Open City

Open City Teju Cole 2011
19 19 0 10/10 HARDCOVER FICTION English 272 Random House 1400068096 9781400068098

Along the streets of Manhattan, a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly. The walks meet a need for Julius: they are a release from the tightly regulated mental environment of work, and they give him the opportunity to process his relationships, his recent breakup with his girlfriend, his present, his past. Though he is navigating the busy parts of town, the impression of countless faces does nothing to assuage his feelings of isolation.

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Critic Reviews

The New York Times Miguel Syjuco

This book may not be the Great World Novel, but it points to such a work’s possibility and importance.

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The New Yorker James Wood

Beautiful, subtle, and, finally, original novel.

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The Daily Beast Taylor Antrim

It’s the most thoughtful and provocative debut I’ve read in a long time.

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Publishing Perspectives Gwendolyn Dawson

A thought-provoking meditation on the important (and some of the not so important) issues we all confront in contemporary America and Europe.

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The A.V. Club Vadim Rizov

Open City is lucidly detached in a manner that needs no apologies.

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Open Letters Monthly Andrew Martin

For Manhattan residents, current or past, the initial joy of reading Teju Cole’s Open City comes from pure, unadulterated recognition.

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