The City

The City

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable "piano man," a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes. The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it's a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart."
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2014
ISBN: 9780345545930
Branch Call Number: KOO
Characteristics: 398 p. ;,25 cm


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Jul 11, 2016

Picked up this book - last time I read a Koontz novel was 2014. This is, I think, similar to his usual writing style - a combination of mysticism, reality and suspense. It was, overall, quite good and would recommend it to Koontz fans.

Oct 15, 2014

Could read this one again! Love the hope & innocence & mystery he gives us once again. In fact Mr. Koontz's last two books have a beautiful spiritual quality to them ~ love it!!!!

Sep 08, 2014

I loved it. Koontz, you've done it again.

Aug 12, 2014

Not his best, but still fairly enjoyable. I was a bit put off by one character's insistence that the boy should respect his father "because he's his father". Huh? The guy was a cheating, selfish criminal and a bad father.

Aug 06, 2014

Same old same old. Koontz and his new agish nonsense are wearing really thin.

Aug 04, 2014

Another hit! I just love that Koontz is writing such positive books, even though many of his characters are so depraved. This book and his last one, Innocence, are both wonderful.

karcoldelharvic5 Aug 02, 2014

not his usual fare. I tried to stick with it, but was so incredibly bored I quit at 70 pages.

Aug 01, 2014

I didn't feel particularly passionate about this book - finished reading it just for the sake of it, not really because I cared all that much what was going to happen. Metaphors and all are fine, but I really found this one a little too supernatural for my liking.

Jul 30, 2014

This book was both interesting and incredibly boring at the same time. It is a "Coming of Age" tale told by his older self. It VERY slow paced and I found myself quite bored. I read another review that stated "There were so many references to musicians, poems, art, or architecture and all things creative that the point of them being mentioned was soon forgotten. It's like we were given Koontz iTunes playlist on shuffle." and I couldn't agree more. This was just not what I expected from Koontz.

walkingeagle Jul 22, 2014

THis was very very very good. A mystery of a very high and sensitive caliber. I loved it.

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Jul 06, 2014

A nine year old boy, Japanese man who had been formerly interned at Manzanar, and music .... all play vital roles in this tale of good vs evil. Excellent character development and story line.


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willington Dec 08, 2016

Embracing truth frees you from false expectations, fruitless pursuits, disappointments, pointless anger, envy, despair.

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