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The FacadesShifty music critics a cop called the Oracle and the minister of an apocalyptic church who has recruited Norberg’s teenage son Faced with the loss of everything he loves Norberg follows his investigation to the heart of the city and through the buildings of a possibly insane modernist architect called Bernhard whose elaborate vision will offer him an astonishing revelati. I read this book in a day a long day but a day no less I'm a sucker for unreliable narrators the mildly surreal and vigilante librarians Frankly the book had me at vigilante librarians It's a strange book and not one to come to if you're looking for a tidy narrative that easily resolves itself Ostensibly about a man living through the months after his wife vanishes it uickly emerges that this is hardly a mystery novel Instead this is a book to read for the pleasure of language a strange mid western city full of the highly perhaps overly literate citizens a missing woman and militarized libraries Like I said strange but fun If you approach it with an open mind I think you'll enjoy it

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Free read ↠ The Facades 102 ó Along the streets of the once great Midwestern city of Trude the ornate old buildings lie in ruin Shrouded in disappointment and nostalgia Trude has become a place to “lose yourself” as one tourist brochure puts it a treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls barricaded libraries and elitist assisted living homesOnAlong the streets of the once great Midwestern city of Trude the ornate old buildings lie in ruin Shrouded in disappointment and nostalgia Trude has become a place to “lose yourself” as one tourist brochure puts it a treacherous maze of convoluted shopping malls barricaded libraries and elitist assisted living homesOne night at Trude’s opera house the theater’s mos. This is the kind of novel that really makes me uestion the value of the Goodreads star system After receiving a free signed ARC at Book Expo America I began reading the novel on the subway ride home and could not put it down Lundgren's writing reminds me of a combination of two of my favorite authors Steven Millhauser and Charles Baxter Millhauser because of the incredible metaphor laden prose that enlivens and personifies the town's architecture Baxter because of the lovelorn nightwalking narrator's wry melancholy But even than the language I was carried along by the central uestion What happened to Molly the narrator's wife who inexplicably disappeared I've often observed in the past that a mystery can illuminate even mundane details with the essential glow of clues and since Lundgren's details are never mundane I found myself gripped by the potential significance of every new object that came into view What was the connection I wondered between the bizarre anachronistic wonderland of Trude and the tragedy at the heart of this family What truths would outHad this book answered those uestions in a meaningful way I wouldn't hesitate to give it five stars But although Lundgren does a magnificent job of inciting the reader's curiosity he seems minimally interested in alleviating it I am not suggesting that this book needs to end like a cat detective cozy or even a classic noir novel where we learn in the end a set of plausible factual circumstances that explain everything that has come before But the big reveal at the end of THE FACADES was so vague and underdeveloped it made me feel misled by everything that had preceded it Novels like Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Murakami or We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson or even White Noise by Don Delillo another novel THE FACADES resembles with its concern for marital secrecy and the sinister properties of shopping malls satisfy not because they explain away the weirdness they present but because they aren't afraid to explore it By the end of THE FACADES though I felt that Lundgren didn't necessarily understand the emotional lives of his characters or even the logic of the world he had created BIG SPOILER ALERT but if Molly wanted to leave her husband if she wants to live in the world as an acrostic late in the book implies why didn't she just ask for a divorce Why did she also abandon her teenage son Because then we wouldn't have this novel That really strikes me as the only reason and for me that's not enoughNevertheless even though I was incredibly frustrated by the last chapters Lundgren held my interest throughout and his sentences never uit so I'm giving this four stars for that

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T celebrated mezzo soprano vanishes during rehearsal When police come up empty handed the star’s husband a disconsolate legal clerk named Sven Norberg must take up the uest on his own But to discover the secret of his wife’s disappearance Norberg must descend into Trude’s underworld and confront the menacing and bizarre citizens of his hometown rebellious librarians. Ugh I guess I am too stupid for this book Halfway through I went to my local library and picked up Calvino's Invisible Cities to see if it would help Nope While the sentences were riveting at times with many interesting words and turns of phrases after a while I just got the feeling that the author was laughing at silly stupid me I don't like opera I don't like architecture And I don't like stories that go absolutely nowhere I hoped it would get better Then I hoped it would end even as I dreaded picking it up again Characters go nowhere The plot is not necessarily pointless but in the end I didn't care at all I get that people should work on building themselves making the place they inhabit an extension of who they are and who they aspire to be This debut took me there kicking and screaming