The Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude

A Novel

eBook - 2003
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A New York Times Book Review EDITORS' CHOICE.

From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn , comes the vividly told story of Dylan Ebdus growing up white and motherless in downtown Brooklyn in the 1970s. In a neighborhood where the entertainments include muggings along with games of stoopball, Dylan has one friend, a black teenager, also motherless, named Mingus Rude. Through the knitting and unraveling of the boys' friendship, Lethem creates an overwhelmingly rich and emotionally gripping canvas of race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory.

"A tour de force.... Belongs to a venerable New York literary tradition that stretches back through Go Tell It on the Mountain , A Walker in the City , and Call it Sleep ." -- The New York Times Magazine

"One of the richest, messiest, most ambitious, most interesting novels of the year.... Lethem grabs and captures 1970s New York City, and he brings it to a story worth telling." -- Time
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400095346
Characteristics: 511 p. ; 25 cm


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Nov 06, 2018

A master storyteller, Jonathan Lethem's talent shines through a story about friendship, challenge and most importantly, change. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, the most unlikely of friends find commonality that lasts in spite of the difficulties. One black, the other white NY is tough no matter what area, they both lack a mother's touch. The narrative shifts back and forth, as we see them mature, the central character finding his 'beat', while his best friend falls prey to his surroundings. Lethem's phrasing is much like a jazz musician, his choice of words and colloquialisms real. My first exposure to this author, I will likely read others he's written and recommend those who seek great story, characters and compelling word smith-ing, read his work.

Jun 25, 2016

A fairly nostalgic, moderately well written, loosely plotted yarn about kids growing up in Brooklyn when this was a different planet .... set at the moment of change.

michaelhohl Apr 25, 2016

Excellent. I liked this the most of any of Lethem's novels I've read. Highly recommended.

Apr 27, 2014

A slow start, yes, but worth the read.

Aug 14, 2012

This book was painfully slow for me in the beginning. I tried to start it a handful of times, always getting bored and finding something else to read. I eventually made myself get through it since I bought it and felt like I had to get my money's worth. Eventually things picked up and got more interesting. Not my favorite Lethem read, but I did enjoy it!

Jul 19, 2010

Be patient. It starts slow but gets better and better. Well worth reading.

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