THE FORTRESS. OF SOLITUDE. By Jonathan Lethem. pp. New York: Doubleday. $ The neighborhood now known as Boerum Hill is a. If there still remains any doubt, this novel confirms Lethem’s status as the poet of Brooklyn and of motherless boys. Projected through the prism of race relations. A New York Times Book Review EDITORS’ CHOICE. From the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Motherless Brooklyn, comes the vividly told.

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Dean Street held the most meaning to Dylan as the last memory of his mother, the place where he first met Mingus, his shelter from the racial tensions of Brooklyn, and, in general, the street where he spent his entire childhood. Being pulled out of it at the end of that section is sort of a rupture. Nov 10, Arnie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Comics, music, school life, everything. There are also passing references to the capture of David Berkowitzthe legitimacy of the Yankees ‘ World Series victory, and sloitude importance of Devo.

His relationship with Dylan is strained. A Visit from fortresss Good Sqad W.

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

or This novel, demonstrating the author’s rare ability to combine the fanciful and tragic in a single epic work, stands out as one of the finer literary achievements of recent years. View Full Version of PW. The playful subplot of this novel is a magical ring that enables its wearer to become a superhero.


It sounds hideously stupid. Dylan seems to have experienced the whole range of early 80s pop culture: Dylan Ebdus – Protagonist, the son of Rachel and Abraham, an artist father and a Brooklyn native mother.

How have these absences affected him? Doily through a meaningful narrative is a tremendous challenge.

Lost exit from Brooklyn

In short, don’t be fooled by the comic book trappings here — The Fortress of Solitude is not a work of escape literature. The Secret History Michael Ondaatje: This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat Though the novel leaves the theme of gentrification as Lethem follows Dylan’s childhood, it is revisited at fortres end of Part 3, when Dylan returns to Dean Street to find it almost foreign.

Robert takes a leap towards freedom and crashes to his death.

However, Robert’s attempt at a flight escape ends in his demise. If Lethem or his main character, Dylan Ebdus, who’s hard do distinguish from Lethem himself stopped for one moment to look at his unique story critically instead of putting it on a pedestal or using it to defend himself from reality, the book would be ten times better.


Robert ends up in prison with Mingus. Books of the Week. In order to support himself and Dylan, he turns to painting garish science fiction book covers, a field in which he eventually becomes prominent. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed.

Some of the Goodreads comments excoriating him–one even classes him with Updike, who, whatever his faults via-a-visit his female characters, had one of the great styles of the 20th-century, as an example of genuinely awful writing–leave me puzzled. In the novel, the Fortress of Solitude acts as a direct metaphor for Dean Street, Dylan’s childhood neighborhood. Anche la succitata spaldeen non faceva parte del mio immaginario collettivo, ad esempio Fortress has been sitting on my shelf for over a year.


Why does he take such risks to rescue Mingus? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want lethme read.

Projected through the prism of race relations, black music and pop art, Lethem’s stunning, disturbing and authoritatively observed narrative covers three decades of turbulent events on Dean Street, Brooklyn.

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Cocaine is a central object fortrsss the book, almost becoming a character with its own actions and personalities. I grudgingly give Lethem credit for trying to write the “Great American Novel,” but it comes off short and ends up being overtly pretentious. He has a hard time adjusting to the neighborhood until he meets Mingus Rude.

Only it would be better, because it’s not for kids. Part one of the story is told in the third person.

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