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Lasting City: The Anatomy of Nostalgia Hardcover – October 21, 2013
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Now, I am a slow and pensive reader -- always have been -- yet the tremendous energy of McCourt's prose was not at all jarring or incompatible with my reading habits. Rather, I found I was buoyed along through the story faster than I would be otherwise due to the narration's strong pacing. I should also note that the rhythmic (this seems a particularly apt description as I write it), forcefully paced narration did not undermine the poignancy or any other substantive effect of the story during my reading. I found a number of McCourt's reflections uniquely moving in fact.
In addition to its unique & exciting narrative technique and the moving moments in stories and reflections that are shared in this memoir, the sheer wit of the author is a significant draw for this book. I recommend it highly to any reader who finds herself attracted to the work based on what she has read of the memoir's particular storyline.
Because of the blurb on the back cover from John Waters that referenced old school gay culture, I though there would be more of a history of McCourt's life as a gay man, and the different meanings that has had as culture changed around him. However, while there is some brief discussions of this sprinkled throughout the book, a surprising majority of it focuses on his early childhood and adolescence, including his terrifying, formative childhood experience hearing about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I am a true lover of New York City and so any book that offers a new way to look at the city, which this book does, will hold my interest. However, the author's dreamy style does take some patience.
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Lasting City: The Anatomy of Nostalgia by James McCourt is a free Goodreads FirstReads advance reader copy of a paperback book that I began reading between classes at school on... Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Kristine Fisher