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The Colossus of New York: A City in Thirteen Parts
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Anchor Books
Publication date October 1, 2004
Pages 158
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781400031245
ISBN-10 1400031249
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
In a series of personal reminiscences, anecdotes, lyrical meditations, and vignettes, the award-winning author of The Intuitionist captures the complex inner and outer landscapes of the city of New York in an intimate portrait of life in the city. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In a dazzlingly original work of nonfiction, the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad recreates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York. Here is a literary love song that will entrance anyone who has lived in—or spent time—in the greatest of American cities.

A masterful evocation of the city that never sleeps, The Colossus of New York captures the city’s inner and outer landscapes in a series of vignettes, meditations, and personal memories. Colson Whitehead conveys with almost uncanny immediacy the feelings and thoughts of longtime residents and of newcomers who dream of making it their home; of those who have conquered its challenges; and of those who struggle against its cruelties.

Whitehead’s style is as multilayered and multifarious as New York itself: Switching from third person, to first person, to second person, he weaves individual voices into a jazzy musical composition that perfectly reflects the way we experience the city. There is a funny, knowing riff on what it feels like to arrive in New York for the first time; a lyrical meditation on how the city is transformed by an unexpected rain shower; and a wry look at the ferocious battle that is commuting. The plaintive notes of the lonely and dispossessed resound in one passage, while another captures those magical moments when the city seems to be talking directly to you, inviting you to become one with its rhythms.

The Colossus of New York is a remarkable portrait of life in the big city. Ambitious in scope, gemlike in its details, it is at once an unparalleled tribute to New York and the ideal introduction to one of the most exciting writers working today.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780385507943
 
from Doubleday (October 1, 2003)
9780385507943 | details & prices | 158 pages | 5.50 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $19.95
About: In a series of personal reminiscences, anecdotes, lyrical meditations, and vignettes, captures the complex inner and outer landscapes of New York, New York in an intimate portrait of life in the city.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Anchor Books (October 1, 2004)
9781400031245 | details & prices | 158 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.95
About: In a series of personal reminiscences, anecdotes, lyrical meditations, and vignettes, the award-winning author of The Intuitionist captures the complex inner and outer landscapes of the city of New York in an intimate portrait of life in the city.

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