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Esome for him rarely rewarding his curiosity Ironic because that s how I began to feel about Julius s rambling digressions by about this time in the book That s not to say that he s never insightful he s often brilliant in fact but some of the observations are uite dull the banal profundities of veryone s late night conversations in college So I skimmed a lotHowever I am convinced that there is a purpose to the pretension here for once other than a successful bid at impressing the likes of James Wood Cole is carefully patiently building an imbalance of clinical detail at the Reflections On Behaviorism And Society expense of passion and when he turns up the dial in the penultimate chapter and holds Julius s hands to the fire it is a compelling moment of supreme complexity and darkness It is the definition of payoff Open City is about the obscuring power of insight and thus uses insight to obscure and blindness to illuminate Atxactly the 50% point if this was on purpose I am so blown away one of the memorable sock puppets Farou cites Paul de Man de Man s theory has to do with an insight that can actually obscure other things that can be a blindness And the reverse also how what seems blind can open up possibilities I did not find Julius to be a cipher long winded risk averse and deeply in denial yes but not a cipher There is Designing Disney evidence that Julius s blindness does not come from some kind of spectrum disorder his pain and borderline panic upon hearing of Dr Saito s death most notablyIn contrast to both this book s fans and its critics I didn tnjoy the book on a sentence to sentence level Instead I loved the supposedly non Prosecuted But Not Silenced existent plot and characters Injoyed Moji very much during all of her brief appearances and by the Unsere Drei Stanisluse end I felt intimately Julius s regret pain and very human inability to be anyone other than the person he isBy the time Julius s Rhett Butleresue comeuppance came he sees through you anyway you the psychiatrist the know it all my own resentment of Julius s superficial intellectual smoothness dissolved into a powerful understanding of a flawed man smbrace of ideas art and city as solace Had I done a bit research I never would have started this book I do not care about New York I do not care about your observations of birdlife I do not care about your descriptions of buildings I do not care about your random conversations with random people about nothing in large part because I do not think they add up to anything Well well I vaguely remembered a review of a novel possibly not this one in which a guy thinks about Foucault For some reason I thought I was in the mood for that last night and started this book Bad idea As if all my above indifferences were not Oh Brother Oh Sister enough the prose reminded me of Joseph O Neill s Netherland For instance As interesting as my research project was I was conducting a clinical study of affective disorders in thelderly the level of detail it demanded was of an intricacy that The Lord Peter Wimsey Radio Dramas exceeded anythinglse I had done thus far Where was Cole s ditor when he was writing this rather than say My research project was interesting I was conducting x But it demanded far concentration from me than anything I had done before it or any other variation on the sentence that doesn t involve nonsense how can a level of detail be intricate and barbarous why put level of detail before involve nonsense how can a level of detail be intricate and barbarous why put level of detail before demanded A similar xample can a level of detail be intricate and barbarous why put level of detail before demanded A similar Henri Cartier Bresson example that room into which always seemed to flow a gentle and cool northern light he was surrounded by art from a lifetime of collecting Why is the verb before the subject of the verb in the second clause Why is this sentence not two sentences given that the In that room has nothing to do with the sentence s purpose I could go on but will refrain Throughout the book Cole s prose is falsely precise it sounds smart but is not and cold Then there is the constant name dropping which makes the book feel a bit like listening to NPR biographies of great men all men combined with mentions of the fact that their works are being consumed Tolstoy Borges Barthes Mahler El Greco on and on and on The book mentions almostveryone that a respectable middle class pseudo intellectual should have read listened to or seen And with only one The Extremely Unfortunate Skull Valley Incident exception nobody actually talks about those men or their works This is not pretentiousness I love pretentiousness A pretentious book would spend fifteen pages talking about whether Mahler was an ironist But this book is in general vulgar Which is not to say that there are no deep thoughts here There are many deep thoughts for instance to be alive it seemed to me was to be both original and reflection and to be dead was to be split off to be reflection alone The characters constantly talk about while neverxperiencing injustice whether due to race gender Grace Happens ethnicity or religion Etc Again NPR Spoilers in this paragraph In the last twenty pages or so Cole tries to justify all the silliness that has gone before First his narrator thinks about Paracelsus whose theory of Signs is meant toxplain the narrative strategy Beyond All Reason external material things can teach us about the inner realities That is why the narrator spends so much time looking at birds They are teaching him about himself Second SPOILER ALERT a woman accuses the narrator of raping her His response is to think about Nietzsche and Scaevola Now this will remind you that the narrator reacts to almostverything including getting mugged by thinking about something How To Tempt A Tycoon Savage Tales 5 Invitation To Eden 24 else He is hiding in his thoughts you see You can t trust him you see He mightven be a rapist though you can t trust the rape victim ither This is why the prose is so cold because you can t trust the narrator Even good NPR listening folks are untrustworthy because they perceive the world in their own way and not as it really is in itself note the only name the narrator doesn t drop is Kant Stories are untrustworthy Goo. Give him the opportunity to process his relationships his recent breakup with his girlfriend his present his pastBut it is not only a physical landscape he covers; Julius crisscrosses social territory as well. I ve been meaning to read this book just forever and I m delighted that I finally did On balance it s a very lovely very thoughtful very soft book Soft probably seems like a bizarre word but I mean it in a specific way that I ve never uite been able to articulate I feel it with certain Margaret Atwood books but also with Alejandro Zambra s The Private Lives of Trees It s a uality of stillness of meandering when I open books like this it s as if a hush descends and the prose unfurls as if through molasses Does this happen to anyone lse If it s not clear this also involves a certain slowness About 60 pages in someone asked me the dreaded uestion What s it about and I could not answer her at all For at least the first half it s not about much of anything it s a long rambling wander from the vantage point of a deep thinker who relishes his solitude and can be distracted by or inclined to meditate deeply upon anything from a blind painter to a historical monument to the demigod Obatala He meets a former professor in his apartment for an intellectual chat goes to a picnic with some friends that is interrupted by surprise parachuters rambles down street after street into this gallery that bar this park that restaurant thinking and thinking and thinking all the whileIn the middle of the book he takes a trip to Brussels and the pace picks up but just a bit He meets a retired female surgeon on the plane and then a fiery political philosopher working at an internet caf he has conversations walks some arguments some sex Throughout we catch glimpses of his childhood in Nigeria his Fast And Easy Emotional Trauma And Ptsd Treatment estrangement from his family his complicated feelings toward hisx girlfriend his intense life of the mind all his griefs and loves and sorrows It s ultimately a very moving book with ideas and perspectives I found fascinating and challenging But it took me twice as long as it usually does to read a book of this size partly because although once I was in it it was like floating in a sensory deprivation tank when I wasn t I often found it difficult to motivate to pick it upHere to close is a bit of Teju meditating on his day and also naturally the The Marvel Super Heroes Guide Book entirity of the human conditionInstinctively saving a baby a little happiness spending time with Rwandans the ones who survived a little sadness the idea of our final anonymity a little sadness sexual desire fulfilled without complication a little happiness And it went on like that as thought succeeded thought How petty seemed to me the human condition that we were subject to this constant struggle to modulate the internalnvironment this ndless being tossed about like a cloud Predictably the mind noted that judgment too and assigned it its place a little sadnessGives you the chills a little bit right Or at least it does me This book meandered from continent to continent At times I was absolutely bored despite some really beautiful and impressive passages No one can doubt Cole s absolute command for the historical or philosophical but as a criticism of how it appears in this text I m just not interested in very mundane human interaction with a stranger or old friend Further the plot twist in Chapter 20 didn t feel real or Mountain Man Mountain Man 1 even remotely connected to the last 19 chapters that I had just diligently waded through I am still uestioning the twist because I feel like it s tied to some larger dialogue about memory without the protagonist havingven a single moment of cognitive dissonance His reaction left much to be desired for such a man of letters and thought A plotless book with a plot twist I don t doubt thought A plotless book with a plot twist I don t doubt the twist happened as some have suggested in articles I read online what I doubt now are Julius other interactions "In The TextI Have Been And Am "the textI have been and am in Cole s nonfiction work and will continue to read it I will also read his next title hoping he does something completely new I ve now read all three of Cole s books I admire Hola Amigos each of them chiefly for the sense of place and the sense of self Here Julius a sophisticated psychiatry resident wanders the streets of Manhattan and Brussels meeting people hearing stories and dredging up memories from hisarly life in Nigeria I was the listener the compassionate African who paid attention to the details of someone Their Words Are Music else s life and struggle I loved the mixture ofxternal vents and internal shifts a startling revelation about his past that he never deals with is just as momentous as a muggingClass and race are particularly subtle in this novel From time to time Julius meets a fellow African or African American man who plays up their ssential brotherhood Being biracial he s not always sure how he feels about thatI feared this would be one of those aimless plotless novels but the storyline is strong Oxford Specialist Handbook Of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology And Nutrition Oxford Specialist Handbooks In Paediatrics enough to tie together the peripatetic setup Favorite lines How petty seemed to me the human condition that we were subject to this constant struggle to modulate the internalnvironment this Principles Of Wood Science And Technology endless being tossed about like a cloud Wexperience life as a continuity and only after it falls away after it becomes the past do we see its discontinuities The past if there is such a thing is mostly The Greeks Chosen Wife empty space greatxpanses of nothing in which significant persons and vents float Each person must on some level take himself as the calibration point for normalcy must assume that THE ROOM OF HIS OWN MIND room of his own mind not cannot be ntirely opaue to him Perhaps this is what we mean by sanity that whatever our self admitted Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases eccentricities might be we are not the villains of our own stories I finished this book too late to review it yesterday and I was hoping that sleeping on it would help to clarify my thoughts but my opinions remain On a flight to Belgium a third of the way through the book narratorhuman palimpsest Julius muses that conversations with strangers on planes uickly turn tir. Along the streets of Manhattan a young Nigerian doctor doing his residency wanders aimlessly The walks meet a need for Julius they are a release from the tightly regulated mentalnvironment of work and they. ,


D liberals are untrustworthy And now having amused yourself with this story reinforcing your awareness of your liberal guilt and thus sloughing it you can get back to the martini party The book is saved from my toilet paper pile by the conversation our narrator has with a young man in Belgium who is reading Benjamin This guy can actually talk about Benjamin rather than just name dropping him which rather throws our narrator off Cole doesn t bring up Walter s famous and relevant claim that There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism But it should come to mind at the nd of the novel In any case the passion this young man shows for the justice and duties of Islam were so pleasant in the face of verything Archies Double Digest The Archie Digest Library No 147 else on offer that I could conceivably go back to re read those pages And if Colever gets an Les Misrables editor worthy of his ambition I mightven read his later books Stepping off the kerbSo here s the conundrum If you are writing the sort of novel that refuses to do any of the traditional jobs of an old fashioned novel like fulfil a uest solve a puzzle achieve redemption map a transition from one state to another if it denies the idea of an arc of tension or indeed a plot of any kind in fact then how do you finish it Here we have Julius walking around Sebald like in New York then walking around in Brussels where he vaguely thinks about looking for his Oma but undertakes practically no steps to do so and then walking around in New York again All artificiality of plot has been dispensed with no cause and A History Of The Inquisition Of The Middle Ages Complete Volume 1 2 And 3 effect no because no therefore no as a conseuence Every decision where to turn left how long to remain lost in thought in front of an abandoned building whether to watch the sun set over New Jersey or lope in the shadows on the East Side looking across to ueens was inconseuential and was for that reason a reminder of freedom This freedom gives play to his imagination yes to free associations to openness Strangely artificially though the film Julius goes to the people he meets the troubles of the patients he treats the demos he sees the illegal immigrant hencounters as part of a Welcoming project Dead Season even the man who shines his shoes appear in order to foregroundvery atrocity of the twentieth century that you might possibly think of internment camps lynchings mass Find You And You Find Everything exterminations genocide rape hate crimes from Haiti to the Holocaust from Rwanda to Pol Pot Idi Armin Columbine Charles Taylor and the Russians in East Germany at thend of WW2Once Julius got to Brussels I got an inkling that this might turn into something radically political the juxtaposition of the information that Brussels was declared an open city during WW2 thus one that was undefended open for the invading forces to walk in with the debates with Farou a Moroccan got me wondering if he was figuring immigrants as the invading forces but that faded uietly away as Julius left and returned to New York and to mundane day to day forms of violence And there s the point all these issues are only touched lightly in passing We forget the past and walk on unseeing overlooking the memorials obliterating the past our past Julius is as culpable as Stripped Down Dangerous 2 everyman he may be observant but he forgets oh man how he forgets So to get back to my uestion How to finish Here a first person narrator telling us his story so we can hardly have him step off the kerb in front of a yellow cab and stop mid sentence The naturalnd would be death but how to get there without killing off the Narrator Sebald In The Rings Sebald in The Rings Saturn to which book Cole is obviously paying hommage traces a silken thread to finality through the use of that woven material for ueen Victoria s mourning dress or for covering up the kind of paintings that might waylay a soul on its path to heaven cole here uses a path to heaven Cole here uses a allegory that involves Mahler s Ninth and Julius stepping out not into the road but out the wrong door of the Carnegie Hall which leaves him suspended between sky and A Voice Within earth and then taking a ferry ride that can only conjure thoughts of Charon Andven if there is no arc of action no redemption in this novel there is an architecture of repeated patterns for instance in the shape of birds In the wonderful closing metaphor the beacon of light of the Statue of Liberty Send these the homeless tempest tost to me was fatally disorienting to thousands of storm tossed birds They may have dodged the cluster of skyscrapers in the city but they lost their bearings when faced with a single monumental flameI m going to stop here But have I finished there s the uestion Reading Cole s Open City was kind of like giving someone the black person head nod and the other person staring back at you like you re crazy That s basically what I felt like you re crazy That s basically what I felt struggling to finish this book I bought the novel as an act of solidarity because he is a young black writer w after finally reading this book and listening to the awed murmurings that accompany any mention of it i m mostly just awash in a sea of confusion a lot of reviews point to how teju cole defies stereotype i assume this refers to the stereotypical third world oppressionpoverty porn crap that s lining the shelves these days though saying that a book defies stereotype isn t about how good the book is it s about how bad Soviet Marxism everythinglse is in comparison as compliments go it s a piss poor one there s also much admiration in reviews about this dude s loving descriptions of the inconseuential the rain the pavement the plastic seat in the subway that sort of thing but the ability to describe minutia in painful detail doesn t ual the capacity for profound thought unless you re michael cunningham but who is nowadays teju cole s a decent writer this much is obvious the solitary narrator format would ve been a total disaster in the hands of someone Encountering people from different cultures and classes who will provide insight on his journey which takes him to Brussels to the Nigeria of his youth and into the most unrecognizable facets of his own soul. ,

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    READ & DOWNLOAD Open City DOC Open City Reading online Stepping off the kerbSo here's the conundrum If you are writing the sort of novel that refuses to do any of the traditional jobs of an old fashioned novel like fulfil a uest solve a puzzle achieve redemption map a transition from one state to another if it denies the idea of an arc of tension or indeed a plot of any kind in fact th

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    READ & DOWNLOAD Open City Teju Cole Ð 1 READ REVIEW Ý BUSINESSCURRENCY.CO.UK Ð Teju Cole On a flight to Belgium a third of the way through the book narratorhuman palimpsest Julius muses that conversations with strangers on planes uickly turn tiresome for him rarely rewarding his curiosity Ironic because that's how I began to feel about Julius's rambling digressions by about this time in the book That's not to say that he's never insightful—he's often brilliant in fact—but some of the observations are uite dull the

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    DOC Open City Reading online Teju Cole Ð 1 READ READ & DOWNLOAD Open City I've been meaning to read this book just forever and I'm delighted that I finally did On balance it's a very lovely very thoughtful very soft book Soft probably seems like a bizarre word but I mean it in a specific way that I've never uite been able to articulate; I feel it with certain Margaret Atwood books but also with Alejandro Zambra's The Private Lives of Trees It's a uality of stillness of meandering—when I open books like this it'

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