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City Limit [Copertina flessibile]

Lantzey Miller , Jim Bratone

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4 gennaio 2013
City Limit is a compelling, moving story of personal redemption against seemingly insurmountable odds. The characters and events happen at the limits of poverty in a world of drugs and fear, putting the characters in stark relief and etching them in the reader’s mind. Chabney finds himself caught in this world, existing in condemned buildings and surviving by selling weapons. With shades of Dickens, this novel captures the feel and flavor of its setting —the historic Oak Cliff region of South Dallas— and its atmosphere, moods and back alleys. It successfully evokes the character of a place and of placelessness; a hidden city where Chabney frees himself, finds love, loss then ultimately redemption.

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5.0 su 5 stelle A searing allegorical vision 2 febbraio 2014
Di dieaufzeichungendes - Pubblicato su
Formato:Copertina flessibile
A sharp, tight novel. So conceptually intricate that I marvel at its form as well as the prose itself. In the first few pages, I thought I was reading a noir detective novel - it has such an economical kind of prose, and intricately plotted segments, that I was getting ready to fit puzzle pieces together.

I don't know if the writer would agree with this, but I found in this book, a compelling depiction of humanity. Through the representation of the underbelly of society, the full vividness and intensity of the currents of life is conveyed. Are we not all in some sense victims of the complexity of society, circumstance?-- Pulled by forces, inadvertances beyond our control. Employing an allegorical narrative voice, all the travails that each of us encounters to a lesser degree, is condensed into a searing tableau of events.

Most interesting to this reader was how disembodied the narrative voice was. Most of the time, it's recording fragments of experience. And so, the moments when it reflects on itself - seeing itself reflected in a window, for example, is really striking. Other times, it's just like a voyeuristic eye, roaming through the streets, which it can detail uncannily well (impossibly well, it's so photographic as to be unreal - and so adds to the sense of disembodied-ness). And because it can document everything from such a birds-eye-perspective / all-encompassing perspective, at the beginning of the novel at least, the authorial voice seems split. Between the real Chabney, and this meta-Chabney. It's just a really interesting effect. It reminds me of the narrative voice of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, which kind of does the same thing. Omnipresent, and yet personal. And of course, Invisible Man is also a novel about the struggles of selfhood.

The passage when this reader felt it became really embodied, was when Chabney is lying in Gawene's lap, and there's a utter sense of calm with one's own body ... as if the roaming mind matched its seat (body) for the first time. And then the wonder at Gawene's body, the description of a growing fetus ... it's a beautiful contrast to the beginning of the novel.

Ultimately then, the book allows for a vision of hope. In some ways, the darkness of the background (which the writer so so expertly evokes) was only ever a backdrop to better offset the delicacy of hope, when it does come.
5.0 su 5 stelle A gifted writer 18 gennaio 2013
Di CatLover - Pubblicato su
Formato:Copertina flessibile|Acquisto verificato
We know we are in the presence of a gifted writer when after putting down the book we feel its unmistakable impact but are not sure just what hit us. On the surface City Limit satisfies as urban realism, a gritty, regional coming-of-age story whose crystalline prose cuts like shattered glass. But is this deceptively simple tale of a young boy learning hard lessons the hard way also an impassioned plea to end our nation's suicidal fascination with guns? Or has Lantzey Miller taken a page from another Mr. Miller and penned a subtle indictment of a business culture willing to sell us anything regardless of its devastating effect on our bodies or wellbeing? Perhaps underneath it all City Limit calls us back to a longed-for Jeffersonian America where true contentment begins where the sidewalk ends. And what of the ambivalent relationship of the protagonist with his father? Could we not read Freud's interpretation of Hamlet into the boy's conflicted rebellion? Whatever your reading of City Limit, it is sure to be one that makes a deep and lasting impression.
5.0 su 5 stelle Terrific and Frightening 5 gennaio 2013
Di Sally A. Ritchie - Pubblicato su
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I was born in Oak Cliff but lived there for only a short time. My grandparents and old aunt, however, lived there until they died, and I have wonderful memories of visiting dinners and outings to the park across the street, etc. Who knew that only a few streets away there was another world being built that would have terrified me if I had known about it. Chabney's Oak Cliff would have given me nightmares as a child. His world is like that of the Mole People who live in the subway tunnels of New York City - underground and better left unvisited and unseen, except in a book as terrific as this one. I could not put this book down, it is so real.

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