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The Twenty-Seventh City Hardcover – 1 September 1988
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The time is the 1980s. The place is St. Louis, Missouri, once the country's fourth largest city, now the twenty-seventh: a fading river town whose only current claim to national attention is that it has chosen a young woman from Bombay, India to be its new police chief. No sooner has S. Jammu been installed, however, than the city becomes embroiled in a bizzare and all-pervasive political conspiracy.
- Publisher : Farrar Straus & Giroux (T) (1 September 1988)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0374279721
- ISBN-13 : 978-0374279721
- Dimensions : 15.75 x 4.06 x 23.62 cm
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Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 December 2015
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MehReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2013
Loved the Corrections, Freedom less so. This was OK, but the dream scape-like setting and plot didn't work for me. What I loved about the Corrections was its witty and dry tone, The Twenty-Seventh City wasn't for me.
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Three StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 November 2016
Story is a bit slow!
Interesting, but not unputdownableReviewed in Canada on 20 July 2014
I read this book after Corrections and I must say I was disappointed, it does not have the same reach. Interesting and witty at times, but the central theme is too dramatic and unrealistic. In Corrections one is transposed in the story, whereas in the 27th city one remains a spectator wondering what the fuss is about. Jonathan's writing is superb, one can see undoubtedly his skill.