Open City by Teju Cole
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
I have never been to New York, but feel as if I've seen a version of it through the eyes of Julius as he walks, reflects, and wonders. He isn't just a flâneur; his upbringing in Nigeria and navigating multiple languages and countries of origin, as well as his love of music and reading, along with his work as a psychiatrist give him plenty to think about.
Frankly, I'm not surprised at all that it was in the top ten books of 2011.
"No sooner do I buy a new book than it reproaches me for leaving it unread."
"All lovers live on partial knowledge."