The Burning City
by Ariel Dorfman & Joaquin Dorfman
Category: Fiction / General
259 pages; ISBN: 0385 604 815
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe
Ariel Dorfman has been referred to as a “Literary Grandmaster.” Fans of this prolific award-winning author will enjoy the blending of his talent with that of the younger, avant-garde Joaquin Dorfman in this novel, The Burning City.
Set in New York City, a mirror image of huge cities everywhere, the characters are culturally diverse, sharing a common thread; a thread that is finely woven into a tapestry of shadow and light of the urban demography. Our protagonist, Heller is a sixteen-year-old messenger on wheels. Always the bearer of sad tidings, he has the uncanny ability to deliver the most heart wrenching of messages in an almost spiritual mode; a mode that softens and enfolds the recipient in the comforting arms of understanding and acceptance. The Burning City is a brilliant portrayal of emotional turmoil in the teen years. Raging hormones, beckoning first love, fearless competition and stubborn determination are all evident in Heller’s story. Heller is a young man on a mission.
The writing style sets the pace for the story. Choppy, abrupt sentences like the revolving pedals of Heller’s bike as he careens through the city streets, then slow and steady in the pensive philosophical moments of the story. The plot is simple yet intriguing. Descriptions of the city are sensually alive.
This book is stimulating reading for young and old and is highly recommended by this reviewer.
Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews