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Brian Lau English 111 V Curtis Hisayasu 5/14/07 2.3 Intertextualizing “City of Glass” Daniel Quinn is a lonely, middle-aged man who lives in a small New York apartment. He knows nobody and nobody knows him. He lived an isolated life and everything was fine, but it all changes when all of a sudden, a phone call rings asking for Paul Auster, private-eye detective of Auster Detective Agency. Quinn now lives life on the verge by swapping identities in and out to better handle the situation at hand. New York City poses many unexpected situations in which Daniel Quinn must somehow overcome. If “City of Glass” is read as social theory, then it seems to be arguing that this novel constructs an account of how city culture works. The “City of Glass” tell us that cities these days are becoming more and more crowded. Things are becoming more chaotic and control is lost. “The universal and ineluctable consequence of this crusade to secure the city is the
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Unformatted text preview: destruction of accessible public space” (Davis 203). This means that as people seek to secure their safety, public spaces like playgrounds and parks are destroyed. The few public spaces left will become more crowded. The “City of Glass” shows that cities are becoming crowded by introducing the character of Daniel Quinn. This main character of ours lives in a single New York apartment and he knows nobody. Ever since he lost his wife and kids, he has lost connection with the outside world. For example, his favorite part of the day is when he just walks around New York just watching everything happening without him. The novel portrays the experience of walking on the street as an isolated one. People are caught up in their own businesses that they do not really pay attention to an individual anymore. Cities are now crowded and strangers are everywhere....
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