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Motherless Brooklyn

Lethem, Jonathan

(Book - 1999)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Motherless Brooklyn
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A black comedy in New York's criminal underworld. The twitching hero--he suffers from Tourette's syndrome--is one of four misfits who were rescued from an orphanage by a man who gave them jobs in his detective agency. Now the man has been killed and the boys intend to get the killer.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385491839
0385491832
Branch Call Number: FIC L
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 25 cm.

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Author: Jonathan Lethem
Areas Featured: Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Cobble Hill

An inventive take on the whodunit made playful with Tourettes-inspired language and loving descriptions of downtown Brooklyn, Motherless Brooklyn earned Jonathan Lethem the National Book Criti... Read More »


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May 08, 2014
  • PickyReader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful narration, very off-beat version of noir for folks who don't usually like that genre: flawed detective/hero, mysterious woman, innocent woman, dark criminal masters, semi-criminal/semi-innocent associates of hero, 'realistic' ending. All with a plot and voice that twist it around so you don't realize it's there, beneath the wonderfully jumpy surface of this fabulous tale. A read and a half.

This book is simply fabulous. It chronicles the lives of some good ol' boy gumshoes exploring the world in all it's post-coming-of-age dreariness. Lethem is always a fantastic wordsmith, but his writing is at its best here.

Aug 14, 2012
  • kellibaker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my favorite Lethem books. Very interesting characters and storyline. Well worth the time investment!

Mar 28, 2012
  • lilylibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Four teenaged orphans are recruited by mafioso-wannabe Frank Minna and molded into devoted "Minna Men." When Frank is killed during one of the Men's assignments, the piper must be paid. Did I mention the narrator has Tourette's Syndrome?

Apr 19, 2011
  • jplynch25 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Surprising, interesting peculiarly arresting.

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