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Sunday, January 14, 2007

The New York Trilogy: Paul Auster

I don't know how I managed to miss out on Paul Auster for all these years, but I received a copy of The New York Trilogy for Christmas and I'm smitten. The book is made up of three inter-related novellas about private detection in New York. The narrators are all drawn into strange, voyeuristic situations. The writing style is very hard-boiled, but instead of untangling the mystery you find yourself being drawn in to it. Everyone is damaged, no one is what they seem, and the author himself is an unsympathetic character. Lovely!

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  • I love Paul Auster! "New York Trilogy" was my first.

    Of his, I also read "In the Country of Last Things" which had me crying on an airplane (so good, so sad) and "Oracle Night," one of his more recent ones. Oh, and "Auggie Wren's Christmas Story" which is a delightful little holiday story with pictures and thugs and an old woman.

    I'm reading David Mitchell ("Ghostwritten") now, but I think when I'm done I'll try another Auster. Thanks.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 12:34 PM  

  • I started to read "Timbuktu," but reading about homeless dogs in peril was too stressful for me and I put it down.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 10:56 AM  

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