In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead re-creates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in-or spent time-in the greatest of American cities. A masterful evocation of the city that never sleeps, The Colossus of New York captures the city's inner and outer landscapes in a series of vignettes, meditations, and personal memories. Colson Whitehead conveys with almost uncanny immediacy the feelings and thoughts of longtime residents and of newcomers who dream of making it their home; of those who have conquered its challenges; and of those who struggle against its cruelties. Whitehead's style is as multilayered and multifarious as New York itself: Switching from third person, to first person, to second person, he weaves individual voices into a jazzy musical composition that perfectly reflects the way we experience the city. There is a funny, knowing riff on what it feels like to arrive in New York for the first time; a lyrical meditation on how the city is transformed by an unexpected rain shower; and a wry look at the ferocious battle that is commuting. The plaintive notes of the lonely and dispossessed resound in one passage, while another captures those magical moments when the city seems to be talking directly to you, inviting you to become one with its rhythms.
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"This hip insider's view of human foibles and triumphs amid the lonely maelstrom of big city life in New York City is a treasure of beautiful language and sharp observations. Whitehead rambles through the major districts of the city like a put, taking in all, missing nothing in his paean to his beloved home. The author voices his piece with a relaxed and melodic ease, never overindulging or overacting; instead he eases us into the hearts and minds of New Yorkers of every stripe and color. Enjoy this love letter to a great city. D.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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