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Alacrity (Illumine, dN uptown andowntown police and criminals both white collar and otherwise journalists and teachers sex and rugs and rock and roll and on and etc the narrative axis around which the separate stories spiral out is the shooting of a teenage girl in central park on new years eve but although that event oes serve as an anchor it s hardly the main focus this is not a mystery novel it s a sprawling exciting puzzle whose individual stories interlock so tightly that it s impossible to Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, discuss one part without having toiscuss all the parts it s a little bit Infinite Jest a little bit A Visit from the Goon Suad a little bit jonathan Arnhem dee a little bit Underworld a little bit pynchon and oddly enough a little bit A Midsummer Night s Dreamidn t see that one coming Fitness for Living did ya and it s the parts that feel MND y that brought this oneown to a 4 instead of a 5 star basically i loved the book until the blackout itself while i think the blackout is a smart choice with great metaphorical potential and while i acknowledge that the situation necessitates some irrealism it just got a little murky for me in those bits some stories Love Is Blind definitely benefitted from this tonal change particularly mercer s and also keith and regan s but others like jenny s and charlie s just missed the mark for me like Night Film this book has all sorts of ephemera crammed in a zine letters news articles patient records emails but itoesn t come across as gimmicky it is all necessary to tell this sprawling tale this 900 page book that reads smooth as chocolate milk it s a beautiful lonely book about the changing face of a city a city which has been changed several times over since the 70 s it s wonderfully nostalgic reading i ve lived in new york for twenty years and i have seen many changes firsthand but there s still so much that is recognizable in this book espite hallberg s changing of a few namesyou on t have to know anything about new york to love this book or fireworks punk rock posthumanism fiscal concerns or messianic elusions i mean it helps so you can chuckle at things like this Rotten Vicious Hell Thunders like some firm of malign lawyersbut this is a novel about people about the way human beings live and love and screw up it s one of the most impressive ebuts i have ever read even though i m not crazy about the endish bits you be wise to read it since it s all anyone s going to be talking about for the next year or sogot laid off read a giant book although considering this cat got two million ollars for this A Personal Influence debut i m probably approaching this from the wrong sidecome to my blog Boy I wanted to like this bookGarth Risk Hallberg is certainly a writer of exceptional promise and unmistakable ability There are passages in City On Fire that sublimely evoke New York City portraying the Big Apple s magnetism and its monstrous shadow so effectively as to make it feel like you re walking the streets yourself The amount ofetail conjured in these pages is freuently astonishingAnd yet why Why must the writer tell us for example the relative size of an heirloom mattress and what it took to move it into an apartment years before Mr Hallberg Americas First City does not know how much is too much 900 pages is a marvelous length but no matter how artfully the words are assembled on them they still need to convince the reader they are absolutely essential On this account City On Fire fails miserably As a steak the novel is riddled with gristleWould this were the only problem But the novel is structured primarily as a limited omniscient third person account from the perspective of its individual characters Try as he might Mr Hallberg cannot inhabit his characters individually Hisiction is out of control So much so that yes I find the exclamation point necessary It s such a glaring problem I m rather shocked it wasn t addressed further in editing On almost every page he makes specific word choices and Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, digressions ofescription that take the reader out of the story At no time in the book Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women did I believe I was hearing anything other than the novelist s voice and most of the time that novelist was hovering in my ears like arunk mosuitoProbably 20% of this novel is what I call a word salad sophisticated jumbles of vocabulary arranged in a semblance of meaning It all sounds impressive but when you get to thinking about what you ve just to thinking about what you ve just it oesn T HOLD UP MR HALLBERG DOES NOT KNOW WHAT hold up Mr Hallberg oes not know what leave out The effect is to flatter the writer not to envelop or transport the readerAlong similar lines the assertions and summations Mr Hallberg makes of his characters for his characters are freuently less than credible when considered for even a moment As a reader I uickly grow tired of being asked to swallow generalizations wholesale Again these sound significant but amount mostly to clutter not perspective and much less real insightAt times I felt like Mr Hallberg Was Fulfilling Hallberg was fulfilling list of reuirements for an ambitious novel about the 70s Race check Abortion check Punk rock check Redevelopment and gentrification check Then there s the three page chapters chronological hopscotch smattering of extra textual elements this is an exceptionally fussy and mannered book There is never any Alipio doubt as to Mr Hallberg s intelligence there is some uestion as to his ability to make his ambition serve the needs of a truly great book that he may indeed have in himThe final nail in this coffin of exhaustion was for me the all inclusive plot Here we have yet another shaggyog tale culminating in the convergence of characters and the careful parceling out of information at prearranged intervals I Seducing Ingrid Bergman don t know why these kinds of stories are still regarded by some as inherently profound like everything s connected man Does the novelist forget that a narrative comes together by his own hand and that the reader knows and expects this Andoes he think that the end of the book can excuse the rest of it Setting the climax The Guardship (Thomas Marlowe, during a historic notable eventoes not imbue a novel with importanceCome fall hell now already you will see a lot of breathless excitement about City On Fire It certainly has the elements we ve come to expect of a literary blockbuster But like The Art of Fielding which I hasten to add is a MUCH worse book than this one City On Fire is the kind of tome that now makes me suspicious of big advances and lockstep marketing campaigns The power in these coronations lies not with the writer and his prowess but with those bestowing their great favor and let s not forget money upon him City On Fire indeed heralds a great talent but it isn t a great bookBest of luck in your future endeavors Mr Hallberg. Rio americano E em meio a tudo isso um crime ue vai cruzar suas vidas A Secret Place de forma imprevisível e irremediávelCombinando o ritmoe um thriller ao escopo Scandalous (Playing with Fire dos grandes épicosa literatura Garth Risk Hallberg constrói um meticuloso retrato e uma metrópole em transformação Dos altos salões o poder às ruelas Beautiful Breasts Pictures do subúrbio ele captura a explosão social e artística ueefiniu uma To Risks Unknown década e transformou o mundo para sempre Cidade em chamas é um romance inesuecível sobre amor traição e perdão sobre arte e punk rock Sobre pessoas ue precisam umasas outras para sobreviver E sobre o ue faz a vida valer a pe. ,

City on FireThe it book this fall is City on Fire a 911 page When You Look Up debut by an unknown writer named Garth Risk Hallberg Yes Risk is literally his middle name but it s his publisher that s taking a chance here Having reportedly paid nearly 2 million for the manuscript Knopf must be praying that City on Fire is worth its weight in Goldfinch Such irrational exuberance can t buy a spot on the bestseller list but it can guarantee coverage So prepare yourself for what passes for a book publicity juggernaut Over the next few weeks you ll read about this novel everywhere and you ll hear the young author interviewed on NPR and you ll see pyramids of City on Fire at your local bookstore And at some point you ll wonder Should I read this novel or three others Thatecision may hinge on your stamina but City on Fire is an extraordinary performance Radiating youthful bravado that will make older authors sniff with contempt or sweat with envy Hallberg has conjured what he calls the muchness of New York City in the late 1970s He calculates the sum of thousands of variations all jockeying for the same spot Like Tom Wolfe but with less nervous energy and stylistic elegance Hallberg climbs uickly up and The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, down the economic ladder He inhabits the minds of whites and blacks men and women old and young ga To read the rest of this review go to The Washington Posthttpswwwwashingtonpostcomentert I survived City on Fire No matter what else I read in 2016 I feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing thisense sprawling 900 page tomeFor it is Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene dense and sprawling Comparisons to Dickens and Pynchon and David Foster Wallace and hell even Shakespeare are apt The plot is so complicated itefies summary There is a punk group on a mission there is a rich family embroiled in a corruption scandal there is an honest cop close to retirement there are estranged lovers there is a girl who was shot there is an angry father there is a prodigal son and there is a journalist trying to uncover the truth And everything comes to a head Scandal! during the July 1977 blackout in New York CityThis is a novel so crammed with stuff that it took me a while before I started to like it Sure my expectations had been raised because Garth Risk Hallberg had inspired a bidding war for thisebut ending up with a 2 million advance I know it s crazy Also I made the mistake of listening to this on audio which I would not recommend because the print version makes better sense of all the ephemera and found objects including letters and zines and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel diary entriesIn short I would recommend this novel if you like epic stories that make you work a little harder It s a book I will need to reread to fully appreciate Favorite uotesThe reason we can say anything we want in America is that we know it makes noifferenceAnd she learned that you couldn t stockpile anything that mattered really Feelings people songs sex fireworks they existed only in time and when it was over so were theyThe Lonliest Man in the World she said only has room in his heart for one person and if he can t have that person he locks himself away He tells himself no one could possibly love him but really it s that he refuses to love anyone else I can already feel the sting from the glances of side eyed skepticism and even scepticism as I type this that for 600 pages anyway City on Fire the massively hyped crazy uilt pastiche of a Pilgrimage (1920) doorstopper was this close to earning a spot on my imaginary Favorites shelf I was utterly enraptured by Garth Risk Hallberg s swirly sweaty portrait of NYC in the mid to late 70 s Even with the pretentious slathering of the most obscure words of the English language I flew through the pages as if they we City on Fire was marketed as one of the biggest book releases of 2015 Garth Risk Hallberg s 900 pageebut novel sold to the publisher for a whopping 2 million has been likened to Donna Tartt s The Goldfinch and Jennifer Egan s A Visit from the Goon Suad And while I see the similarities I think Hallberg s oesn t uite stack up to either of And while I see the similarities I think Hallberg s oesn t uite stack up to either of novelsLet s Sword at Sunset disregard the fact that yes this book is incredibly well written Hallberg understands language He writes with precision with big ideas and at times even bigger words Not to toot my own horn but I feel like I have a fairly wide vocabulary Hallberg either is a walkingictionary or had one at his side while writing this for there were Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch dozens of occasions in which I had to stop and look up a word and as an avid reader thatoesn t happen too often I appreciated that though when every single character has the author s vocabulary it rew me out of the storyHallberg has a strong hold on the sentence But perhaps too strong I have to agree with another reviewer who said that she couldn t read without being aware of the author s presence While the story was engaging it wasn t absorbing enough to forget that you are indeed reading a story not experiencing it And what the two books I mentioned earlier id for me was Cronache della famiglia Wapshot deliver a book that was than a book they were experiencesI will applaud Hallberg for writing a 944 page novel that rarelyrags With a mix of eclectic and well thought out characters along with a nicely paced and mysterious plot I was always compelled to read on I loved almost every character s perspective And the 3rd person omniscience with the free indirect speech which I am a fan of though others find it plodding and meandering writing reminded me at times of Yanagihara s stellar A Little Life Sadly there are few other comparisons to make between Hallberg s novel and the formerUltimately I found the ending to be Satisfying But In That Way That Left Me Little To but in that way that left me little to on It was all wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end and I was left without anything to rip open and examine further I The Temple of the Golden Pavilion d still recommend this one to those courageous enough to take on this nearly 1000 page novel Perhaps you ll find something within and maybe my own re reading not for a long while though would provideeeper insight I m sure there is much I missed and I will miss these characters and their stories I only wish I was left with less perfection and of the raw gritty reality that is presented elsewhere in the book 35 stars Five reasons for 5 stars1 I had read 177 pages of this physical heavy weight book I own it Then I saw that my library carried this audiobook it was availableso change of plans Instantly I recognized Rebecca Lowman as I can t just can t read this any It is hanging over my head like Damocles sword Have read half but I just don t care enough about any of these characters to continue Yes it is well written but way to t care enough about any of these characters to continue Yes it is well written but way to and just not for me a good fit I Nova York 1976 O sonho hippie acabou e The Secret Life of Birds dos escombros surge uma nova cultura urbana Saem as mensagense paz e amor e as camisetas tingidas entram as guitarras The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering desafinadas os acordes raivosos e os coturnos caindo aos pedaços Por toda a cidade brotam galeriase arte e casas New Penguin Cookery Book de show esfumaçadas É nesse cenário ue Garth Risk Hallberg situa esta obra colossal aclamada pela crítica como umaas grandes estreias literárias Wrong Pong de nosso tempoRegan e William são irmãos e herdeirose uma grande fortuna Ela uma legítima Hamilton Sweeney e eternamente preocupada com o futuro Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate da família vê seu casamentoesmoronar. M so The Contest of the Century darned relieved to beone HOW TO READ THIS BOOKAfter page 350 I The Battle of the Atlantic decided to skip all the passages which bored the bejeesus out of me As there were uite a considerable number of those getting through the next 550 pages became a whole lot easier even occasionally enjoyable Even so I feel like I need someone to come andefibrillate me HOISTED WITH HIS OWN PETARDOn page 617 we read She seemed to like exactly those things he found most irksome about The New York Review of Books its unapologetic boringness its privileged hostility to privilegeThis seems to The Real Dads Army describe perfectly the army of fans this novel has Let me run that by you again She seemed to like exactly those things he found most irksome about City on Fire its unapologetic boringness its privileged hostility to privilegeMan is this book unapologetically boring Fiction is sometimesescribed as life with the boring bits left out But the way to tell if you re reading literary fiction is that they stick all the boring bits back in Still I got no one to blame but myself If I want plot I can reread Gone Girl rightHOW BORING IS BORING For instance the zine A bunch of the characters in the book are anarcho punks that s to say punks with political pretensions and teenage insights on our woeful rat bastard capitalist world Maybe you can remember when you sat around vowing to smash the state and eat the rich If not Mr Hallberg is here to remind you of what you missed all the embarrassing posturing and useless gestures and unpleasant sex So we get the complete reproduced 30 page 1976 punk zine called Land of 1000 Dances and it s as authentically toe curling as they all really were It s kinda cute to see stuck in the middle of a big serious literary thing but still you read the actual words at your peril It s the kind of reading which could make you bulimicA young Shane McGowan and his rad zines 1976A PARAPLEGIC TURTLETom Wolfe s well known novel The Bonfire of the Vanities is not an unfair comparison that one is also vast 700 pages set in New York City panoramic know it all and also has a plot propelled by a single crime And it s a page turner reason being that it s funny Okay perhaps that is an unfair comparison because Garth Hallberg is not funny I purely hope he s not trying to be anyway because there is not the merest trace of the flicker of a wan grin to be had in the entire thing far as I could see So if it s a grown up serious novel then City on Fire has to be very compelling for other reasons but instead it just seeps and sogs and backtracks always backtracks It inches forwards at the speed of a paraplegic turtle and then comes to many lurching Model-Based Systems Engineering with OPM and SysML dead stops as the author inserts 30 or 40 pages of back story about each and every character Mr Hallberg believes that his characters are all infinitely interesting But the 17 year oldopey but bright Charlie Weisbarger or the hipster reporter Richard Groskoph or the overreaching financier Keith Lamplighter are really not that interesting LAH DI DAHMr Hallberg has a smooth and often graceful style but uite often you have to ask yourself huh what was that again He has a trick of presenting a banal idea in a frightfully fancy way Such as For it was only with her that he Pour une branche de gui d ever felt that powerful powerlessness he knew was loveAnd One of his mother s antiuated beliefs involved the curative power of manual labor and though she framed it as a favor he couldo for her he knew she was thinking of it the other way around when she asked him at breakfast to mow the north pasture and Claggart s eyes he is a Medieval Intrigue dog by the way moist and brown and rimmed with amethyst were able to grow to a size that made the rest of him seem pitiably small andefenseless and to project the purest istillate of melancholy a melancholy from which only Jenny could save him he would have claimed had he the power of speechand There was a period just after the inevitability of ruin hove into view and just before it smashed into the hull of your life that was the closest to pure freedom anyone ever gotTHE BLACKOUTAs you may know the climax the enouement the culmination of this novel s infinite elaborations happens uring the New York blackout of July 13 14 1977 This takes the form of several characters looking for a needle in a haystack is the needle there No Is it there then No And then There S A Kind Of Petering Out s a kind of petering out reallyGarth Hallberg has a whole lot of talent for sure Just like Neil Young is a great guitarist And as it happens a track on my ipod popped up earlier Driftin Back It s 27 minutes long Neil Young oodlin away on his guitar Nice stuff and all but ah 27 minutes of one track WHY IS THIS BOOK SO LONG EASYEventually probably like every other exhausted The Lucifer Code defeated would be Garth Hallberg fan I had to realise that rarely had I found myself in the presence of an author uite so much in love with himself His remarkable trick amongst all the New Franzens was to get so many of the great and the good to fall in love with him too I think Garth knows the secrets of Mind Control You shall publish my vast novel Yes O Garth not one word shall we cut 903 pages it isJust look at those back page blurbs I wanted it to go on and on and on well it reallyid that was one of the problems The Pocket Idiots Guide to Wine darling it assures us that we are not alone and that hope is infinite yes you are not alone in hoping that this novel will come to an end soon pleaseear Lord while I was reading I could barely o anything else that s because it sucks all the time right out of your ay along with most of the joy and the innocent pleasure of reading a new novel as opposed to a great leaden beast which presses own upon You Like A Very Succubus like a very succubus from the Evil OneRATINGSmooth patrician style 4 starsVocabulary a recherche 5 starsCharacters 2 STARSPLOT YOU RE KIDDING NO starsPlot you re kidding no with odd handwritten inserts and the famous zine 3 starsFeeling of accomplishment at finishing this beast with okay uite a bit of kangaroo style skipping about but still hell 5 starsOverall 25 Couldn t make it past the prologue Two characters took about 50 pages to move a Christmas tree across the crosswalk I on t care how big the buzz is life is too short for the most part this book was totally worth 2 million Jesus, the Word to Be Spoken dollars and it sefinitely worth the cover price of 3000 but Dead Souls (Inspector Rebus, damn it s hard to review at its most reductive it s a multi viewpoint novel told from the perspective of several characters living in new yorkuring 77 culminating in that summer s blackout it s a panoptic of the ultra wealthy and the suatters the artists and musicians and revolutionaries gay and straight old and young black and white and asia. Em meio às infidelidades Hija de la fortuna do marido Ele a ovelha negra fundadore uma mitológica banda punk artista plástico recluso e figura lendária Absorb: Book One of the Forgotten Affinities Series (English Edition) das artes nova ioruinas Ao redoros Bukti-Bukti Gus Dur Itu Wali dois gira uma constelaçãoe tipos e acasos A jovem fotógrafa ue The Lost Child descobre um influente movimento musical pelas ruasa cidade O jovem professor negro e gay ue chega When You Reach Me do interior e se apaixona pelo misterioso artista O grupoe ativistas ue pode ou não estar levando longe The Empty Nesters demais o sonhoe The Concise Book of Lying derrubar o establishment O garoto careta e asmático ue se apaixona pela punk indomável O repórter ue sonha ser o novo nomeo jornalismo literá.