Cosmopolitan Conversation: Open City Book Club, Part 2 by Cyrus | Aug 30, 2013 | Books | 3 comments As Bryan pointed out in last Monday’s post, Teju Cole’s novel Open City is about wandering: Cole’s Nigerian-American narrator, Julius, is a fl 3 Comments Bryan on August 31, 2013 at 6:46 am When I got to the bit about him sending Appiah to Farouq I chuckled to myself. As if the book weren’t already perfect for WNY. slstalter on September 4, 2013 at 9:07 am I think this is a fascinating part of the novel too, particularly since we see Julius interacting rather than just listening and thinking about what he’s heard. And Farouq’s thesis on Gasotn Bahelard definitely inspired me to think about space in the novel. Amanda McLoughlin on September 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm I am fascinated by Julius’s characterization of Farouq, which seems to swing like a pendulum between stereotype and an almost unbelievably complex subversion of the stereotype, landing finally in a sort of disappointed ambivalence. Julius wants not to think of Farouq in stereotypical terms, and is disappointed when Farouq’s opinions on al-Qaeda are anything less than outright rejection. But he is also threatened by Farouq’s intellectualism; recall his rejoicing at Farouq’s “mistakes” in conversation. I had a similar reaction to the revelations of Julius’s transgressions–whether I was threatened by his intelligence, put off by his arrogance, or simply craving some more immediate tension, I do not know. Suffice to say that Julius’s and Farouq’s relationship is my favorite part of the novel.