The City & The City: A Novel by China Miéville

The City & The City: A Novel

byChina Miéville

Kobo ebook | May 26, 2009

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, THE SEATTLE TIMES, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
 
When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen. With Ul Qoman detective Qussim Dhatt, Borlú is enmeshed in a sordid underworld of nationalists intent on destroying their neighboring city, and unificationists who dream of dissolving the two into one. As the detectives uncover the dead woman’s secrets, they begin to suspect a truth that could cost them more than their lives. What stands against them are murderous powers in Beszel and in Ul Qoma: and, most terrifying of all, that which lies between these two cities.

**BONUS: This edition contains a The City & The City discussion guide and excerpts from China Miéville's Kraken and Embassytown.

China Miéville was born in Norwich, England on September 6, 1972. He received a B.A. in social anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 1994, and a Masters' degree with distinction and Ph.D in international relations from the London School of Economics, the latter in 2001. He has also held a Frank Knox fellowship at Harvard Uni...
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Title:The City & The City: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 26, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345515668

ISBN - 13:9780345515667

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Weird mystery I must have liked the book because I flew through it over the weekend. But the mystery falls a little flat in the end. I won't get into it, but the solving of the mystery didn't really do anything for me. And despite having read the whole book, I don't think Mieville ever paints the picture of how the merged cities actually look and feel. That last part might be the fault of the reader but the image never fully developed in my head. This book shared the 2010 Hugo with The Windup Girl. Two very different books. Between the two, I prefer Windup Girl. 3 likes
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book Part mystery, Sci-fi and anti-fantasy. This is a very interesting book, and a departure from much of Mieville's other novels. His style is much more stripped down, and there a less Mievillian neologism compared to his other works. But it is still an intriguing novel that escapes being pinned down. As he says in the interview at the back of this edition, this novel should not be read as a strict allegory of the West's relationship with the Middle East, such a reading is too reductive for the complex and ambiguous story that he crafts. Very thought provoking and very timely for thinking about nationalism in eastern Europe today and the issues of Western European hegemony.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique Really loved this book, it felt familiar but unlike anything I'd ever read. Great for mystery and/or sci-fi lovers, although it defies both those genres. My only warning is that it's a bit impenetrable to begin; the world building and whole new vocabulary takes work on the reader's part and while it was worth it, I wouldn't recommend this as a mindless read.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Book The only way describe this book is a noir, mystery book in a present day fantasy setting. I could not put this book down and would recommend this book to a variety of readers.
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a mystery meets a fantasy "The City & the City" is in some ways a crime noir mystery that follows a plot something like the 1949 movie "The Third Man." Things never seem to feel right and everything seems confused. This is not overly surprising: as the novel progress, the reader begins to learn that the setting is very unusual. There are two cities but somehow - and we never really learn the 'how' - the two cities co-inhabit the same space, or almost the same space. The two populations exist side-by-side but do not interact. And, the crime involves a murder in one of these cities and the dumping of the body in the other. This unusual fantastical space is essential for the unfolding of the plot. While intriguing, the story dwells to much on exploring this unusual world without nailing down what it is. On top of it, mysterious organization may or may not control it all. In someways, it was like "The Da Vinci Code" mixed with lots of '30s crime noir and a setting kind of like Harry Potter. Think London and Diagon Alley or the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. The City & the City was a strange book.
Date published: 2011-11-18