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The Fortress of Solitude
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date September 1, 2003
Binding Cassette/Spoken Word
Edition Unabridged
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780739306468
ISBN-10 0739306464
Dimensions 2.75 by 4.25 by 6.25 in.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $39.95
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Their friendship compromised by the belief systems of the racially charged 1970s, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude share a series of misadventures based on their mutual obsession with comic-book heroes. By the author of Motherless Brooklyn.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: This is the story of two boys, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude. They are friends and neighbors, but because Dylan is white and Mingus is black, their friendship is not simple. This is the story of their Brooklyn neighborhood, which is almost exclusively black despite the first whispers of something that will become known as "gentrification."

This is the story of 1970s America, a time when the most simple human decisions—what music you listen to, whether to speak to the kid in the seat next to you, whether to give up your lunch money—are laden with potential political, social and racial disaster. This is the story of 1990s America, when no one cared anymore.

This is the story of punk, that easy white rebellion, and crack, that monstrous plague. This is the story of the loneliness of the avant-garde artist and the exuberance of the graffiti artist.

This is the story of what would happen if two teenaged boys obsessed with comic book heroes actually had superpowers: They would screw up their lives.

This is the story of joyous afternoons of stickball and dreaded years of schoolyard extortion. This is the story of belonging to a society that doesn't accept you. This is the story of prison and of college, of Brooklyn and Berkeley, of soul and rap, of murder and redemption.

This is the story Jonathan Lethem was born to tell. This is THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE.

Editions
Hardcover
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (December 1, 2003)
9780786259960 | details & prices | 824 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.50 in. | 2.20 lbs | List price $31.95
from Doubleday (September 1, 2003)
9780385500692 | details & prices | 511 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.90 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Their friendship compromised by the belief systems of the racially charged 1970s, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude share a series of misadventures based on their mutual obsession with comic book heroes.
Paperback
Reprint edition from Vintage Books (August 24, 2004)
9780375724886 | details & prices | 509 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $15.95
About: Their friendship compromised by the belief systems of the racially charged 1970s, Dylan Ebdus and Mingus Rude share a series of misadventures based on their mutual obsession with comic-book heroes.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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With David Aaron Baker (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (August 24, 2004)
9780739315835 | details & prices | List price $29.95
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With David Aaron Baker (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Random House (September 1, 2003)
9780739306468 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.25 × 2.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $39.95
About: Their friendship compromised by the belief systems of the racially charged 1970s, Dylan Ebdus and Mungus Rude share a series of misadventures based on their mutual obsession with comic book heroes.

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