Colossus of New York

Version: Unabridged
Author: Colson Whitehead
Narrator: Colson Whitehead
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Essays & Anthologies, Travel, United States
Publisher: Recorded Books
Published In: October 2003
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 15 minutes
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Overview

In a dazzling original work of nonfiction, the award-winning novelist Colson Whitehead recreates the exuberance, the chaos, the promise, and the heartbreak of New York City, composing a love song that will entrance anyone who has lived, or spent time in the city. In a series of vignettes, meditations, and personal memories, Whitehead conveys with almost uncanny immediacy the feelings and thoughts of longtime residents, and of newcomers who dream of making it their home; of those who have conquered its challenges, and those who struggle against its cruelties. Ambitious in scope, gemlike in its details, "The Colossus of New York is at once an unparalleled tribute to New York and the ideal introduction to one of if the most exciting writers in America today.

Reviews (3)

A Colossal Bore

Written by Anonymous on January 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This reads like an essay by a high school valedictorian. It has moments. But mostly, it has nothing but pretension. And the author does not do the best job of reading it. The book doesn't do New York justice...

Colossus of New York

Written by Anonymous on August 28th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The author reads his book, and he sounds like he's taking himself far too seriously. I love the first story, but the rest go down hill.

Awful Reader

Written by Anonymous on January 3rd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Author's voice and manner of reading made me dislike the book. No story line, was more like a rambling poem.

Author Details

Author Details

Whitehead, Colson

Colson Whitehead was born and raised in New York City. His first novel, "The Intuitionist" (1999) was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway. His next work, "John Henry Days" (2001), was a "New York Times" Editor's Choice, won the Young Lions Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book, "The Colossus of New York," was a N"ew York Times" Notable Book of a Year. Whitehead has also been the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award and a MacArthur Grant. His writing has appeared in the "The New York Times," "The Village Voice," Salon, and "News