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The City and the City by China MievilleYet this same book was honored with the Hugo as best science fiction novel of the year. And readers might be equally justified in describing this story as an extravagant exercise in fantasy literature. On the other hand, a close reading of this strange novel shows that every episode described in its pages can be interpreted in strictly realistic terms, with no need to posit a single invention, technology or creature not pos- sible within the limits of today's scientific know-how. Such is the richness of this genre-bending novel, that no classification is definitive, and any pigeonhole where you find it tells you less about the work itself and more about the person who placed it there. Yet a simple conceit underscores this complexity.
“The City and the City:” two worlds, divided by taboos
The local buildings are taller. If literary symbolism is your thing, this would be a fun one to share and ponder with a like-minded friend or two I don??. Each world in fact helps to make the other visible. I'm relieved and impressed.Tthe only the last ditch: it's everyone in the cities who does most of the work. It's written from the perspective of the main character - and he is not explaining himself bkok the reader. I am lucky to be reading him now, the way little boys were lucky to see Wayne Gretzky play hockey live. And this book made me think about how lonely and debilitating it can be to have even the most illogical of beliefs dissolved away.
The result is a stunning piece of artistry that has both all the satisfactions of a good mystery and all the delight and wonder of the best fantasy. I really tried to like this - I really did. Reading one enhances enjoyment of the other. Read it Forward Read it first.
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I tried re-reading sentences several times, and even reading aloud. However, The City and the City does what Golden Age SF did: it takes a "what if…" and riffs on it cityy far as the author can logically take it. It starts with betrayal and long-dormant wounds rising up to fester. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.