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The Fortress of Solitude

A Novel

Lethem, Jonathan

(Book - 2004)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Fortress of Solitude
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2004
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 9780375724886
0375724885
Branch Call Number: FICTION LETHEM 2004
Characteristics: 509 p. ;,21 cm

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Two friends growing up in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. Their lives are very different, but a shared love of graffiti, music, and comics bring them together in unimaginable ways.

Two friends, both motherless, one white and one black, have a fluctuating friendship amongst a background of " race and class, superheros, gentrification, funk, hip-hop, graffiti tagging, loyalty, and memory."


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Apr 27, 2014
  • ASkurdal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A slow start, yes, but worth the read.

Aug 14, 2012
  • kellibaker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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!

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

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