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Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem

Motherless Brooklyn

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780571226320
Number Of Pages: 320

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Lionel Essrog, a.k.a. the Human Freakshow, is a victim of Tourette's syndrome (an uncontrollable urge to shout out nonsense, touch every surface in reach, rearrange objects). Local tough guy Frank Minna hires the adolescent Lionel and three other orphans from St Vincent's Home for Boys and grooms them to become the Minna Men, a fly-by-night detective-agency-cum-limoservice. Then one terrible day Frank is murdered, and Lionel must become a real detective. With crackling dialogue, a dazzling evocation of place, and a plot which mimics Tourette's itself in its freshness and capacity to shock, Motherless Brooklyn is a bravura performance: funny, tense, touching, and extravagant.

Industry Reviews

" The best novel of the year. . . . Utterly original and deeply moving." --"Esquire"
" Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora." --"Newsweek"
" Finding out whodunit is interesting enough, but it's more fun watching Lethem unravel the mysteries of his Tourettic creation. In this case, it takes one trenchant wordsmith to know another." --"Time"
" Immerses us in the mind's dense thicket, a place where words split and twine in an ever-deepening tangle." --"The New York Times Book Review"
" Who but Jonathan Lethem would attempt a half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette's syndrome?...The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity...Jonathan Lethem is a verbal performance artisit...Unexpectedly moving." --"The Boston Globe"
" With one unique and well-imagined character, Jonathan Lethem has turned a genre on its ear. He doesn't just push the envelope, he gives it a swift kick... A tour de force." --"The Denver Post"
" Wonderfully inventive, slightly absurdist... [Motherless Brooklyn] is funny and sly, clever, compelling, and endearing." --"USA Today"
"The best novel of the year. . . . Utterly original and deeply moving." --"Esquire"
"Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora." --"Newsweek"
"Finding out whodunit is interesting enough, but it's more fun watching Lethem unravel the mysteries of his Tourettic creation. In this case, it takes one trenchant wordsmith to know another." --"Time"
"Immerses us in the mind's dense thicket, a place where words split and twine in an ever-deepening tangle." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Who but Jonathan Lethem would attempt a half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette's syndrome?...The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity...Jonathan Lethem is a verbal performance artisit...Unexpectedly moving." --"The Boston Globe"
"With one unique and well-imagined character, Jonathan Lethem has turned a genre on its ear. He doesn't just push th
"The best novel of the year. . . . Utterly original and deeply moving." --"Esquire"
"Philip Marlowe would blush. And tip his fedora." --"Newsweek"
"Finding out whodunit is interesting enough, but it's more fun watching Lethem unravel the mysteries of his Tourettic creation. In this case, it takes one trenchant wordsmith to know another." --"Time"
"Immerses us in the mind's dense thicket, a place where words split and twine in an ever-deepening tangle." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Who but Jonathan Lethem would attempt a half-satirical cross between a literary novel and a hard-boiled crime story narrated by an amateur detective with Tourette's syndrome?...The dialogue crackles with caustic hilarity...Jonathan Lethem is a verbal performance artisit...Unexpectedly moving." --"The Boston Globe"
"With one unique and well-imagined character, Jonathan Lethem has turned a genre on its ear. He doesn't just push the envelope, he gives it a swift kick...d

ISBN: 9780571226320
ISBN-10: 0571226329
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1

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