26 May 2011

The City and The City

I finished China Mieville's The City and The City today. I only knew it was a detective story when i started and i really feel like it is a book best not spoiled. So I am going to pull the amazon blurb:
The city is Beszel, a rundown metropolis on the eastern edge of Europe. The other city is Ul Qoma, a modern Eastern European boomtown, despite being a bit of an international pariah. What the two cities share, and what they don't, is the deliciously evocative conundrum at the heart of China Mieville's The City & The City. Mieville is well known as a modern fantasist (and urbanist), but from book to book he's tried on different genres, and here he's fully hard-boiled, stripping down to a seen-it-all detective's voice that's wonderfully appropriate for this story of seen and unseen. His detective is Inspector Tyador Borlu, a cop in Beszel whose investigation of the murder of a young foreign woman takes him back and forth across the highly policed border to Ul Qoma to uncover a crime that threatens the delicate balance between the cities and, perhaps more so, Borlu's own dissolving sense of identity. In his tale of two cities, Mieville creates a world both fantastic and unsettlingly familiar, whose mysteries don't end with the solution of a murder --Tom Nessley

If you don't like twisty books, or detective stories, this one isn't for you. i looooved it, but it is a difficult book to talk about without giving something important away. a 6!

3 comments:

  1. Totally want to read it. Never read any of Mieville's stuff.

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  2. I enjoyed it. i listened to an audio book liked the reader as well.

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  3. I suspect when I try Mieville again that this is where I'll go. I have yet to engage with his style and this 'stripped down' version might be where I can finally say that I enjoyed a Mieville novel.

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