The Arrest (Paperback)
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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 12/11/2020
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The Arrest isn't post-apocalypse. It isn't a dystopia. It isn't a utopia. It's just what happens when much of what we take for granted - cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters - stops working...

Before the Arrest, Sandy Duplessis had a reasonably good life as a screenwriter in L.A. An old college friend and writing partner, the charismatic and malicious Peter Todbaum, had become one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. That didn't hurt.

Now, post-Arrest, nothing is what it was. Sandy, who calls himself Journeyman, has landed in rural Maine. There he assists the butcher and delivers the food grown by his sister, Maddy, at her organic farm. But then Todbaum shows up in an extraordinary vehicle: a retrofitted tunnel-digger powered by a nuclear reactor. Todbaum has spent the Arrest smashing his way across a fragmented and phantasmagorical United States, trailing enmities all the way. Plopping back into the siblings' life with his usual odious panache, his motives are entirely unclear. Can it be that Todbaum wants to produce one more extravaganza? Whatever he's up to, it may fall to Journeyman to stop him.

Written with unrepentant joy and shot through with just the right amount of contemporary dread, The Arrest is speculative fiction at its absolute finest.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781838952167
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 380 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 25 mm
Edition: Main


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The thing about the best Lethem novels - and I'm thinking back to early in his career, to Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude - is that they were such fun. I've read everything he's written since and rarely has a novel approached the sheer pleasure of The Arrest... It is, in short, a blast. * Observer *
Exuberantly clever... extremely strange, twistily plotted, fizzingly written, not a little absurd and lingeringly mysterious. * Daily Telegraph *
Lethem's pithy chapters - some poetic, some sharp, others both - bring this eerily timely tale to a grim, if wry, conclusion. * Daily Mail *
Inventive, entertaining and superbly written * New York Times *
A certain goofy charm... Jonathan Lethem's apocalypse is a whimsical one. * The Times *
An impeccably executed, moving, and wildly inventive tale of madness and narrative at the end of the world. Lethem is at the top of his game. * Emily St. John Mandel, author of STATION ELEVEN *
A pleasingly idiosyncratic take on things falling apart * SFX *
If part of the point of The Arrest is that we love our apocalypses neatly packaged, then Lethem deserves credit for refusing to play along: his inimitable imagination never stops delivering curveballs. * Daily Mail *
Jonathan Lethem's latest novel, "The Arrest," is a work of literary fiction that associates itself with the science fiction subculture by launching a carefully planned assault on the science fiction pop-culture juggernaut. In doing so, the book provides a quietly lyrical alternative to the uberviolence and cliche blustering of Hollywood plots. * Boston Globe *
The Arrest is a novel that defies description in the best possible way, which makes it quintessentially a work of Jonathan Lethem's at his most sublime. It's an organic tale of the apocalypse, a Hollywood parable, and a fable of survival and surrender. The prose crackles, the jokes land hard and fast, and the story's heart is sensationally large. Spectacularly imaginative but grounded in humanity and hope - The Arrest is a perfect novel for this moment and future ones. * Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women *
It's a wonderful read, the writing gracefully gonzo, the emotional beats often unexpected yet quite right. * Los Angeles Times *
As a writer gifted at playing with genre forms and riffing on popular culture, (Lethem) enjoys tweaking dystopian-novel conventions. * USA TODAY *
Sentence by sentence, Lethem is sheer visual delight. * Financial Times *
The Arrest is a very wry, very smart novel - every wink and twist is pre-empted. For all the genre shenanigans it has a proper purpose. * Stuart Kelly, Spectator *

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“Doctor Script: Or How We Got Along After the Wifi Went Down”

The Arrest is an ambiguous utopia/dystopia in which advanced technology - from the internet to cars and guns - has all stopped working. At its simplest this is Lethem’s entry into the crowded canon of The Road,... More

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“I couldn't get into it”

This is one of those books that had me whispering "What is wrong with me?". I couldn't get into it. I found the plot dull, the characters dull, the writing was okay. Actually, the writing was probably... More

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