More titles to consider

Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

With the purchase of Kobo VIP Membership, you're getting 10% off and 2x Kobo Super Points on eligible items.

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.
itemsitem

Ratings and Reviews

Overall rating

3.5 out of 5
6
5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Stars
1 2 2 1 0

Share your thoughts

You've already shared your review for this item. Thanks!

We are currently reviewing your submission. Thanks!

Complete your review

All Reviews

  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Long-winded and intense

    The thing about City on Fire is it is a veritable treasure trove of obscure vocabulary and characters whose observations could sometimes be startlingly familiar. There were such clever, vivid descriptions that sometimes it felt like I was reading a David Mitchell novel. But whereas Mitchell's work always seems to be very confident and self-directed, this got ahead of itself and tripped over its own ambition. And there were such promising threads and story arcs! The basic premise is that you are following a few distinct groups of people in 1970s New York - an upper class wealthy family and their offshoots (and issues), a group of punk destructivist 20-somethings, and some peripheral art scene/law enforcement characters as they try to unravel a shooting that takes place on New Years Eve. Connections are revealed gradually and you could almost feel like there was this neat little resolution just a few pages away - but the large cast of narrators could never get organized enough to make that a reality. I know that this was Mr. Hallberg's first novel, and I think the author's skill is there and quite impressive - with a little bit richer characterization and plot (and also, maybe, a little brevity - this book didn't need all 900+ pages) he will no doubt find himself on some award lists in the future.
6

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices:

  • DESKTOP
  • eREADERS
  • TABLETS
  • IOS
  • ANDROID
  • BLACKBERRY
  • WINDOWS