The Arrest

The Arrest

From the award-winning author of The Feral Detective and Motherless Brooklyn  comes an utterly original postapocalyptic yarn about two siblings, the man that came between them, and a nuclear-powered super car. 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 airp From the award-winning author of The Feral Detective and Motherless Brooklyn  comes an utterly origin...

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Title:The Arrest
Author:Jonathan Lethem
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Arrest
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

The Arrest Reviews

  • Geonn Cannon
    Nov 11, 2020
    I'm annoyed when a blurb says a book is an "utterly original" example of a genre, then the actual book turns out to be a fairly generic entry. It's almost like the author is ashamed to say they wrote a X-type book so they want to say "This ain't your grand...
  • Daniel
    Nov 04, 2020
    This review originally published in Looking For a Good book. Rated 2.0 of 5 Sandy Duplessis was living a good life. He was living in Los Angeles and working as a screenwriter. His writing partner is his old college friend Peter Todbaum, and the charismatic Todbaum has become a king ...
  • Patrick
    Jul 02, 2020
    It's the summer of 2020, I don't need to read a novel about a dystopian world with an uncertain future, I can turn on CNN, or watch a city council meeting about masks. I read this book anyway, because Jonathan Lethem's name is on it (Well, he wrote it. If you wrote his n...
  • Ron Charles
    Nov 10, 2020
    ?Some say the world will end in fire,? Robert Frost wrote, ?Some say in ice.? But in this era of terrifying dystopias, Jonathan Lethem imagines a kinder, gentler apocalypse: no pandemic laying waste to humanity, no asteroid shattering the Earth, no zombies snacking on us. In...
  • Jen
    Aug 22, 2020
    ** I read an advance reader copy of this book that I won through a Goodreads giveaway. ** This book was really neither good nor bad. It just existed. The writing was a bit pretentious and not what I generally like. The main character had no personality or reason for existing. It was...
  • Marzie
    Nov 15, 2020
    Jonathan Lethem's The Arrest is an odd take on a muted post-apocalyptic future after The Arrest, an extended event during which all tech, from TV to the internet to cell phones, stop working. The protagonist, Alexander "Sandy" Dupless is left stranded (vehicles using con...
  • Susan Tunis
    Nov 19, 2020
    Well, I didn't hate it. You may accuse me of damning with faint praise, but the truth is, Lethem's written several novels I hated in the past decade. The logical question to now ask is, Why do I keep reading them? There are a few reasons: His early promise--not seen in a l...
  • Blaine
    Sep 10, 2020
    We tell ourselves stories in order to live. ... Their banter felt perfunctory and empty, dress rehearsal for a show that had closed years before. ... He?d come wishing to hear the truth beneath the lies, or beneath the stories, the mad pastiche?a recombinant hash of truth and u...
  • Mary
    Dec 25, 2020
    I love Lethem's style. This book is about fear, relationships, family dynamics, not knowing who you are or what you should do with your life, how the circumstances of life determine what your choices are, how your personality determines what your choices are, the role of technolog...
  • Kelly
    Aug 11, 2020
    The book description was very interesting. What would happen if our cars, airplanes computers etc. stop working. I didn't finish this book. I got lost in the language and the description. It reminded me of some of the less popular Dean Koontz books that describe every detail. I do...
  • Drew
    Nov 14, 2020
    A solid, if ultimately likely unmemorable, curio from Lethem. This one feels a lot like his early stuff, like GIRL IN LANDSCAPE early, in its brash insistence on being its own thing and damn the torpedoes. It's slight, pulling back when it maybe ought to push forward, but it shou...
  • L.S. Popovich
    Jul 18, 2020
    After Lethem's recent novel The Feral Detective, I didn't know what to expect. This is an unconventional post-apocalyptic novel. Contrary to the blurb, I would not call it dystopian. Apart from the metafictional antics of its screenwriter main character, it comes alive with h...
  • Mary
    Dec 16, 2020
    The setting and premise of this novel are quite... arresting. ...
  • Anneke
    Nov 04, 2020
    Book Review: The Arrest Author: Jonathan Lethem Publisher: HarperCollins Ecco Publication Date: November 10, 2020 Review Date: November 4, 2020 From the blurb: ?From the award-winning author of The Feral Detective and Motherless Brooklyn comes an utterly original post-colla...
  • Linda
    Nov 06, 2020
    Strange story with characters that had unknown motivation and were hard to relate to. Action is limited. I quite possibly missed the whole point. Thanks to HarperCollins and NetGalley for the ARC to read and review. ...
  • Mike
    Dec 23, 2020
    Thanks to Harper Collins for the ARC. I promise honest, not nice, so here goes. If Jonathan Franzen were to write a post-apocalyptic novel, it might be something like this. Many people would consider a comparison to Jonathan Franzen a compliment. I am not one of them. If I want di...
  • Sam Jack
    Aug 25, 2020
    At the library where I work, there are quite a few patrons who enjoy a sub-genre called "cozy mystery," where somebody usually gets murdered, but other than the murder, everything is very pleasant and nice. With "The Arrest," Jonathan Lethem has written a sort of co...
  • Joann
    Aug 11, 2020
    An interesting read during an interesting time in our world. The Arrest is a time when everything in the world just stopped working. We never really learn why this happened just that it did. I was really interested in this event, and would have liked to hear more about it. We pick up...
  • Katie Bruell
    Dec 12, 2020
    Reading this reminded me why I don't read white males anymore. All the main characters are white males. There are some women, but they're only there to react to what they men do, they don't really have much agency, thought, etc. of their own. Oh, and there's one non...
  • Dollie
    Oct 26, 2020
    My thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for allowing me to read this e-proof. I was excited to get a chance to read it because I always love to read books that take place in Maine. I live just down the road from a fictional town called ?Salem?s Lot, which totally creeped me out wh...
  • Peter Baran
    Sep 17, 2020
    Jonathon Lethem has carved himself out a comfortable hole in the literary pop culture crossover sphere. Starting with high concept low weirdness science fiction and then hitting big with Motherless Brooklyn, he has always been pretty very readable but sometimes the big ideas get lost i...
  • Seema Rao
    Jun 21, 2020
    If you mixed a Jasper Fforde novel with When Androids Dream of Electric sheep, perhaps. It was enjoyable, though I?d like it even more if I wasn?t living in a dystopian future. It was a fast, enjoyable read and in a world where it didn?t seem like a possible future. I would have ...
  • Linda McCutcheon
    Nov 23, 2020
    "...he might simply be lonely. Journeyman was crazy with loneliness or lonely with craziness...some days Journeyman thought the world had been crazy and tried to go sane: that was The Arrest." I think the above is as close as I came to understanding The Arrest by Jonathan ...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Nov 15, 2020
    Dystopian novel about the world after ?The Arrest? of progress. One of his recent books that I actually enjoyed quite a bit. Before this effort my feeling was that Lethem had stumbled upon a bit of a dry spell and I was doubting his ability to return to prominence. ...
  • WY_reader
    Nov 06, 2020
    This book was both too much and not enough. Too much: The writing is possibly the most pretentious I've encountered. It gets better (or just bearable) after the first 50 pages, but those first few chapters were a slog. Not enough: The title of this book references something...
  • StarMan
    Sep 10, 2020
    [Won in Goodreads.com giveaway. Thank you, Mr Lethem, for making pre-publication copies available.] I read an UNCORRECTED PROOF. The final printed version (expected publication 10 November 2020) may be slightly or substantially different. Keep this in mind when reading any less-than...
  • Jamie
    Jun 24, 2020
    "Dystopia and postapocalypse, two great tastes that taste great together." The world as we know it ends. For no particular reason, or maybe all of them, everything just stops. In Jonathan Lethem's The Arrest, the why of it is hardly the point. The point is that our wo...
  • Ionarr
    Jul 22, 2020
    This was dull. It was really, really dull. The story reads like a first draft jotted down on a napkin, only it's... Not. I should have LOVED it, as its all things I love in a book. It's odd, and I'm a sucker for anything a bit odd. It's a post-apocalyptic story, but...
  • Sheree | Keeping Up With The Penguins
    Jan 16, 2021
    It?s been reviewed positively elsewhere but unfortunately, for me, The Arrest didn?t hold up to the promise of its premise. It wasn?t as funny as I?d hoped, the characters were flat, and the plot was all fits and starts. It?s a post-apocalyptic pastoral-cum-steampunk fever dr...
  • Alexander Peterhans
    Feb 17, 2021
    Science-fiction author Brian Aldiss coined the term cosy catastrophe, as a way to describe sci-fi stories in which a world-ending event wipes out most of human life, leaving a group of nice, middle-class white people to calmly and in relative comfort rebuild some sense of normality (Al...