The City and the City is a multiple award-winning science fiction detective novel by China Mieville. This is one of those books I re-read every once in a while. Such a fascinating concept! This author is one I can't recommend highly enough. You can't go wrong choosing one of his books.
from the back of the book:
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 Borlu of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlu must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Quma. 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, Borlu is enmeshed in a sordid under-world 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.The Guardian begins with this: "China Miéville is perhaps the current generation's finest writer of science fantasy"; and ends with this: "Keeping his grip firmly on an idea which would quickly slip from the hands of a less skilled writer, Miéville again proves himself as intelligent as he is original." The Telegraph says, "it sparks thought in a way that more conventional novels would never dare to."
SF Reviews closes a positive review by saying, "At just over 300 pages, it's his shortest book, but also his most efficiently constructed and fast paced. And the sociopolitical themes explored in its subtext just make The City & the City doubly rewarding." Kirkus Reviews calls it a "spectacularly, intricately paranoid yarn". Publishers Weekly calls it an "outstanding take on police procedurals". The Masters Review says the book "unites speculative fiction with the noir detective novel."
It's been adapted as a 4-episode BBC Two series, but we don't get that channel. It's now showing on Amazon Prime, which we do get, and we watched it last month. Here's the trailer for the miniseries:
Just watched the trailer. That looks good!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed it.Delete
I started reading this about five years ago and couldn't get into it. I think the mini-series would have helped me understand the two cities better. I wish I had Prime, but I don't.ReplyDelete
The book definitely appeals to me. I've read it 3 times lol. The TV adaptation emphasizes different aspects of the story than I did in my mind as I read it, but it's still remarkably faithful.Delete
We need to decide whether or not to renew Prime once our freebie expires. We've found it saves us from having to buy the DVDs of shows we want to watch but not re-watch, and the free shipping saves us some (but then we're not buying as much these days). We need to crunch some numbers.
It is an interesting concept. I just read a Charlaine Harris alternative reality fantasy/mystery style book which was unique for me, but I really liked it. I need to check this one out. Happy May!ReplyDelete
I read a few of her Sookie Stackhouse books but nothing else by her. I should try something else by her :) Happy May Day!Delete
Yup--on Prime so will watch it eventually. Thanks! :)ReplyDelete
I was especially impressed by how they showed the 2 cities.Delete
I haven't read the book, and it's not yet on Prime here, but perhaps some day.... ValerieReplyDelete
I'll have to say that my son didn't care for the book and didn't finish it but liked the tv adaptation more. I love this author and think this is one of his best. He doesn't usually write mystery/detective stories.Delete
It certainly does sound like a great story, I have saved the video to check out later too.ReplyDelete
Hugs June x
It certainly is a great story imo, different from anything else I've read.Delete
Interesting idea. As a side note, I picked up The Corner's Lunch from the library yesterday, our head librarian recommends the entire series ... so far I'm enjoying :)ReplyDelete
Hoorah! I'm glad your librarian's on board :)Delete
sounds like an interesting book-thanks for the reviewReplyDelete
I found it fascinating :)Delete
It's always good to find a TV series that is faithful to the book 😁. Thanks for the recommendation and have a great day! J 😊 xReplyDelete
Yes, I was fairly happy with it and glad they chose to adapt this book :)Delete