The Tutor.com Book Club met in July to discuss The City & The City, a new novel by the British author China Miéville. We gave it high marks overall, but to say that the plot was a bit confusing would be an understatement—it’s difficult to place in any particular genre, let alone explain to someone who hasn’t read it.
Luckily the folks at Unshelved, the world’s only daily comic strip set in a public library, have done a better job of synopsizing this head-scratcher of a book than we ever could. In this Sunday’s comic, Dewey, the hero of the strip and a young adult librarian, attempts to explain The City & The City to his boss. As the book club member who picked The City & The City, I identify with the uphill battle Dewey’s fighting—just as my fellow Book Club members must identify with Mel, Dewey’s utterly baffled branch manager.
Whoever you side with, be sure to pick up Miéville’s latest if your local library has it in stock. Even if you don’t really understand it, it’ll keep you thinking long after you finish the last page.