The Fortress of Solitude

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Faber & Faber, Limited, 2004 - 582 pages
From the prize-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, a daring, riotous, sweeping novel that spins the tale of two friends and their adventures in late twentieth-century America. This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They live in Brooklyn and are friends and neighbours; but since Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the simplest decisions - what music you listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money - are laden with potential political, social and racial disaster. This is also the story of 1990s America, when nobody cared anymore.

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User Review  - Eoin - LibraryThing

This book was a long way to go for not enough. There are plenty of beautiful and difficult moments well captured, but as a novel the thing just doesn't quite hang together for me. There seems to be an ... Read full review

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User Review  - davidel - LibraryThing

I chose this book because I was considering Lethem’s most recent novel (“A Gambler’s Anatomy”) and one reviewer wrote that if you read one Lethem book, it should be this one. It was great. Semi ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Jonathan Lethem was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 19, 1964. His first novel, Gun, with Occasional Music was published in 1994. His other works include As She Climbed across the Table (1997), Amnesia Moon (1995), The Fortress of Solitude (2003), You Don't Love Me Yet (2007), Chronic City (2009), and Dissident Gardens (2013). He won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Motherless Brooklyn (1999). He also writes short stories, comics and essays. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The New York Times, The Paris Review, McSweeney's and other periodicals and anthologies.

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