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Boka forteller historien til en ung mann på jakt etter sin identitet. Det er også en beretning om tapte fedre og sønner og om tilfeldighetenes spill. Hovedpersonen er Marco Stanley Fogg, en foreldreløs, pengeløs og venneløs ung mann. I stedet for å ta seg jobb, prøver han å overleve på så lite som mulig. Hadde det ikke vært for Kitty Wu, ville han ha sultet i hjel. Fra da ...more
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Published 2005 by Aschehoug (first published 1989)
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Shovelmonkey1
Jul 11, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Paul Auster fans
This is a book about gettin' nekkid.

I discovered Paul Auster through the 1001 books list and then went on a big PA binge. I suppose I should have been more restrained because very soon all the PA plots and machinations and convoluted po-mo madness was churning in my brain. I'd given myself PAP. Yes, that well know literary syndrome, Paul Auster Poisoning.

This was my third consecutive read and I believe it can be directly attributed to the onset of a severe case of PAP. But I did enjoy this book
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Duc
This book is about writing and observations and hardship. This book is my first introduction to Auster. After reading this book, I went to the university library to look up obscure writers. One of the writers is Giordano Bruno who believed that there was a parallel universe back in medieval times. There is the theme of journey, travel and exploration into other worlds. The narrator has a name inspired by Phileas Fogg, the fictional character in Jules Verns ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.
The
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Geoff
Jan 30, 2008 Geoff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who paint their nails black and write bad poetry
What on earth?

This book was recommended to me by a person whose taste in literature I hold in high regard. That's why I was surprised to discover, halfway through the book, that it's a really terrible piece of pretentious writing. I felt no empathy with the main character -- a really spoiled, pretentiously "eccentric" kid with an Asian fetish trying to revel in the black aethetic of his free-fall into poverty. He's saved by Kitty Wu, the sexually precocious daughter of Chinese royalty or some su
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Paul
Zadie Smith, in an introduction for a Nonrequired Reading Anthology brought a James Joyce quote to my attention
"That ideal reader suffering from an ideal insomnia" -Joyce

"The ideal reader cannot sleep when holding the writer he was meant to be with." - Smith

This is how I feel about Paul Auster, especially concerning Moon Palace. An odd series of events lead me to read this book at the perfect time. I was on a road trip in which the route of my companions and I followed a route traced by the prot
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Ahmad Sharabiani
ما همیشه، یا جای دُرست بودیم در زمان غلط، یا جای غلط بودیم در زمان دُرست، و همیشه، همینگونه همدیگر را از دست داده ایم! مون پلاس، پل استر
Quang Khuê
Sự dễ chịu trong hành động đọc đôi khi nằm ở chỗ mọi thứ dường như được đẩy tới giới hạn của nó. Những sự kiện lỡ dở trong cuộc sống sớm nhường chỗ cho những quyết định. Vài chuyện lấp lửng cũng trở nên chóng vánh và dứt khoát. Giống như nhân vật Marco Fogg trong Moon Palace (Paul Auster – dịch giả: Cao Việt Dũng, Nhã Nam và NXB Hội Nhà Văn ấn hành) nhanh chóng “biến cuộc đời mình thành một tác phẩm nghệ thuật, bằng cách tự hiến mình cho cái nghịch lý tối hảo” (tr.41). Nghĩa là cậu chàng dứt kho ...more
Candice
Apr 06, 2010 Candice rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Candice by: Skud
I loved it. I loved reading this book, but I wish I hadn't read it so fast. I read it because of someone, and I can't thank him enough.

I put myself in M.S's shoes, and I cried, I laughed, I dreamt.

Paul has a poetic use of language, that's sure.
Tara
Nov 30, 2008 Tara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elizabeth Euresti
Auster's poetic use of language and the supremely convincing characterization of his protagonist made this novel one that I remember not so much by plot arches [though the plot is faultless], but in very vivid images of moments or point-surveys of MS Fogg's life.
Living in an apartment furnished only with boxes of books that for his bed, chairs, table, and entertainment.
Living in a shrub-cave in Central Park.
Outlaw cave hideouts in the desert, covered in obscure paintings.
Handing out money to pe
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Carlos Bennett
Voy a hacer un ejercicio que casi siempre evito: escribir un review de uno de mis libros favoritos.

“El Palacio de la Luna” puede ser, para alguna gente, un libro iniciático. Leerlo a los veinte años puede ser una experiencia parecida a leer “El Guardián en el Centeno” a los quince. Lamentablemente yo leí a Salinger muy tarde; a Auster lo leí exactamente a los 20. He leído al menos 4 veces “El Palacio de la Luna” desde entonces (aunque la última vez fue hace ya un buen tiempo), y en todo ese tie
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Jimmy
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Alexander Popov
I read Moon Palace about four months ago. I really wanted to write something about it, even though its trace is no longer as fresh in my mind as it was then. This text is not a review. The book is wonderful, possibly the best Auster novel out of the three I’ve read (the other being The New York Trilogy and Timbuktu), and I’d recommend it heartily to anybody. This text isn’t an attempt at an exhaustive analysis either – I’m too far detached from my reading experience at this point. Which is not n ...more
Oceana2602
Mar 02, 2008 Oceana2602 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes books
Recommended to Oceana2602 by: bought as part of an ebay package
So there is that guy who grows up, moves to New York and then ends up living in Central Park for a while.

Doesn't sound interesting? Yep, I admit I wouldn't have bought the book, but it was given to me and I cannot NOT read a book when you give it to me. I am now convinced that Paul Auster could make everything, well, maybe not interesting in a literal sense, but he makes you want to know. I couldn't stop reading, but if you ask me what I liked about this book, I come up blank. The closest I come
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Alexandra
Paul Auster ist einer der amerikanischen Autoren, die ich wirklich mag. Weder faselt er episch breit um den Brei herum, noch erzählt er Geschichten über den amerikanischen Mittelstand, mit seinen Pseudoproblemchen, der wahrscheinlich in Amerika sowieso nicht mehr existiert, deshalb schreiben ihn andere Autoren so krampfhaft herbei - so wie man gerne Romane über Einhörner schreibt ;-).

Austers Figuren haben echte Troubles, stürzen schon mal zwischenzeitlich auch gelegentlich in die Obdachlosigkeit
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Javi
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Bethany Richter
Sep 20, 2008 Bethany Richter rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bethany by: "Jackson Publick"
I read this book because it was mentioned as a favorite of one of the creators of my favorite show, "The Venture Brothers."

Paul Auster writes an interesting book, and commits a few of the sins with which I am most disappointed in books. The twists are foreseeable, and only the characters pivotal to the plot are paid any attention to.

However the characters he does pay attention to are very well developed, almost to the point of distraction. Which, to me, made a lot of sense in relation to the nat
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Teresa
3.90/5
I mean... it's a very good novel! I loved its structures, like in One Thousand and One Nights, there's the main story (Marco's life struggle) and from there the narrator tells the story of a character, with another story inside, etc. Also, there was something in the plot, maybe in Marco's tendency to "disconnect" from the world, to disappear, that reminded me a bit of The New York Trilogy. I really liked it. And it is very well-written. And the characters! I really enjoyed the parts of the
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Aaber  Rinstad
I'd give this book one star only, but I feel maybe (though I'm not thoroughly convinced) that somewhere under all the awful, pretentious drivel there's a kernel of something interesting. I mean - by itself - the plot elements have the makings of something to pique the interest of even a casual reader; curious characters, strange happenings, wordplay and symbolism. And maybe I'm missing something others can see in this book. Apparently it's pretty well received overall. I feel, however, that this ...more
Zeynep K
“... Sanki kendimi uçurumdan atmıştım da, tam yere çarpacağım sırada beklenmedik bir şey olmuş gibiydi: beni sevenler olduğunu öğrendim. Öylesine sevilmek her şeyi değiştiriyor. Uçurumdan düşmenin dehşetini azaltmıyor, ama o dehşete yepyeni bir anlam boyutu getiriyor. Uçurumdan atlamıştım ve son anda bir şey uzandı, beni havada yakaladı. O bir şeyin adına sevgi diyorum. İnsanı düşmekten alıkoyacak tek şey, yerçekimi yasalarını yok edecek kadar güçlü tek şey sevgidir.”


"... Hep yanlış zamanlarda d
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Silvia Ribeiro
“O Sol é o passado; a Terra o presente e a Lua o futuro”.
Um grande livro de um grande escritor que só tive a oportunidade de ler agora.
Martha Koskina
Από αυτά τα βιβλία που σε πιάνει η θλίψη του αποχωρισμού.
Maura
This was the first Paul Auster book I read, before I realized that he basically just writes variations of the same book. It's a good book, though, so I read all of the variations. He's got a couple of main themes--randomness, chance, coincidence, obsession--and some of the books play more strongly on some themes than on others. I think of this as the "coincidence" book.
R.
This was a Friends of the Library book purchase - only a dime; and I'm writing in it. Underlining sentences, circling words. Auster has the authorial voice I need to hear right now - a zen melancholy.
Peter
Es ist die Geschichte von M.S. Fogg, der sich auf der Suche nach sich selbst in seiner eigenen Welt verirrt. Eine Welt, die ihm durch das Aufwachsen ohne Vater in einer konservativen Umgebung und durch den frühen Tod seiner Mutter geprägt ist und in eine gelebte Depression gipfelt.

Beeindruckend schafft es Paul Auster mit prägnanter aber durchdachter Sprache zu fesseln. Stilsicher wird man in das New York der 60er Jahre und den "Wilden Westen" mitgenommen.

Ein Buch das voller Interpretationsmögl
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Zaki
Paul Auster is a great, great storyteller.
Violet Yates
SPOILER ALERT
I loved this novel. Paul Auster has done it again, with remarkable depth and brilliance. As always, Auster's ideas are amazing, and make for an entertaining read as well as a study on identity.
Marco Stanley Fogg, or M.S. Fogg, is an orphan who seems to be spending the entire story searching for his identity, mostly, it appears, indirectly. The novel starts out in New York City, when M.S. is finishing up college at Columbia University. He begins by explaining about his relationship w
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Matthew
Toward the end of The Brooklyn Follies, Auster's 2005 novel, he states; "Eventually, we would all die, and when our bodies were carried off and buried in the ground, only our friends and families would know we were gone. Our deaths wouldn't be announced on radio or television. There wouldn't be any obituaries in the New York Times. No books would be written about us. That is an honor reserved for the powerful and famous, for the exceptionally talented, but who bothers to publish biographies of t ...more
M.
Това е първата ми среща с Остър, тъй че не мога да правя сравнение с другите му романи. Като цяло ми хареса, но имам и доста негативни наблюдения върху текста.
Някъде до към средата на книгата бях почти очарована от повествованието и стила на писане. Главният герой е млад особняк, който няма как да не ти стане симпатичен. Малко ала този в "Спасителят в ръжта", сирак, на когото се случват невероятни неща. След като изхарчва и последните си пари,остава на улицата, почти умира, но тъкмо тогава го сп
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Infame Descalzo
No he llegado a la mitad de esta historia, la de un muchacho que vive en Nueva York allá por 1969 y que cuenta sus aventuras-desventuras con un detalle intimista que todavía no llega a calarme demasiado. Será que no siento demasiada simpatía con el personaje ni con su manera de pensar, una suerte de hippismo que lo arroja casi al suicidio, con pocas esperanzas de éxito a no ser por las externalidades. Demasiadas autorreferencias a la cultura pop-hippie de esa época que me son ajenas en experienc ...more
Paul Shirley
I made a mistake with this book - not a theoretical mistake, a concrete mistake. After finishing a third of Moon Palace, I accidentally left it in my brother's apartment (in New York, fittingly). The mistake, though, turned out to be a blessing because, when I finished MP, I had to go back and skim that first third in order to figure out what I'd forgotten.

A lot, as it turns out. Auster pretty well sets out what he's going to do in the beginning - he's going to tell the story of how his protagon
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Daniel Buitrago
Estos días, leyendo El Palacio de la Luna, de Paul Auster, he pensado más de una vez que su protagonista tenía mucho que ver con el de El guardián entre el centeno. Ayer murió J. D. Salinger, padre de la criatura, y vuelvo a pensar que las casualidades existen, o que, sin llamarlas necesariamente así, el mundo está hecho de las conexiones entre el sinfín de cosas que nos rodean, los millones de sensaciones que nos asaltan a todos a la vez, y el cruce de nuestros pensamientos y su producción impa ...more
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