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Amnesia Moon [Paperback]

Jonathan Lethem
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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19 Oct 1995
A science fiction novel.

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  • Paperback: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; paperback / softback edition (19 Oct 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340632240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340632246
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,652,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Lethem was born in New York and attended Bennington College.

He is the author of seven novels including Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn, which was named Novel of the Year by Esquire and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Salon Book Award, as well as the Macallan Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger.

He has also written two short story collections, a novella and a collection of essays, edited The Vintage Book of Amnesia, guest-edited The Year's Best Music Writing 2002, and was the founding fiction editor of Fence magazine.

His writings have appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, McSweeney's and many other periodicals.

He lives in Brooklyn, New York

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For those who fancy a fast read of far-out fantasy and colorful characters who march to profoundly different drummers, Amnesia Moon is sure to delight. -- San Francisco Chronicle

an intriguing and accomplished novel: funny, inventive and ultimately cheering. -- Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By the author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and imaginative 16 July 2010
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
Set in a post apocalyptic USA, nothing is quite as it seems. Chaos, aka Everett, the main character cannot remember exactly who he is let alone what caused the break from the world before to the world now, and he cannot find satisfactory answers in Hatfork Wyoming, the dilapidated town populated with mutants where he has a position of some sort of oversight, so he sets of to find answers, taking with him a young mutant girl.

He may not find all the answers he's looking for, but along the way he does find love and hope, although it may not exactly match the dreams he's been having, the dreams that started his doubting.

In Amnesia Moon dreams and reality become confused in a sort of modern day Alice in Wonderland; funny, thought provoking and highly imaginative.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only Flashes of Genius 25 Sep 2003
I picked this up because I'd really enjoyed Lethem's "Gun With Occasional Music", "Motherless Brooklyn", and parts of "The Wall of the Sky, The Wall of the Eye". Unfortunately, this surrealist sci-fi road-trip never leads anywhere interesting. Chaos, the amnesiac hero, is on a quest to discover the truth of what what happened the world (we are given hints of alien attack, nuclear/biological holocaust, etc.) and his own identity. However, memory, time and truth seem to be totally subjective in this landscape and are somehow dictated and controlled by his dreams. The overwhelming subjectivity results in a surprisingly dull roadtrip, as he struggles to find himself in a world which makes no sense. As with some of Lethem's other work (especially his short stories), there are a some interesting ideas, flashes of genius writing, and the sense that Lethem doesn't know how to finish what he's started. Unless you're really into dreamlike surrealism, skip this one, 'cause Lethem's capable of much better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars plotless 13 July 2006
An often hilarious, frequenty scary and totally mesmerising first few chapters (the McDonaldonians are genius) gives way to a story with no mcguffin and no explanation. Whilst guaranteed to provoke conversation, any of the explanations for what goes on that you and your fellow readers come up with will disappoint equally well. What started out looking like a scathing satire quickly becomes Alice in Wonderland nonsense, and none the better for it.
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