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I'm about 400 pages into City on Fire....
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Don't worry, friends, no spoilers.

Well, I'm basically enjoying it. It's a good book. It's one of those huge books that has a lot of scope, even if most of its set in a single year. Good characters that represent points of view, good ideas. It's not amazing, though. I don't know if things get better in the second half, but I don't know WHY this was paid $2 million for. Or, why it took 10 years to write. If we're talking expansive novels, and things considered by some to be the great American novel, look at Underworld (which has clearly influenced this), Gone with the Wind, or a few others.

I was hoping this a "proper" high-brow book, with lots of complexity, and advanced language. A bit like Infinite Jest. But outside of its size, it doesn't really seem different to any regular book. I don't know.

Thoughts on this? I know a few people on this board have read it, because one of them recommended it to me. Not saying I regret buying it, just that I don't understand why some people think it's great.
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I don't think it's Great American Novel great, but it's definitely one of the better novels of the past five years. In twenty years it'll probably be considered a classic.
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>>7619413
who is this gam clam?
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>>7619448
No one knows

http://m.imgur.com/a/GI4KS
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I'm only 100ish pages in and my impressions so far are that he has a good facility with language and the drama is compelling, but it seems kind of lightweight thematically and basically "middlebrow". I'm glad I picked it up though.
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>>7619486
eh...
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>>7619486
But we have top men working on it.
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