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The Thieves of Manhattan: A Novel (original 2010; edição 2010)

por Adam Langer (Autor)

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Enraged about the literary successes of his ex-girlfriend and her new lover, Ian, an aspiring writer and coffee shop employee, becomes involved in a scheme to pen a bogus memoir and discovers unsettling industry hypocrisies.
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Título:The Thieves of Manhattan: A Novel
Autores:Adam Langer (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2010), Edition: No Edition Stated, 259 pages
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Interesting meta-fiction novel of the publishing world scandals of seven years ago. NY inside industry inside gossip, funny eponyms ("atwood, chabon, lish, daisy), con games with confident men, love stories, scandals, revenge, meta-art world, creative use of the Dewey Decimal System. Very readable, amusing aesthetic. Went quickly and I read most of the pages. ( )
  ReneeGKC | Jun 23, 2017 |
I'm in the book business so this would probably be a little "Inside Baseball" for an average reader but I enjoyed a lot of the inside jokes and despaired at the cutthroat descriptions of the different aspects of the book business. It's also a little meta (sometimes a little too meta) but overall I found myself sucked in by the twists and turns of the story within the story within the story. Red herrings abound and it's a mystery and a love letter and peer critique all at once. ( )
1 vote Brainannex | Oct 25, 2013 |
No time at the moment for more than a few words, alas . . .

An extraordinarily readable, fast-moving fantasy that's also in large part a frighteningly accurate (though often hilarious) satire of NYC commercial publishing. Very inventive and tremendous fun -- what more could you ask?
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  JohnGrant1 | Aug 11, 2013 |
This one is a ton of fun. It's a literary caper with a healthy sense for the absurd that takes place within the publishing industry (name checking every luminary in the field along the way).

It's smart, funny, and inventive and executed deftly enough that it won't leave non-book-nerds in the dust.

It proives once again that Langer's weakness is his strength: every book is different and has to stand entirely on its own merits. Ths one totally does. ( )
  JohnHastie | Apr 5, 2013 |
I really enjoyed this book from the get-go, but the author really too it up a notch about two-thirds of the way through. It was a great read; a lot of that came from the insider knowledge of publishing - it's a huge wink-and-nod to that - but I think anyone could enjoy it. I read the glossary first, and there are a few terms I wish would become common usage (e.g the verb "lish," meaning to edit savagely; the verb "kerouac," meaning to drive cross-country). Overall, really entertaining and inventive, and "meta" without making a big deal about itself; it reminded me a little of The Imperfectionists, maybe because of the industry focus, because that was an entirely different book.

"And maybe that was a good way to write a story, he thought - start with reality, take a vicious left turn, slam on the gas, never look back. Maybe all stories started with "What if?"" (46-47)

"I felt confident, not only in my ability to write stories and see them through to the end, but in my ability to do the same thing with my life. I could find another job, that wouldn't be hard; I could make my rent, millions of other people did; I would fall in love with someone else, and someday I'd look back at this period as the one that had prepared me for the rest of my life." (80)

"...or perhaps in some other foreign country whose language he didn't speak, one where it would take him a lifetime to understand what old traditions were passing, so he wouldn't regret their disappearance." (149)

"This pace might have been inconvenient for the industry as a whole, but it was phenomenally useful to the con artist who knew how to exploit the flaws of a world that spun at two different speeds." (152)

"I imagined what it must have felt like to be the Beatles in Hamburg." (156)

"But I couldn't help noticing some undercurrent of regret or resentment, as if perhaps what he had always wanted was coming true but far too late and not in the way he had intended." (170)

"...all these clues for a mystery that she still couldn't solve." (227) ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
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