THE FORTRESS. OF SOLITUDE. By Jonathan Lethem. pp. New York: Doubleday. $ The neighborhood now known as Boerum Hill is a. If there still remains any doubt, this novel confirms Lethem’s status as the poet of Brooklyn and of motherless boys. Projected through the prism of race relations. A New York Times Book Review EDITORS’ CHOICE. From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, comes the vividly told.

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The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem – Reading Guide – : Books

They live in Brooklyn and are friends and neighbours; but since Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. To Dylan’s surprise, Arthur has remained in Boerum Hill and, instead of fighting the gentrification, catalyzed it by opening several chic shops and bistros.

How are Hollywood and private school education depicted in the novel? His love of Brooklyn suffuses every paragraph; his understanding of the dynamics of inner-city life is equally sharp whether he is describing a game of handball, a routine mugging or a shoplifting jaunt. I mean, how else to explain these people’s baffling love for this unmitigated piece of garbage, which much like Augusten Burroughs presents a ridiculously overwritten, pop-culture-laced memoir of s Gen-X childhood, featuring excruciatingly precious slang-filled magic-realism dialogue and with insanely too much gravitas assigned to such plotless meanderings as kids watching bad television and eavesdropping on their intellectual parents’ insultingly banal conversations?

The Fortress of Solitude

I’ve heard that muggings were an epidemic in New York City for a long time so I have to believe him, to a degree, and hope he isn’t exaggerating to heighten the effect of the character’s predicament, even though Dylan, the Lethem character’s luck is extremely bad. There are also passing references to the capture solitudd David Berkowitzthe legitimacy of the Yankees ‘ World Series victory, and the importance of Devo.


I am pretty sure books are supposed to be fun. View all 12 comments. My god, I hate the way they write. Some of the Goodreads comments excoriating him–one even classes him with Updike, who, whatever his faults via-a-visit his female characters, had one of the great styles of the 20th-century, as an example of genuinely awful writing–leave me puzzled. The theme recurs throughout the book and is always a disruptive reminder of what a mistake this element or device is.

And that’s when I started hearing from all of Lethem’s fans, telling me that I should give this grad-student panty-moistener another chance, lehem I solitde simply picked the wrong book of his to start out with.

Even though the story finishes fantastical and strong with one of the rare successful surrealistic uses of what could be superhero powersthe drop from the peak set by the first part of the book leaves the reader in too low of a valley to ignore. E D-man rimane nelle mani del padre, artista serio ma – essendo artista – svagato che lo accompagna molto marginalmente nella sua crescita.

Views Read Edit View history. May 01, Farren rated it liked it. A fantastic coming-of-age tale set in mid-to-late s Brooklyn.

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The novel is well on its way before Lethem introduces the magical ring that allows his protagonists to fly through the air, and use their new-found powers for good. A massively ambitious, profoundly accomplished novel. What does Dylan mean when he says: You’ll like that one!


After Rachel abandons the family, he becomes more introverted, shutting himself in the attic to paint cels of his animated film, a masterpiece that will never be complete. Read it Forward Read it first. Apr 07, Andrew added it Shelves: Jun 29, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: This is also the story of s America, when nobody cared anymore.

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The Fortress of Solitude Reader’s Guide

Le descrizioni sono precise, dettagliatissime, ripetute. Music is another theme.

Despite or maybe because of all soliture these problems, I still liked the book. What does The Fortress of Solitude reveal about the dynamics of childhood friendships? Lists with This Book.

Dick, while in his short story collection Men and Cartoons he somehow managed to create a variant of magical realism — imagine a Gabriel Garcia Marquez who grew up in Brooklyn reading about superheroes — by mixing stark confessional literature lethej the trappings of comic books.

In interviews, Jonathan Lethem has described the novel as structured like a musical boxed set. In what ways does he live inside a fortress? Throughout the novel, Lethem seems to group people into distinct cultures by the music they listen to. o

How has the neighborhood changed when Dylan returns solitkde the end of the novel? Sep 26, Jessica rated it really liked it Recommends it for: