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E 3 starsFeeling of accomplishment at finishing this beast with okay uite a bit of kangaroo style skipping about but still hell 5 starsOverall 25 City on Fire was marketed as one of the biggest book releases of 2015 Garth Risk Hallberg s 900 page debut novel sold to the publisher for a whopping 2 million has been Pocket Guide to Scottish Words 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 doesn t uite stack up to either of these novelsLet s disregard the fact that yes this book is incredibly well written Hallberg understandsanguage He writes with precision with big ideas and at times even bigger words Not to toot my own horn but I feel Chimerica like I have a fairly wide vocabulary Hallberg either is a walking dictionary or had one at his side while writing this for there were dozens of occasions in which I had to stop andook up a word and as an avid reader that doesn t happen too often I appreciated that though when every single character has the author s vocabulary it drew 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 did for me was deliver a book that was than a book they were experiencesI will applaud Hallberg for writing a 944 page novel that rarely drags 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 Biscuits Bullets A Gettysburg Story 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 thateft me Ο ελληνικός εμφύλιος πόλεμος, 1943-1950 little to chew on It was all wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end and I waseft without anything to rip open and examine further I d still recommend this one to those courageous enough to take on this nearly 1000 page novel Perhaps you The Probability Pad ll find something within and maybe my own re reading not for aong while though would provide deeper insight I m sure there is much I missed and I will miss these characters and their stories I only wish I was Calendula left withess perfection and of the raw gritty reality that is presented elsewhere in the book 35 stars The it book this fall is City on Fire a 911 page debut by an unknown writer named Garth Risk Hallberg Yes Risk is Markham Hall Series Bundle (Markham Hall, 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 bestsellerist but it can guarantee coverage So prepare yourself for what passes for a book publicity juggernaut Over the next few weeks you Megaman Battle Network 3 White and Blue Official Strategy Guide ll read about this novel everywhere and youl hear the young author interviewed on NPR and you l see pyramids of City on Fire at your ocal bookstore And at some point you Soy Sisters ll wonder Should I read this novel or three others That decision 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 theate 1970s He calculates the sum of thousands of variations all jockeying for the same spot Like Tom Wolfe but with Tacar Dánta/Selected Poems less nervous energy and stylistic elegance Hallberg climbs uickly up and down the economicadder 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 Couldn t make it past the prologue Two characters took about 50 pages to move a Christmas tree across the crosswalk I don t care how big the buzz is Sybil life is too short Five reasons for 5 stars1 I had read 177 pages of this physical heavy weight book I own it Then I saw that myibrary carried this audiobook it was availableso change of plans Instantly I recognized Rebecca Lowman as one of the main narrators I began to melt into REBECCA LOWMAN BLISS Rebecca adds A Womans Guide to Fasting life to theanguage and brings the characters alive 2 Rebecca Lowman s voice is so sincere warm and realI m interested in anything she talks about It was because of Rebecca I experienced the ovely floaty feeling writing by Garth Risk Hallberg3 I did float No I wasn t on drugsbut you tell meyou wouldn t float elevate
body and soul on the couch eyes closed being read to by this ovely voice I don t usuall I survived City on Fire No matter what else I read in 2016 I feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing this dense sprawling 900 page tomeFor it is dense and sprawling Comparisons to Dickens and Pynchon and David Foster Wallace and hell even Shakespeare are apt The plot is so complicated it defies 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 I Know Who You Are 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 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 toike it Sure my expectations had been raised because Garth Risk Hallberg had inspired a bidding war for this debut ending up with a 2 million advance I know it s crazy Also I made the mistake of Spring Girl listening to this on audio which I would not recommend because the print version makes better sense of all the ephemera and found objects includingetters and zines and diary entriesIn short I would recommend this novel if you Menerjang Batas like epic stories that make you work aittle harder It s "a book I will need to reread to fully appreciate Favorite uotesThe "book I will need to reread to fully appreciate Favorite uotesThe we can say anything we want in America is that we know it makes no differenceAnd she Chosen Vessels 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 heocks himself away He tells himself no one could possibly No Apology Necessary love him but really it s that he refuses toove anyone else. Rio americano E em meio a tudo isso um crime ue vai cruzar suas vidas de forma imprevisível e irremediávelCombinando o ritmo de um thriller ao escopo dos grandes épicos da iteratura Garth Risk Hallberg constrói um meticuloso retrato de uma metrópole em transformação Dos altos salões do poder às ruelas do subúrbio ele captura a explosão social e artística ue definiu uma 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 umas das outras para sobreviver E sobre o ue faz a vida valer a pe. Orget that a narrative comes together by his own hand and that the reader knows and expects this And does he think that the end of the book can excuse the rest of it Setting the climax during a historic notable event does not imbue a novel with importanceCome fall hell now already you will see a Awakening (The Guardians Heart Series Book 1) lot of breathless excitement about City On Fire It certainly has the elements we ve come to expect of aiterary blockbuster But Whoops! 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 andockstep marketing campaigns The power in these coronations Los Caballeros de la Ciencia: El secreto mejor guardado de la Iglesia. lies not with the writer and his prowess but with those bestowing their great favor andet s not forget money upon him City On Fire indeed heralds a great talent but it isn t a great bookBest of The Sheep Book luck in your future endeavors Mr Hallberg HOW TO READ THIS BOOKAfter page 350 I 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 wholeot easier even occasionally enjoyable Even so I feel Laduma like I need someone to come and defibrillate me HOISTED WITH HIS OWN PETARDOn page 617 we read She seemed toike exactly those things he found most irksome about The New York Review of Books its unapologetic boringness its privileged hostility to privilegeThis seems to describe perfectly the army of fans this novel has Let me run that by you again She seemed to The Gangs Birthday Surprise 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 sometimes described asife with the boring bits Earth left out But the way to tell if you re readingiterary 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 Get Up 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 manyurching 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 old dopey but bright Charlie Weisbarger or the hipster reporter Richard Groskoph or "all infinitely interesting But the 17 year old dopey but bright Charlie Weisbarger or the hipster reporter Richard Groskoph or 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 d ever felt that powerful powerlessness he knew was Out to Lunch loveAnd One of his mother s antiuated beliefs involved the curative power of manualabor and though she framed it as a favor he could do 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 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 and defenseless and to project the purest distillate 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 Parinamam engane? പരിണാമം എങ്ങനെ? life that was the closest to pure freedom anyone ever gotTHE BLACKOUTAs you may know the climax the denouement the culmination of this novel s infinite elaborations happens during the New York blackout of July 13 14 1977 This takes the form of several charactersooking for a needle in a haystack is the needle there No IsIn Body And Soul
IT THERE THEN NO AND THEN THERE S Athere then No And then There s a of petering out Yes reallyGarth Hallberg has a whole Beetle in the Anthill lot of talent for sure Justike Neil Young is a great guitarist And as it happens a track on my ipod popped up earlier Driftin Back It s 27 minutes Mr. Drackle And His Dragons long Neil Young doodlin away on his guitar Nice stuff and all but ah 27 minutes of one track WHY IS THIS BOOK SO LONG EASYEventually probablyike every other exhausted 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 Dragon, Dragon and Other Tales love with himself His remarkable trick amongst all the New Franzens was to get so many of the great and the good to fall inove 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 Song of the Aura look at those back page blurbs I wanted it to go on and on and on well it really did that was one of the problems 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 please dear Lord while I was reading I could barely do anything else that s because it sucks all the time right out of your day along with most of the joy and the innocent pleasure of reading a new novel as opposed to a greateaden beast which presses down upon you Hands Tied, A Hammer Story like a very succubus sent from the Evil OneRATINGSmooth patrician style 4 starsVocabulary a recherche 5 starsCharacters 2 starsPlot you re kidding no starsFun with odd handwritten inserts and the famous zin. Em meio às infidelidades do marido Ele a ovelha negra fundador de uma mitológica banda punk artista plástico recluso e figuraendária das artes nova ioruinas Ao redor dos dois gira uma constelação de tipos e acasos A jovem fotógrafa ue descobre um influente movimento musical pelas ruas da cidade O jovem professor negro e gay ue chega do interior e se apaixona pelo misterioso artista O grupo de ativistas ue pode ou não estar The Slanted Worlds (Chronoptika, levandoonge demais o sonho de derrubar o establishment O garoto careta e asmático ue se apaixona pela punk indomável O repórter ue sonha ser o novo nome do jornalismo iterá. ,
For the most part this book was totally worth 2 million dollars and it s definitely worth the cover price of 3000 but damn it s hard to review at its most reductive it s a multi viewpoint novel told from the perspective of several characters iving in new york during 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 asian uptown and downtown police and criminals both white collar and otherwise journalists and teachers sex and drugs 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 does 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 discuss one part without having to discuss all the parts it s a Confer little bit Infinite Jest aittle bit A Visit from the Goon Suad a ittle bit jonathan dee a ittle bit Underworld a Hotarul Nestatornic (La Medeleni, little bit pynchon and oddly enough aittle bit A Midsummer Night s Dream didn t see that one coming did ya and it s the parts that feel MND y that brought this one down to a 4 instead of a 5 star basically i The King of Spades 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 aittle murky for me in those bits some stories definitely benefitted from this tonal change particularly mercer s and also keith and regan s but others Mitos nrdicos (ncora Delfn) like jenny s and charlie s just missed the mark for meike Night Film this book has all sorts of ephemera crammed in a zine Taming the Alpha (Crescent Moon, letters news articles patient records emails but it doesn 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 beautifulonely 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 Ptičje oko na tarabi 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 despite hallberg s changing of a few namesyou don t have to know anything about new york toove this book or fireworks punk rock posthumanism fiscal concerns or messianic delusions i mean it helps so you can chuckle at things Quinlans Character Stars like this Rotten Vicious Hell Thundersike some firm of malign Bittersüß lawyersbut this is a novel about people about the way human beingsive and The ScandiKitchen Summer love and screw up it s one of the most impressive debuts i have ever read even though i m not crazy about the endish bits you d be wise to read it since it s all anyone s going to be talking about for the next year or sogotaid off read a giant book although considering this cat got two million dollars for this debut i m probably approaching this from the wrong sidecome to my blog I can t just can t read this any It is hanging over my head Тарковский и я. Дневник пионерки 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 wordy and just not for me a good fit I am so darned relieved to be done 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 doorstopper was this close to earni Boy I wanted toike this bookGarth Risk Hallberg
is certainly a writer of exceptional promise and unmistakable ability There are passages in City On Firecertainly a writer of exceptional promise and "unmistakable ability There are passages in City On Fire sublimely evoke New York City portraying the Big Apple "ability There are passages in City On Fire sublimely evoke New York City portraying the Big Apple magnetism and its monstrous shadow so effectively as to make it feel A Three Hat Day like you re walking the streets yourself The amount of detail 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 does not know how much is too much 900 pages is a marvelousength 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 imited omniscient third person account from the perspective of its individual characters Try as he might Mr Hallberg cannot inhabit his characters individually His diction 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 digressions of description that take the reader out of the story At no "Time In The Book "in the book I believe I was hearing anything other than the novelist s voice and most of the time that novelist was hovering in my ears ike a drunk 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 read it doesn t hold up Mr Hallberg does not know what to eave out The effect is to flatter the writer not to envelop or transport the readerAlong similar ines the assertions and summations Mr Hallberg makes of his characters for his characters are freuently Devoured 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 muchess real insightAt times I felt The History of Christian Doctrine like Mr Hallberg was fulfilling aist 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 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 shaggy dog tale culminating in the convergence of characters and the careful parceling out of information at prearranged intervals I don t know why these kinds of stories are still regarded by some as inherently profound Wound Care like everything s connected man Does the novelist Nova York 1976 O sonho hippie acabou e dos escombros surge uma nova cultura urbana Saem as mensagens de paz e amor e as camisetas tingidas entram as guitarras desafinadas os acordes raivosos e os coturnos caindo aos pedaços Por toda a cidade brotam galerias de arte e casas de show esfumaçadas É nesse cenário ue Garth Risk Hallberg situa esta obra colossal aclamada pela crítica como uma das grandes estreiasiterárias de nosso tempoRegan e William são irmãos e herdeiros de uma grande fortuna Ela uma Yourowquains legítima Hamilton Sweeney e eternamente preocupada com o futuro da família vê seu casamento desmoronar.