Motherless Brooklyn: a Novel

by Jonathan Lethem | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0375724834 Global Overview for this book
Registered by quietorchid of Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on 10/14/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by quietorchid from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Odd book. This is Lionel's story of he and three other boys, scouped out of a charitable institution in Brooklyn, and forged into 'Minna's Men' by their rescuerer. All were misfits when Frank Minna, a small-time hood, collected them, but none was stranger than Lionel.

Lionel becomes known as 'Crazyman' to the neighborhood, and 'Freakshow' to his fellow Minna Men due to his Tourette's Syndrome. When Frank Minna is murdered, it's now up to Lionel to discover what happened.

Ambitious attempt at a 'noir' style hard-boiled detective story. Lionel's voice is authentic and lovely. My only problem was when the author would try to have Lionel's tics and verbal tour-de-forces blind you to the gaps in the story of following a trail to the killer. It doesn't always work, but you are rooting so hard for Lionel, you don't really care.

Fly far little book!

Journal Entry 2 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Saturday, February 14, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (2/14/2015 UTC) at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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Journal Entry 3 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Sounds like an intriguing and unusual tale. Thanks for sharing.

Journal Entry 4 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, March 10, 2020
A whodunit made more interesting by an unusual protagonist. Lionel is an an orphan who becomes part of Frank Minna's small time mobster gang. When Frank was murdered, Lionel set out on a hair-raising trip to find the culprit. Fast paced, fun to read.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAzukiwing at Little Free Library - Craig Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida USA on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Released 1 yr ago (3/16/2020 UTC) at Little Free Library - Craig Park in Tarpon Springs, Florida USA

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