ISBN-10: 1400076803
ISBN-13: 9781400076802
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 11/08/2005
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.32" W, 0.69" H

Men and Cartoons


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A boozy ex-military captain trapped in a mysterious vessel searches for his runaway son, an aging superhero settles into academia, and a professional dystopianist receives a visit from a suicidal sheep. Men and Cartoons contains eleven fantastical, amusing, and moving stories written in a dizzying array of styles that shows the remarkable range and power of Lethem’s vision. Sometimes firmly grounded in reality, and other times spinning off into utterly original imaginary worlds, this book brings together marvelous characters with incisive social commentary and thought provoking allegories.

 A visionary and creative collection that only Jonathan Lethem could have produced, the Vintage edition features two stories not published in the hardcover edition, The Shape We’re In and Interview with the Crab.

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A strikingly original collection . . . imaginative, insightful, witty and sad. –Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An already dazzling writer shows us a new card. . . . Men and Cartoons ends on a note that portends Lethem's most experimental turn yet: toward human love as [a transporting] alternate universe. . . . Lethem in a new, more nakedly personal key. –San Francisco Chronicle

Lethem is the man to beat in fiction these days. . . . Every tale of ennui, cosmic regret and petty yearning is perfectly realized. The brevity of the book and perfection of the stories puts every other member of his generation to shame. –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ineffably poignant. –Time

His sheer inventiveness is a treat. . . . Affecting and clever, these tales are standouts. –People

Terrific. . . . Lethem captures the world we know and the one hovering just beyond our periphery. –The Baltimore Sun

A pleasure. . . . These stories offer potent little distillations of Lethem's considerable imagination. –Entertainment Weekly

Compelling. . . . Effective. . . . Intelligent and poignant. . . . Strange, amusing, haunting. . . . Lethem has what musicians call 'chops, ' or technical mastery. He can mix and match prose styles and literary genres to create glittering fictional artifacts. . . . Each of these nine tales rewards the reader in some way–through an insight, a scene or simply the force of the author's imagination. –St. Petersburg Times

Bristling with familiarity. . . . Theme[s] that resonate. . . . [Lethem is] adept at letting palpable human experiences emerge from absurd, fantastical situations. –The San Diego Union-Tribune

Nuanced. . . . Resonates with intense force. –Newsday

Laugh-out-loud funny tales of love, flamboyance, and childhood memories. –Elle

Smart. . . . Original. . . . Memorable. . . . Lethem is . . . [like] the Coen Brothers of fiction. –The Seattle Times

Men and Cartoons will open up a vast new world to readers unfamiliar with Lethem's oeuvre. . . . The entries are uniformly fine–each in its own way representative of Lethem's mastery of whatever style he attempts. –Rocky Mountain News

Fantastic. –Vanity Fair

Engaging. . . . A Lethem primer. . . . The characters of Men and Cartoons need their stories to be told. –The Village Voice

Jonathan Lethem spits out genres like curse words–from sci-fi to pseudo-erotica to the

epistolary. His narrative psychosis is our disturbed enjoyment. –Genre Magazine

Wonderful. . . . A collection of tales based in Brooklyn but permeated with fantasy [from] the very talented Mr. Lethem. –The Hartford Courant

Lethem at his best. . . . [An] appealing array of stories [that] exemplify Lethem's talents as a profoundly imaginative writer. –Chattanooga Times Free Press

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ISBN-10: 1400076803
ISBN-13: 9781400076802
Publisher: Vintage
Publish Date: 11/08/2005
Dimensions: 8.00" L, 5.32" W, 0.69" H
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