The Feral Detective
The Feral Detective A Novel By Lethem, Jonathan Book - 2018 | First edition.

I don't have a frame of reference for this author's work, since I haven't read any of his other works. I found the novel very readable in a fever dream kind of way, exposing both the anger of many Americans under the shadow of Trump's election win, and the possibility that the anger is intrinsic to humans.

I don't find the narrator's feminine sexual nature credible, but like the author, I'm a male- it seemed like 'Dear Penthouse" sensibility. No matter, the sex is a small part of the overall tale.

I did enjoy the non linear story telling. Again, the narrator is almost incapacitated by anger, and the male lead is only violent, rarely anger. The Bears and Rabbits are archetypes of male and female and barely fleshed out. But the characters in the each tribe are interesting. I'd be interested in more Feral Detective novels, with or without the female narrator.

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