Search Results: "Paul Auster"


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TRAVELS IN THE SCRIPTORIUM by Paul Auster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Though some will find that the illumination within the final three pages justifies the existential tedium preceding it, others will agree with Mr. Blank, who is 'not the least bit amused' and wonders, 'When is this nonsense going to end?'"
Rarely has a novelist pulled the strings of his puppetry more transparently, as ardent fans may find this meta-fictional fable profound, while others may dismiss it as a literary parlor trick. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1986

"Walden to It's a Wonderful Life), this is a thin, derivative novella—devoid of genuine mystery-puzzle appeal (unlike City of Glass), thoroughly cliched in its mystery-as-metaphor pretensions."
Much less interesting than City of Glass (1985), this second exercise in avant-garde mystery metafiction follows a predictable, essentially familiar scenario: a detective, hired to shadow an enigmatic stranger, finds himself caught up in an existential, doppelganger-ish identity crisis. Read full book review >

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LEVIATHAN by Paul Auster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"In a world thrown off-balance by uncertainty and chance, he pursues facts with the determination of a hard-nosed detective."
With each new work, Auster (Moon Palace, The Music of Chance, etc.) is quickly becoming our preeminent novelist of ideas—a postmodern fabulator who grounds his odd and challenging fictions in conventional and accessible narrative structures. Read full book review >

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MAN IN THE DARK by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2008

"Probably Auster's best novel, and a plaintive summa of all the books that—we now see—have gone into its making."
The "parallel worlds" visited and occupied by an aging intellectual's troubled mind and heart assume intriguing metafictional form in Auster's challenging novel. Read full book review >

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THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2005

"An egregious misstep in an otherwise estimable career."
A retired insurance salesman returns to his native Brooklyn to die—and is instead recalled to life—in Auster's uncharacteristically upbeat 12th novel (Oracle Night, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1982

"And, in all, this anthology is easily the most virtuous and important such venture since last year's Penguin omnibus of Hebrew poetry."
Given the historical interplay between French and English poetries, this up-do-date, dual-language anthology of French poetry since Apollinaire is a long-overdue treasure. Read full book review >

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REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Auster has long rendered life as something of a puzzle; here are some significant, illuminating pieces."
The interplay of memory, identity and the creative imagination informs this portrait of the artist as a young man, a memoir that the novelist's avid readership will find particularly compelling. Read full book review >

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THE MUSIC OF CHANCE by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"Despite some intrigue, a disappointing work."
Less ambitious and satisfying than Auster's last two novels (In The Country of Last Things, Moon Palace), this equally improbable tale seems a bit hastily conceived, with too many blurry edges and no compelling center to keep things in focus. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2002

"In many ways, a summa of Auster's entire oeuvre, and a gripping and immensely satisfying novel in its own right."
Auster's tenth novel is one of his finest: an elegant meditation on the question of whether an artist or his public "owns" the work he creates, and a thickly plotted succession of interlocking mysteries reminiscent of his highly praised New York Trilogy (The Locked Room, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >

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CITY OF GLASS by Paul Auster
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1985

"Rather heady stuff for mystery fans, but a delight for students of experimental fiction."
In this fast-paced thriller, poet and essayist Auster transforms a conventional detective story into a post-modern theoretical diversion, without sacrificing intrigue or readability. Read full book review >

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MR. VERTIGO by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Disappointing."
Auster (Leviathan, 1992, etc.) departs from his usual cerebral fiction for this quick trip into Doctorow Land — a mytho-historical tale that invokes the American '20s, complete with glamorous gangsters and legendary sports stars. Read full book review >

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IN THE COUNTRY OF LAST THINGS by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1986

"A stunning achievement."
Auster here turns from the metafictional playfulness of his recent detective yarns (City of Glass, 1985, and Ghosts, p. 822), and offers a spare and chilling account of a civilization in decay It's a post-apocalyptic vision of urban holocaust that bears witness to past, present, and future devastations. Read full book review >