Men and Cartoons by Jonathan Lethem audiobook

Men and Cartoons

By Jonathan Lethem
Read by various narrators

Random House Audio 9780385512169
3.92 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780739314906

Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new listeners-- a smorgasbord of fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles. Lethem is a trailblazer fo a new kind of literary fiction, sampling high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime fans will recognize echoes of Lethem's novels in all these pieces--narrators who can't stop babbling, hapless detectives, people with unusual powers that do them no good, hot-blooded academics, the keen loss of love, clever repartee masking desperation, stumbling romances, and the obligations of friendship. Sparkling with off-beat humor and subtle insights that have made Lethem one of today's most highly praised writers, the stories in MEN AND CARTOONS will delight Lethem's legion of fans and appeal to a host of new listeners.

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Summary

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One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new listeners-- a smorgasbord of fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles. Lethem is a trailblazer fo a new kind of literary fiction, sampling high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime fans will recognize echoes of Lethem's novels in all these pieces--narrators who can't stop babbling, hapless detectives, people with unusual powers that do them no good, hot-blooded academics, the keen loss of love, clever repartee masking desperation, stumbling romances, and the obligations of friendship.

Sparkling with off-beat humor and subtle insights that have made Lethem one of today's most highly praised writers, the stories in MEN AND CARTOONS will delight Lethem's legion of fans and appeal to a host of new listeners.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Lethem is the man to beat in fiction these days…Every tale of ennui, cosmic regret, and petty yearning is perfectly realized. The brevity of the book and perfection of the stories puts every other member of his generation to shame.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Terrific…Lethem captures the world we know and the one hovering just beyond our periphery.” Baltimore Sun
“Compelling…Effective…Intelligent and poignant…Strange, amusing, haunting…Lethem has what musicians call ‘chops,’ or technical mastery. He can mix and match prose styles and literary genres to create glittering fictional artifacts…Each of these nine tales rewards the reader in some way—through an insight, a scene, or simply the force of the author’s imagination.” St. Petersburg Times
“An already dazzling writer shows us a new card…Men and Cartoons ends on a note that portends Lethem’s most experimental turn yet: toward human love as [a transporting] alternate universe…Lethem in a new, more nakedly personal key.” San Francisco Chronicle
“A strikingly original collection…Imaginative, insightful, witty, and sad.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Ineffably poignant.” Time
“Bristling with familiarity…Theme[s] that resonate…[Lethem is] adept at letting palpable human experiences emerge from absurd, fantastical situations.” San Diego Union-Tribune
“Nuanced…Resonates with intense force.” Newsday
“Smart…Original…Memorable…Lethem is…[like] the Coen Brothers of fiction.” Seattle Times
Men and Cartoons will open up a vast new world to readers unfamiliar with Lethem’s oeuvre…The entries are uniformly fine—each in its own way representative of Lethem’s mastery of whatever style he attempts.” Rocky Mountain News
“His sheer inventiveness is a treat…Affecting and clever, these tales are standouts.” People
“A pleasure…These stories offer potent little distillations of Lethem’s considerable imagination.” Entertainment Weekly
“Laugh-out-loud funny tales of love, flamboyance, and childhood memories.” Elle
“Engaging…A Lethem primer…The characters of Men and Cartoons need their stories to be told.” Village Voice
“Jonathan Lethem spits out genres like curse words—from sci-fi to pseudo-erotica to the epistolary. His narrative psychosis is our disturbed enjoyment.” Genre Magazine
“Wonderful…A collection of tales based in Brooklyn but permeated with fantasy [from] the very talented Mr. Lethem.” Hartford Courant
“Lethem at his best…[An] appealing array of stories [that] exemplify Lethem’s talents as a profoundly imaginative writer.” Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Author

Author Bio: Jonathan Lethem

Author Bio: Jonathan Lethem

Jonathan Lethem is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Motherless Brooklyn. Lethem’s stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and the New York Times, among others. He lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.92
Audience: Adult
Language: English