On The City And The City


“‘No two persons ever read the same book,’ the writer and critic Edmund Wilson said. Let me expand that sentiment outward into the geography of experience: it seems increasingly clear to me that no two persons live in the same city.”

At The Millions, an insightful commentary on China Mieville’s The City And The City.

I read that novel last year and was determined to write about it. But I failed.  Now everyone is talking about it, and many of my friends claim it’s their new favorite book.

My own response was somewhat tepid: I enjoyed the book as a weird sci-fi noir but found the dialogue, characterization and description a bit wanting.

Yet that ceased to matter because the central idea of the novel is ingenious (which I won’t reveal here.)

Michael Berger is a barely-published writer and book-seller living in San Francisco. He is one of the founding Corsairs of the Iron Garters Bike Club and is currently pursuing a degree in applied pataphysics. He sometimes eats oatmeal for dinner. More from this author →