Search Results: "Paul Auster"


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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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Released: Dec. 4, 1992

"Auster's 'eccentric and peculiar tastes' cohere, in these critical pieces, into something much more than his modest claim that he's 'simply one writer trying to talk about others."
Thirty Auster essays, reviews, prefaces, and interviews, nearly all of which have been previously published in small literary magazines or The New York Review of Books. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 20, 1987

"Then, however, murky psycho-philosophical dynamics—Camus manque—take over, much as they did in Ghosts. (The apparently autobiographical narrator says of the trilogy: 'These three stories are finally the same story, but each one represents a different stage in my awareness of what it is about.')"
The first two volumes of Auster's "New York Trilogy"—City of Glass (1985) and Ghosts (1986)—used mystery-fiction formulas as the basis for avant-garde explorations of identity crisis, death wish, and other existential traumas. 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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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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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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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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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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HERE AND NOW by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2013

"Amiable and revealing missives from two remarkable minds."
A genial, often riveting exchange of letters between American novelist Auster (Winter Journal, 2010, etc.) and the South African (now an Australian citizen) Nobel laureate Coetzee (Scenes from Provincial Life, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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SUNSET PARK by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Sure to please Auster fans and likely to attract new readers as well."
With a plot that encompasses war in the Middle East, economic recession and the perils of the publishing industry, a contemporary vitality distinguishes the latest from the veteran author. Read full book review >

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4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact."
Four versions of an ordinary life. Read full book review >

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TIMBUKTU by Paul Auster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Shockingly bad, especially for someone of Auster's stature."
A slender doggy tale from Auster, who lately seems more concerned with providing product (and making movies) than matching the high standards of his earlier literary work (for example, Leviathan, 1992). Read full book review >