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Motherless Brooklyn - Jonathan Lethem
Motherless Brooklyn
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From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in... show more
From America's most inventive novelist, Jonathan Lethem, comes this compelling and compulsive riff on the classic detective novel.Lionel Essrog is Brooklyn's very own self-appointed Human Freakshow, an orphan whose Tourettic impulses drive him to bark, count, and rip apart our language in startling and original ways.  Together with three veterans of the St. Vincent's Home for Boys, he works for small-time mobster Frank Minna's limo service cum detective agency. Life without Frank Minna, the charismatic King of Brooklyn, would be unimaginable, so who cares if the tasks he sets them are, well, not exactly legal. But when Frank is fatally stabbed, one of Lionel's colleagues lands in jail, the other two vie for his position, and the victim's widow skips town. Lionel's world is suddenly topsy-turvy, and this outcast who has trouble even conversing attempts to untangle the threads of the case while trying to keep the words straight in his head.  Motherless Brooklyn is a brilliantly original homage to the classic detective novel by one of the most acclaimed writers of his generation.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375724831 (0375724834)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 311
Edition language: English
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aka Grasshopper
aka Grasshopper rated it
3.5 Medicating Lionel
Lionel Essrog is an unforgettable character. Like most fictional detectives he has one defining characteristic, something which sets him apart. Lionel has Tourette's Syndrome. This turns out to be an asset for him when he sets out to find his mentor's killer because everyone assumes he is stupid. Wh...
Skinny Dipping Into Books
Skinny Dipping Into Books rated it
5.0
like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.... except:1. It's about an adult with tourettes syndrome 2. the prose and writing and dialog is more complex, and thus evokes a visceral response 3. the DX is explained and explored in a few ways that drifts away from TCIOTDITNT.3a: its part ...
JonathanPeto
JonathanPeto rated it
I enjoyed this story quite a bit. I have no idea if the main character, Lionel Essrog, is portrayed accurately or well, since he has Tourette's Syndrome, but it's interesting, as well as funny and sad at times. It's a detective story, a spoof perhaps, but not an obnoxious send-up. The genre's cliche...
M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
I mention this book in this review:http://mewlhouse.hubpages.com/_1qsqsuzy8itx3/hub/A-Time-For-Fists
Clif's Book World
Clif's Book World rated it
4.0 Motherless Brooklyn
Imagine a personality with Tourette's combined with compulsive touching and counting, surrounded in an environment of Brooklyn speak and Mafia threats. This combination makes for some hilarious conversational interchanges in this book. Is it a murder mystery? A noir thriller? A stylistic tour de f...
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