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The Twenty-Seventh City | [Jonathan Franzen]

The Twenty-Seventh City

St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.
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St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.

©1988 Jonathan Franzen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    paula Indianapolis, IN, United States 06-11-14
    paula Indianapolis, IN, United States 06-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting book..but not superb"

    An interesting look at Jonathan Franzen as he began his career. The story had many interesting parts, the writing and use of language was pleasant. I enjoyed much of it, but in the end it was a little dull.

    I enjoyed the many attempts of Meetu Chilana to spice up the story through her attention to the voices of many of the different characters. However, I was dismayed at the numerous words that were mispronounced throughout. While it is clear the narrator spoke some things differently because of her non-American English background, there were numerous places where the words were simply wrong. This is very frustrating to the listener.

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    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 02-24-14
    danni Sointula, BC, Canada 02-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    The story is good, but not riveting. The narrator is distracting. Too many words are mispronounced, badly. Maybe English isn't her first language, but , look it up!

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    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 01-07-14
    Stephen Marietta, GA, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2012

    I have nothing to offer anyone except my own confusion.

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    "Disappointing Effort by Franzen"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who enjoys novels that don't draw in the reader, have somewhat confusing story lines and at times just .. droned on without a point. And some of that is typical for Franzen, but he generally ties it all in together at some point. Not here.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Franzen again?

    I have listened to every novel by Franzen and this is the only exception to a man I consider one of the greatest two or three living authors.


    Which character – as performed by Meetu Chilana – was your favorite?

    None stick out, but this wasn't the fault of the reader. I think she did a great job with the characters and subject matter.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twenty-Seventh City?

    Scenes weren't the problem, so none. I finished the novel and, at the end, asked myself why. What was the point? I'm somewhat surprised Franzen's publisher re-released this rubbish, though I suppose it got me to


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