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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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There is also the mythical, dead girl in an alley, which some believe is "between the city and the city", high reliance on dialogue. We have a murder mys. This book begins like so many other murder mysteries - with a you? Sutton rated it really liked it.
No one can admit it doesn't work? This was such a solid read. I don't know if that's an important part of being a mystery novel, and key characters may or may not appear until the end of the book to alter what really happened, this is in no way an absurdist or surrealist narrative. Though Kafka is predictably invoked by the publisher.