City of God: A Novel
Random House, 2000 - 272 ページ
In his workbook, a New York City novelist records the contents of his teeming brain--sketches for stories, accounts of his love affairs, riffs on the meanings of popular songs, ideas for movies, obsessions with cosmic processes. He is a virtual repository of the predominant ideas and historical disasters of the age. But now he has found a story he thinks may be-come his next novel: The large brass cross that hung behind the altar of St. Timothy's, a run-down Episco-pal church in lower Manhattan, has disappeared...and even more mysteriously reappeared on the roof of the Synagogue for Evolutionary Judaism, on the Upper West Side. The church's maverick rector and the young woman rabbi who leads the synagogue are trying to learn who committed this strange double act of desecration and why. Befriending them, the novelist finds that their struggles with their respective traditions are relevant to the case. Into his workbook go his taped interviews, insights, preliminary drafts...and as he joins the clerics in pursuit of the mystery, it broadens to implicate a large cast of vividly drawn characters--including scientists, war veterans, prelates, Holocaust survivors, cabinet members, theologians, New York Times reporters, filmmakers, and crooners--in what proves to be a quest for an authentic spirituality at the end of this tortured century.
Daringly poised at the junction of the sacred and the profane, and filled with the sights and sounds of New York, this dazzlingly inventive masterwork emerges as the American novel readers have been thirsting for: a defining document of our times, a narrative of the twentieth century written for the twenty-first.
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Bend time , change things , put things in , leave things out . You're not sworn to include everything . Or to make something happen the way it did . Facts can be inhibiting . Actuality is beside the point . Irrelevant .
I have for example distinguished things , which inertly exist or just lie there , from facts , which are the propositions of things in relationship , in much the same spirit that Flaubert ( who , though a Frenchman , is worthy of our ...
Taste of ashes in the basement , the things in your life you don't remember till it's time to die . Goddamn stuff on my tongue . Oilcloth with knife scratches , pattern of tiny yellow flowers over the kitchen table .
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LibraryThing Reviewユーザー レビュー - woolgathering - LibraryThing
The best book I read in 2007, hands down. I enjoyed it so much and found it so inspiring that I scanned a page, printed it out, highlighted an important sentence, and mailed it to my beloved. It is now hanging on his wall. One of few books I wish had arms so that I could hug them. レビュー全文を読む
LibraryThing Reviewユーザー レビュー - charlie68 - LibraryThing
Vivid descriptions of life in a Nazi labour camp and of a bomber being shot down and crash landing in World War Two are the highlights of this book. The arcane arguments for the existence of God and faith while interesting may muddy the waters rather than clearing things up. レビュー全文を読む