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Dale

baltimore, MD, USA

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  • The Fortress of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

    Jonathan says: "A smorgasbord of language"
    "Masterful writing (and reading)"
    Overall

    Tackles the complexities of race relations honestly and adroitly, and celebrates the nearly narcotic effect of music and "musicology." Best of all, juxtaposes the relative innocence of the 70s versus the solipsism of subsequent decades. Other reviewers have pointed out the dexterity of the prose. Truly wondrous in spots. And the narration is the best I've come across since joining up, the reader attempting (and nailing) a wide range of dialects, races, ages, and temperments. And at 18 hours, a bargain.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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