Open City by Teju Cole
What’s it about?
The narrator of this story walks the streets of New York (and a short stay in Brussels) lamenting about what he sees and what he is reminded of in that moment.
What did I think?
Teju Cole is a beautiful writer. To appreciate this book, I had to slow down and just enjoy his writing style and ponder what he was trying to say.
Should you read it?
Hmmm… It is beautiful writing, but if you like a plot then avoid this book at all costs. However, it is a beautifully written novel with lots of stories that make you think.
“Perhaps this is what we mean by sanity: That, whatever our self-admitted eccentricities might be, we play, and only play, the hero, and in the swirl of other people’s stories, insofar as those stories concern us al all, we are never less than heroic. “
Did you like the narrator when you were done reading?
If you like this try-
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
7 1/2 stars
best of winter/spring 2019
best of summer/ fall 2018
best of winter/spring 2017-18
best of spring/summer 2017
best of winter
best of summer 2014
last spring favorites
on my nightstand
edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!