The Fortress of Solitude

The Fortress of Solitude

A Novel

Book - 2004
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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 : Vintage Books, 2004
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 9780375724886
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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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.

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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