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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Lethem Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as “gentrification.”

This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the most simple human decisions—what music you listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money—are laden with potential political, social and racial disaster. This is the story of 1990s America, when no one cared anymore.

This is the story of punk, that easy white rebellion, and crack, that monstrous plague. This is the story of the loneliness of the avant-garde artist and the exuberance of the graffiti artist.

This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had superpowers: They would screw up their lives.

This is the story of joyous afternoons of stickball and dreaded years of schoolyard extortion. This is the story of belonging to a society that doesn’t accept you. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption.

This is the story Jonathan Lethem was born to tell. This The is Fortress of Solitude.

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  • A 2003 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by mr. chad | 2/1/2014

    " a solid read. i picked this book up from a market in sydney (aus.) for $8; hoping it would be a good little escape. it ended up being a bit more. like reading "a heart breaking work..." for the first time, a book that allows one to walk a mile or two in someone else's converse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erik Nygren | 1/23/2014

    " Lethem is a word magician. Beautifully written, with a strange and always changing pace. Must read for brooklynites. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Don | 1/19/2014

    " Catcher in the Rye moved on 50 years. Growing up as a Jewish kid in the black neighbourhoods of Brooklyn. Full of obsessions with soul music and comic books and a sad, doomed friendship. Super book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben Leavitt | 1/18/2014

    " I was a bit disappointed by this book. I thought the superpower theme was a little overused and distracting (and I even come from superhero comic reading background). I think he tried to incorporate too many aspects to the story. I really like the basic premise of the narrative of a white kid growing up in a gentrifying black neighborhood though. "

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