiancee, he lives a life of cloistered ease, that is until a pop critic with a conspiratorial countercultural savvy and a voracious paranoia force him to confront the answers to several mysteries tightly intertwined within the tragic fabric of the city itself.… (més)
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Títol:Chronic City: Roman
Autors:Jonathan Lethem (Autor)
Altres autors:Johann Ch Maass (Übersetzer), Michael Zöllner (Übersetzer)
Informació:Tropen-Verlag Label von Klett-Cotta (2011), Ausgabe: 1, 491 Seiten
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Chronic City de Jonathan Lethem (2009)

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Weird and fun and smart and sort of tidy but not *that* tidy. My sort of navel-gazing. Might read this one again some day and will certainly look into more by Lethem. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I quite like this book, but understand that it's not for everyone. The main character is a bit flaky and his best friend kind of a grouch, but there's a ton of NYC references which is fun if you live there. I also enjoyed the chauldron hunt, but the book probably could have been a bit shorter. ( )
  oonalazlo | Aug 18, 2020 |
I rated this book 4 stars at first but changed it to 5. I kept thinking back on it and deciding I wouldn't have wanted Lethem to change much, if anything, about it. It was the best imitation of Philip K. Dick I've ever read - high praise in my opinion. Along with As She Climbed Across the Table the skewed lens through which we view the microcosm he presents is endlessly fascinating. The characters are ridiculous, but that's what makes them entertaining. At first it can seem like a jumble of ideas, bandied about left and right, but by the end they resonate together, harmonize and condense.

I have one nitpick though. The set-up for Julio Cortazar's Final Exam felt too similar. You have these snooty people wandering around the city, it's enveloped in fog, and there is even a mention of an escaped wildcat. I recommend reading Cortazar's book if you liked this one. ( )
1 vota LSPopovich | Apr 8, 2020 |
Did not finish. I was a third of the way through the book and didn't care what happened to the main character, the supporting characters, any of the characters yet to come, or the tiger. My thought? Why would I continue to read this book and waste precious life minutes when I could be reading something I like? So I put it down. There was quirkiness, which generally I find to be amusing, but wasn't enough to lift this book out of a feeling of malaise. ( )
  carliwi | Sep 23, 2019 |
Perkus Tooth has got to be one of the great characters in American lit. I first met Perkus in Lethem's terrific (and free online!) New Yorker short story 'Eva's Apartment', which turns out to be a tiny chunk taken right from the book. Chronic City is definitely not a book you read for plot (although it's not like it doesn't have one) but it's the characters, the riffs, the fabulous writing and his slightly surreal New York City that are so amazing. ( )
1 vota badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
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Lethem is able to summon all his PK Dick chops, to channel the media-nuts who circulate in literary scenes, to ask important, hard-to-articulate and impossible-to-answer questions about what is genuine, what is artifice, and when it matters.
afegit per lampbane | editaBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Dec 4, 2009)
 
“The Fortress of Solitude” was a great novel, but also a chaotic sprawl — it addressed gentrification and race relations and comic books and disco and the prison system and more, on and endlessly on. “Chronic City” is more contained, less greedy in its grasp, and it is even better. It limits itself to a single big theme — but then, it’s the biggest there is: the pursuit of truth.
 
Will Chase be forced to choose between Janice and Oona? Is the tiger rampaging through the city streets a real one or a mechanical contraption that’s part of a government plot? For that matter, are Chase, Oona and all the others playing out roles in a bigger performance-art-like game? Or maybe they’re really avatars in a variation on that old city-building simulation game, SimCity?

In the end the reader simply doesn’t care: these creatures inhabit neither a real flesh-and-blood Manhattan nor a persuasive fictional realm, and they’re so clearly plasticky puppets moved hither and thither by Mr. Lethem’s random whims that it’s of no concern to us what happens to them in this lame and unsatisfying novel.
 
[Lethem's] sprawling new novel, “Chronic City,” is not simply uneven. It’s a major disappointment hobbled by a lack of the basics — plot, character development, motive, structure.
 
The novel functions much like Manhattan used to — a mad scramble of connections made and, more often, missed.
afegit per Shortride | editaEsquire, Benjamin Alsup (Sep 30, 2009)
 

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Deakins, MarkNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Rosenbloom, MiriamDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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So, was this how it happened? When you finally penetrated the highest chambers of power and gazed into corruption's face, was it neither beautiful nor terrifying, but merely -- Claire Carter's? Apparently so.
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Chase Insteadman, a handsome, inoffensive fixture on Manhattan's social scene, lives off residuals earned as a child star. Capitalizing on the rapturous and heartbreaking love letters he receives from his teenage sweetheart and fiancee, he lives a life of cloistered ease, that is until a pop critic with a conspiratorial countercultural savvy and a voracious paranoia force him to confront the answers to several mysteries tightly intertwined within the tragic fabric of the city itself.

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