City

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The author of the international bestseller Silk now delivers a ravishing and wildly inventive novel about friendship, genius and its discontents, and the redemptive power of narrative. Somewhere in America lives a brilliant boy named Gould, an intellectual guided missile aimed at the Nobel Prize. His only companions are an imaginary giant and an imaginary mute. Improbably—and yet with impeccable logic--he falls into the care of Shatzy Shell, a young woman whose life up till that point has been equally devoid of human connection .

Theirs is a relationship of stories and of stories within stories: of Gould’s evolving saga of an underdog boxer and the violent Western that Shatzy has been dictating into a tape recorder since the age of six. Out of these stories, Alessandro Baricco creates a masterpiece of metaphysical pulp fiction that recalls both Scheherazade and Italo Calvino. By turns exhilarating and deeply moving, City is irresistible.

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Title:City
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780375725487
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  • ?Laura

    This is a brilliant and unusual book peopled with quirky and endearing characters both real and imagined. It is the story of a young genius named Gould, a boy never really allowed to be a boy, whose c...

  • Dominique

    CITY is the title. You will not recognize any specific city. It's more the sketching of a city, it's skeletor.The novel is constructed like a city-map. We don't know where we are going, but we follow ...

  • Adrienne Kiser

    This is absolutely one of the best books I've recently read. I found myself staying up much later than usual, hurrying to my lunch breaks at work, and even abandoning the internet (the INTERNET!!) to ...

  • Oriana

    Oh oh oh it almost hurts me how much I love this book. Baricco can make anything, anything into gorgeousness. City is a brilliant amalgam of stories, including a comic book, a boxing match, lectures ...

  • Marc

    In general I don't like absurdist stories, but I have really enjoyed this book, and that's the first time this happens to me with Baricco. It’s impossible to summarize the story of this book, becaus...

  • Philippe

    Barrico's 'City' seems, in all its fragmented splendour, a thoroughly modern book. Yet, at the same time it casts a long glance back to the origins of the novel as a Western cultural invention, emulat...

  • Terri

    So I finally finished this book. I REALLY wanted to like it. The idea of the book is great, and I think the overarching story is the best part of the book by far. For me, the stories within the story ...

  • Eduardo Corona

    "Kids need certainties."City is everything but a novel about a city, about an urban space of any kind. Baricco says it all in his cryptic description: stories are neighborhoods, characters are streets...

  • Marta

    A very unusual book with several Matrioska-like narratives within the main plot line featuring a child prodigy and his struggles with the everyday, banal world. Baricco develops deep reflections and c...

  • Kirsten

    I don't know why either, but I've attempted this one twice, and can never seem to see it through to the end. The concept is really nice, the writing is good, but I think the story and the intertwining...