The City

The City

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz is at the peak of his acclaimed powers with this major new novel-- a rich, multi-layered story that moves back and forth across decades and generations as a gifted musician relates the "terrible and wonderful" events that began in his city in 1967, when he was ten. There are millions of stories in the city-- some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk's story is all of those things as he draws readers into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live-- and who will change the course of Jonah's life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780345545947
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: City : a novel


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Koontz offers a coming-of-age story set in New York during the 1960's. Jonah Bledsoe (a boy with seven middle names honoring the great Afro-American greats of Swing) observes his parents rocky, on-again, off-again marriage against a background of music and intrigue.

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Jul 11, 2016

Picked up this book - last time I read a Koontz novel was 2014. This is, I think, similar to his usual writing style - a combination of mysticism, reality and suspense. It was, overall, quite good and would recommend it to Koontz fans.

Oct 15, 2014

Could read this one again! Love the hope & innocence & mystery he gives us once again. In fact Mr. Koontz's last two books have a beautiful spiritual quality to them ~ love it!!!!

Sep 08, 2014

I loved it. Koontz, you've done it again.

Aug 12, 2014

Not his best, but still fairly enjoyable. I was a bit put off by one character's insistence that the boy should respect his father "because he's his father". Huh? The guy was a cheating, selfish criminal and a bad father.

Aug 06, 2014

Same old same old. Koontz and his new agish nonsense are wearing really thin.

fiftyslady Aug 04, 2014

Another hit! I just love that Koontz is writing such positive books, even though many of his characters are so depraved. This book and his last one, Innocence, are both wonderful.

karcoldelharvic5 Aug 02, 2014

not his usual fare. I tried to stick with it, but was so incredibly bored I quit at 70 pages.

Aug 01, 2014

I didn't feel particularly passionate about this book - finished reading it just for the sake of it, not really because I cared all that much what was going to happen. Metaphors and all are fine, but I really found this one a little too supernatural for my liking.

Jul 30, 2014

This book was both interesting and incredibly boring at the same time. It is a "Coming of Age" tale told by his older self. It VERY slow paced and I found myself quite bored. I read another review that stated "There were so many references to musicians, poems, art, or architecture and all things creative that the point of them being mentioned was soon forgotten. It's like we were given Koontz iTunes playlist on shuffle." and I couldn't agree more. This was just not what I expected from Koontz.

walkingeagle Jul 22, 2014

THis was very very very good. A mystery of a very high and sensitive caliber. I loved it.

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Jul 06, 2014

A nine year old boy, Japanese man who had been formerly interned at Manzanar, and music .... all play vital roles in this tale of good vs evil. Excellent character development and story line.


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willington Dec 08, 2016

Embracing truth frees you from false expectations, fruitless pursuits, disappointments, pointless anger, envy, despair.

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