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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Thursday, July 05, 2007

You Don't Love Me Yet

Book #24 of my '07 list was Jonathan Lethem's You Don't Love Me Yet.

Lethem's new novel is your typical kangaroo kidnapping, punk rock love story with underlying themes of plagarism vs. subconcious influence. As compelling as that sounds, the book is a bit of a let down, with one-dimensional characters and predictable plot twists. Perhaps it's a sly send-up of the genre, but this one just didn't work for me. Try Motherless Brooklyn or The Fortress of Solitude instead.

Metacritic reviews
NPR appearance
Lethem's Harper's essay on plagarism

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