The Colossus of New York


Is there a blogger code somewhere out there that says all material I post has to be found by the blogger themselves? Fuck it if there is, just because I was assigned to read Colson Whitehead’s The Colossus of New York doesn’t mean I can’t comment on it and share it will y’all. First of all, if you live in New York or any metropolitan city, you should definitely read this. Also, if you simply enjoy reading short excerpts compiled into one cohesive work, you are also included in those who should read this. If you don’t like reading, tough, read it anyway. So, back to what it’s actually about. The title begins to sum up the novel. In the vast, bustling, lively city of New York (or any city really), there is just you and your experiences with and in the City. You are not living in a huge metropolis, but rather in collection of memories and bonds you have developed over the years living in that place. The moment you leave the City, your life in New York ceases to exist and the City continues on after you with someone else. As the City changes around you, so do you, constantly evolving to match or at least try and match the ever transient nature of the city. Whitehead tackles issues of identity, change, impermanence, belonging, and privacy, just to name a few. In the last chapter, JFK, Whitehead describes what happens when you move on from the City: “The Plane tilts in its escape and over the gray wing the city explodes into view with all its miles and spires…and as you try to comprehend this sight you realize that you were never really there at all.”

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Posted on 11/09/2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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