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by Nathaniel Rich

  • ISBN: 1594489904
  • Author: Nathaniel Rich
  • ePub ver: 1213 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 310
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (April 17, 2008)
  • Formats: lrf docx lit mbr
  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: United States
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The Mayor’s Tongue is a bold, vertiginous debut novel that unfolds in two complementary narratives, one following a. .

The Mayor’s Tongue is a bold, vertiginous debut novel that unfolds in two complementary narratives, one following a young man and the other an old man. The young man, Eugene Brentani, is a devotee of the reclusive author and adventurer Constance Eakins, now living in Italy. Here we are immersed in Rich’s vivid, enchanting world, full of captivating characters-the despairing Enzo, who wanders looking for a nameless love; the tiny, doll-like guide, Lang; and the grotesque Eakins. Over this strange, spectral landscape looms the Mayor, a mythic and monstrous figure considered a beautiful creator by his townspeople, whose pull ultimately becomes irresistible.

This is for my mother and my father. It was June when Eugene Brentani took the job at Aaronsen and Son Moving Company and subleased an apartment in Inwood from a man on his crew named Alvaro. Like many of the men who worked at Aaronsen and Son, Alvaro had recently emigrated from the Dominican Republic.

In its first pages, before hitting its stride, this debut novel by Nathaniel Rich elicits a sense of mild foreboding.

Nathaniel Rich (born March 5, 1980) is an American novelist and essayist. He is the author of "Losing Earth: A Recent History" (2019); the novels "King Zeno" (2018), Odds Against Tomorrow (2013), and The Mayor's Tongue (2008); and the 2005 non-fiction book San Francisco Noir: The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present.

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Nathaniel Rich, the debut author of The Mayor’s Tongue, deserves high praise for at least attempting to strike his own path with a fresh voice and ambitious storyline, even if the novel falls short of its wild postmodern ambitions. The book follows two primary narratives: Eugene Brentani is a college graduate who has taken up a job at a moving company in his home town, New York, where he meets the biographer of Constance Eakins, a famous writer whom Eugene idolises.

The Mayor’s Tongue is the title of the final, unfinished manuscript on which Eakins is said to be working. Nathaniel Rich’s characters and their relationships feel as though they might have been more at home in short fiction rather than a novel. We see small details, telling gestures, revealing sequences, rather than expansive, evolving arcs. The Mayor’s Tongue gathers (licks up?) fragments that could have made many different stories - but this is definitely a magical realist novel, not a thwarted collection of short pieces.

I read The Mayor's Tongue with ever-increasing delight, rooting with all my heart for the young protagonist on his near-mythic quest

I read The Mayor's Tongue with ever-increasing delight, rooting with all my heart for the young protagonist on his near-mythic quest. a brave book, a novel brimming with brio.

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One of the most original, dazzling, and critically acclaimed debut novels this year. Funny, Moving, Inventive, Weird. com User, April 23, 2008. It's the only piece the NYRB has ever published on Pasolini, and that said something important to me. The NYRB doesn't mess around.

Follows the dual stories of two men, including young Eugene, a passionate reader who devotes himself to an adventurer writer, and elderly Mr. Schmitz, who in a series of increasingly ominous letters to a missing friend describes his growing desperation about his wife's deteriorating health. A first novel.
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After some of my reading lately, I am in dire need of a book or two that is ordinary, that tells a realistic story straight through from beginning to end. This, alas, is not such a one. It begins clearly enough with a young man, Eugene, taking a job with a moving company in New York, and working for an elderly biographer to move his huge collection of memorabilia of the great American writer Constance Eakins (who, despite his first name, is a self-mythologizing man's man à la Hemingway). Eakins, who disappeared thirty years before, is supposed to have been sighted near Trieste, and Eugene is sent to Italy to find him, and also to track down the biographer's beautiful daughter who went off on her own accord. As a counterpoint, two other elderly characters will appear, Rutherford and Schmitz, two former GIs who bonded in the Anzio campaign. They too will head separately to Italy before the half-way point.

The author, however, has been playing amusing tricks with language all along the way. Eugene, for example, has a room-mate named Alvaro from a valley in the Dominican Republic so isolated that its people speak a dialect nobody else can understand. Alvaro, who has written a novel in this language, gets Eugene to translate it, which he does even though he does not even know standard Spanish. This is analogous to the situation in one of Eakins' own stories, about a blind painter who so meticulously researched his subjects that, especially in his portraits, he could achieve an insight inaccessible to sighted artists. Eugene will meet an enthusiast for Esperanto -- a made-up language from the 1870s proposed as a universal tongue for all mankind -- who explains about a "region in inner China where people spoke a dialect of the language so evolved that it was incomprehensible to other Esperanto speakers." When Schmitz meets up with Rutherford in Italy, he finds his apartment covered with Post-It notes giving the word for everything. Only these are in English; in becoming fluent in Italian, Rutherford has entirely lost the use of his native tongue. Whether dealing with miraculous communication or its failure, it is clear that Nathaniel Rich has been reading his Borges.

So far, so good. But the doings in the last hundred pages largely lost me. Most of the characters congregate in the Carso, aka the Slovenian Karst, a vast limestone plateau behind Trieste, riddled with caves and hidden rivers and enfolding its own culture. Rich takes advantage of this strange environment to create a literary and linguistic space-and-time-warp, in which fictional characters consort with real ones, to the point where (for this reader at least) even reality becomes suspect, and language has very little meaning.

I think my next book choice will be an ordinary detective story.
The blending of two characters' stories as they traveled from New York to Italy becomes confusing, but I think that is Rich's intent. There is a blurring of the lines between fiction and reality, with the actual fictional characters of whom the fictional authors are writing come to life. They make up an entire city in the case of one author. I was intrigued enough to finish it, but sometimes the reader felt as lost as the characters.
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Various characters think, dream and imagine. Each one is clearly brought to life and they all search for something: love, a favorite author, a woman, a way of life. Their dreams, their imagination or their writing converge towards an idyllic place, isolated somewhere in Italy. The mood is fairytale-like and anything is possible. They don't always find what they are looking for but whatever they find, it seems to bring them peace. I was immersed in this story (or these stories) until the end. My compliments to the young author.
The title of this review says it all. I liked the first half of the book and couldn't put it down. The second half of the book got really weird and I couldn't wait to put it down.
This novel alternates between two different story lines. They never intersect. One peters out and goes nowhere. The other becomes ridiculous. Very disappointing.
Eugene is a mover in New York City whose favorite author is Constance Eakins. While doing a job one day, he runs into a biographer of Eakins who also happens to have a beautiful daughter, Sonia. Everyone else in the world believes Eakins is dead -- that he just disappeared in Italy quite a few years back and never showed up again. He's legally declared dead by the Italian authorities. Sonia's father, the biographer, demands that it isn't so -- that his daughter speaks to Eakins regularly. But, no one has heard from her after her latest trip to Italy. Eugene decides to look for Sonia.

Meanwhile in a parallel story, an elderly Mr. Schmitz, also a New Yorker, is grieving the loss of his friend Rutherford who has just moved to Italy. He receives lucid letters from Rutherford at first, but then they become more and more incomprehensible. Schmitz also decides to take off for Italy to look for his friend.

This was a bizarre story that was unique enough to keep me reading and wanting to find out more. The book has quite a few fantasy elements too, and that was unexpected, but it certainly added to the story. It's definitely a different book.

This is Nathaniel Rich's first novel.
I like strange books, but this one was just too far out there. Like he was trying to be weird for the sake of being weird, and including scenes (like weird sex voyeur scenes and visits to random people) that weren't connected to anything and did nothing to either develop the characters or advance the plot.

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