Culture Watch: 'The Metropolis Case' by Matthew Gallaway
"The Metropolis Case" by Matthew Gallaway (Crown). This ambitious first novel uses Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" as a thematic centerpiece to tell four intersecting stories of individuals whose lives are profoundly affected by the 19th century operatic masterpiece.
The novel owes a sizable debt to Michael Cunningham's "The Hours" in terms of its time and geography-hopping structure as well as its use of a classic text as a unifying talisman. But Gallaway is a perceptive and graceful author in his own right whose moving story will appeal to Wagnerian experts and neophytes alike.
-- David Ng
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