Open City by Teju Cole audiobook

Open City

By Teju Cole
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9.03 Hours Unabridged
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Acclaimed author Teju Cole's writing has appeared in numerous journals in Nigeria and the United States. His second novel, Open City is the story of a Nigerian-German psychiatrist making a living in New York City five years after the Twin Towers were destroyed. The tale emerges as a rich and unforgettable meditation of life and culture. "The soft, exquisite rhythms of its prose, the display of sensibility, the lucid intelligence, make it a novel to savour and treasure."-Colm TOibIn

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2012 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

A 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 2011 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

A 2011 Kansas City Star Top 100 Book for Fiction

A 2011 Slate Magazine Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 Seattle Times Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 Los Angeles Times Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 Economist Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction

A 2011 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction

A 2011 NPR Best Book for Fiction

A 2011 Guardian Best Book of the Year for Fiction

Acclaimed author Teju Cole's writing has appeared in numerous journals in Nigeria and the United States. His second novel, Open City is the story of a Nigerian-German psychiatrist making a living in New York City five years after the Twin Towers were destroyed. The tale emerges as a rich and unforgettable meditation of life and culture. "The soft, exquisite rhythms of its prose, the display of sensibility, the lucid intelligence, make it a novel to savour and treasure."-Colm TOibIn

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An indelible debut...a compassionate and masterly work.” New York Times Book Review
Open City is a meditation on history and culture, identity and solitude. The soft, exquisite rhythms of its prose, the display of sensibility, the lucid intelligence, make it a novel to savor and treasure.” Colm Tóibín, New York Times bestselling author
“Magnificent and shattering. A remarkably resonant feat of prose.” Seattle Times
“Beautiful, subtle, and finally, original...What moves the prose forward is the prose—the desire to write, to defeat solitude by writing. Cole has made his novel as close to a diary as a novel can get, with room for reflection, autobiography, stasis, and repetition. This is extremely difficult, and many accomplished novelists would botch it, since a sure hand is needed to make the writer’s careful stitching look like a thread merely being followed for its own sake. Mysteriously, wonderfully, Cole does not botch it.” New Yorker
“A clear-eyed and mysterious achievement, a modern meditation that is both complex and utterly simple.” Economist
“A work of great originality, sophistication and—a precious rarity in first novels these days—brevity.” Independent (London)
“A complicated portrait of a narrator whose silences speak as loudly as his words—all articulated in an effortlessly elegant prose…Teju Cole has achieved, in this book, a rare balance. He captures life’s urgent banality, and he captures, too, the ways in which the greater subjects glimmer darkly in the interstices.” New York Review of Books
“The most thoughtful and provocative debut I’ve read in a long time.” Daily Beast
“The pages of Open City unfold with a tempo of a profound, contemporary walk through layers of histories and their posthumous excavations. The juxtaposition of encounters, seen through the eyes of a knowing flâneur, surface and then dissolve like a palimpsest composed, outside of time, by a brilliant master.” Rawi Hage, author of De Niro’s Game
“A gorgeous, crystalline, and cumulative investigation of memory, identity, and erasure. It gathers its power inexorably, page by page, and ultimately reveals itself as nothing less than a searing tour de force. Teju Cole might just be a W. G. Sebald for the twenty-first century.” Anthony Doerr, author of The Shell Collector
“[An] intelligent and panoramic first novel...engaged with the world in a rare and refreshing way.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Masterful.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Unique and pensive.” Booklist
“Poignant and compelling.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Teju Cole

Author Bio: Teju Cole

Teju Cole was raised in Nigeria and came to the United States in 1992. He is a writer, photographer, and professional historian of early Netherlandish art. He lives in New York City.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 9.03
Audience: Adult
Language: English