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Paul Auster's signature work, The New York Trilogy, consists of three interlocking novels: City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room; haunting and mysterious tales that move at the breathless pace of a thriller.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published 1987)
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Due to the comment of Joakim, below, I will, at the risk of boring those who already know, note yet again that I am removing my books from goodreads because it is Amazon now. This is the reason (and only reason)for the existence of my blog and nobody, incidentally, in the entire history of blog promoting could have done less to 'promote' theirs. I like writing. If somebody out there wants to read the end result, by all mean do.

I was standing in a bookshop today thinking I hate book reviews. I me...more
Further update, June 19th 2012.

In response to several thoughtful comments that take issue with the nastiness of my initial review, I have come to the conclusion that the comments in question are essentially correct. Please see my own response in comment #32 in the discussion. And thanks to those who called me on this, apologies for my earlier vitriolic responses. In general, I try to acknowledge the validity of other opinions in my reviews and comments, something I notably failed to do in this d...more
First, a brief harangue. I can't help but noticing how often the word "pretentious" has been thrown around in the reviews for this book. What a bothersome word: pretentious. It's a lot like the word "boring," in that they both seem to fool the user into thinking that they mean something objective, when in fact they're highly subjective. Nothing is inherently boring, just as nothing is inherently pretentious. On the contrary, these words say a lot more about the speaker than they do about the thi...more
Oct 09, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like a little mind messing
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
I think this was my first encounter with Paul Auster, a man who I met through the cult of the 1001 books to read before you die list. Prior to that I was vaguely aware of Auster and his peculiar brand of love/loath inciting literature which had friends alternatively raging or swooning, but had never bothered my arse to go and see what all the fuss was about.

Turns out I rather loved this - once I had progressed beyond the first forty pages. For the first forty pages I'd already rather rudely pig...more
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 15, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books - Modern Fiction
Life is too short to re-read a book, but someday I will give time for this one. The reason is that I assumed that the book being a trilogy is composed of 3 totally unrelated stories since I read in the write up that the stories were published one at a time in a weekly magazine in the 80s. However, to my surprise, at the end of the 3rd story – The Locked Room (which by itself was the best among the 3) – it was revealed that the detective looking for Fanshawe was the main character in the first st...more
So this is the New York trilogy I've heard so much about. I'm at a loss for what to say, and not in the good way. I feel incredibly underwhelmed.

I can't even think of too many angry witticisms. It's very bland. High school students who were introduced to existentialism for the first time could produce better stuff. When the narrative switched back to an ordinary mystery story again, I became more interested, but the rest is just profoundly dull.

Language has meaning, you say? And you make refere...more
Apr 20, 2009 Paula rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Paula by: Margie Stein
Shelves: fiction
City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986): Meta as in metafiction, also metaphysics and metaphor. This is fiction about fiction, writing about the writer. Who’s writing whom? Who’s the author and who’s the imagined character? Auster's characters aren’t “real” people (even when they are autobiographical) in the sense that you might invite one over for dinner, but are real in the sense that you might imagine yourself dissolving into fiction, or have the sense that the self is...more
For me, this was a problematic book, fraught with numerous problemats. For one thing I have a grievance with any book that expects the reader to slog halfway through it before any rewarding aspects begin to surface. I sympathize entirely with anyone who quits before getting to that point, since I very nearly did exactly that.

Also, I kept hearing that part I, "City of Glass", was the high point, and that afterward it went downhill. When I was halfway through
"Ghosts" (part II) I would have comple...more
At times The New York Trilogy strikes me as something like the movie Saw for intellectual types. People who enjoy Saw tell me that it "messes with your mind," when what they really like are the suspense and the gore. Readers who enjoy The New York Trilogy tell me that it "challenges your perception of reality" (the intellectual form of the above statement), when what they really like is all of the cleverness and the self-reflexive smartypants in-jokes. The plot and many of the images and devices...more

في منتصف الثمانينات صدرت لأوستر رواية " مدينة الزجاج " و التي قام برفضها سبعة عشر ناشر حتى جازف أحدهم بطباعتها و ذلك لكونها رواية غير مألوفة و غامضة إن صح التعبير. أعقب ذلك صدور روايتين هما " الأشباح " و " الغرفة الموصدة " - غنيّ عن القول أنهما الجزئين المكملين للثلاثية - و بعد سنتين تفرغ أوستر للكتابة بعد أن حقق المجد و الشهرة عبر هذه الثلاثية و أصبحت الكتابة مهنته الأساسية إذ بدأت تنفق عليه و إن لم يكن بالثراء الذي يتصوره البعض - يعلق ضاحكاً -. عوالم أوستر على غرابتها و فرادتها من الممكن التكه...more
Jeremy Quinn
Jan 06, 2008 Jeremy Quinn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
I can't believe I read this all the way through, but I just kept thinking that at some point, something has to happen. I was disappointed. The writing is mechanical and boring. It's like being told a story by someone barely interested what they are saying. There is no experience to it, no stake in the characters, and like I said, nothing of note really happens. When Auster makes an attempt to wrap up the disjointed and feeble plot lines after two and three-quarter books of emptiness and abrupt e...more
ثلاثية نيويورك

قرأت هذه الثلاثية قبل سنوات، وخربشت وقتها بعض الأفكار حولها، ولكن لأنني لم أكن حينها مهتم بنشر مراجعاتي للكتب، فبقيت هذه الأفكار في حالة غير مكتملة في ملف نصي مهمل، فلذا أعتذر مقدماً عن الحالة الغريبة التي قد تبدو بها هذه المراجعة، اعتبروها مراجعة معتقة نوعاً ما.

صدر الجزء الأول من ثلاثية نيويورك (مدينة الزجاج) سنة 1985 م، ثم صدر الجزءان التاليان (الأشباح) و(الغرفة الموصدة) في السنة التالية، وصارت الروايات الثلاث منذ ذلك الحين تصدر معا ً، تقدم الثلاثية عادة على أنها رواية تحري، وي...more
Emir Never
The City of Glass. Daniel Quinn receives a misplaced call for Paul Auster, who, in relation with the call, should be a detective. Daniel, a former poet, playwright, essayist, and book translator who turned himself into a detective novel writer after losing his family, decides to assume the identity of detective Paul Auster.

Daniel then meets with the client, a strange man whose name is shared with someone else. There is a perceived danger to the client's life, and Daniel will have to avert that d...more
Paul Auster
پل استر نویسنده ی مشهور امریکایی
سه کتاب شهر شیشه ای، ارواح و اتاق در بسته با استقبال بی نظیری همراه شد که باعث ادغام این سه کتاب در یک مجموعه به نام سه گانه ی نیویورک شد

نمی شود آنقدر از کسی متنفر بود مگر آنکه قسمتی از روح مان آن را بسیار دوست داشته باشد

ثلاثية نيويورك ترتب الأفكار والكلمات بشكل استثنائي ؛ ترتيب يشبه حقيقة شروق الشمس في منتصف ليل الجانب الآخر من الأرض، لامعنى مطلق للكلمات مع أوستر كل شيء يخضع للنسبية، غول المراقبة يبتلع أبطال القصص الثلاث حتى يتلاشى وجودهم في الآخر ، الكاتب يبدو ذا حس سيكوباتي يستدرج الفضول ويخنقه بالاستفزاز والتوقف المفاجئ في منتصف الطريق ، يقطع حبل أفكارك من المنتصف تماما كما تقول الصبوحة :)

اندمجت مع الأحداث وفكرت لو أن الإنسان يراقب نفسه كما يراقب الآخرين -كتحرّي- كيف ستكون النتائج ؟ وجدت التساؤل ف...more
If you like trite, obvious and sophomoric writing, this is the book for you...this could have been such a cool trilogy. It was painful every page...HOWEVER, this was recommended to me by someone I really respect(ed) when it comes to some of you may think I'm crazy (most do anyway)
I quite enjoyed this trilogy. Originally published as three separate volumes - City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986) are separate stories, though linked by events and characters.

City of Glass is about Daniel Quinn, a writer of mystery novels, which he publishes under a pseudonym. In the middle of the night Quinn receives a phone call. The caller asks for Paul Auster, of Auster Detective Agencies; though he rightly states that he's not Auster and hungs up, the call intrig...more
عن الهسهسة والهلوسة والوسوسة

باتت تشكل الرواية عبئا علىّ عندما أصبحت تأكيدا لهاجس أصبح يستولى علىّ مؤخرا – قرابة عامين حتى الآن- وهو أنكم مجرد أشكال نمطية لشخصيات متخيّلة.

من مراقبتى شبه الدائمة والمتقلبة بإصرار لتعقّب جزئيات التسارع المتعاقب للزمن بت أشك فى الوجود الفيزيقى لشخصيات أصبحت تشكّل ما أنا عليه الآن، التواصل المادى الملموس تحوّل تدريجيا إلى نوع من التجريدية البحتة مثل فكرة ترسبت فى الدماغ وبدأت بتكرارها اللانهائى تأكل فى خلاياه التى مع مرور الزم...more
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تحديث 19\9\2012

إنه كتاب غريب ،،،فهو كما تعلم ليس من نوع الروايات التى تميل إليها ، بل لا ينتمى إلى أى نوع على الإطلاق ، و لكن ليس هناك مجال للتشكيك فى قدرة الرجل على الإبداع ،،، لقد قرأت الكتاب قبل ما يزيد عن أسبوعين ، و قد لازمنى منذ ذلك الحين ، و ليس بمقدورى انتزاعه من ذهنى ، فهو يواصل الإلحاح على ذاكرتى ،و دائما فى أغرب اللحظات ، و كما تعلم فإن ذلك لا يحدث معظم الوقت ، و لكن الكتاب يفرض نفسه ، هناك شيئ قوى فيه و أغرب ما فى الأمر أننى لا أعرف ما هو هذا الشئ.

Ben Winch
For a work that starts so strongly, The New York Trilogy descends into banal gibberish remarkably quickly, and continues in this mode until its unsurprising, unenlightening denouement. Presumably the result of the young Auster having improvised his opening in a fever-dream, put it aside, and then felt constrained but uninspired to continue it at a later date, this opening section is a small marvel of verbal invention and imagination, and entirely worthy of the two other would-be masters that pos...more
Identity, Solitude, Language
A Reflection on The New York Trilogy written by Paul Auster.

The New York Trilogy is a series of novels by Paul Auster. Originally published sequentially as City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986), it has since been collected into a single volume.-Wikipedia

This is one of those rare books that work on many levels of mystery, philosophy, and drama. While this was coined as trilogy, it was not written in that sense. The stories were related themat...more
Nov 14, 2013 Meliza rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meliza by: Goodreads - TFG
I don't write reviews. But why am I writing this? Because below the stars rating, it says, "What do you think?". And this novel never failed to keep me thinking. I read some few chapters... then do something else, and then while doing something else, I always end up still thinking about it... After some chapters... And even more after each novel...

I was impressed by the unusual way Paul Auster named and created his characters. He also gave us statements that seem contradictory, which will make m...more
It is not because of “City of Glass” that I am continuing into the second book of this trilogy; it is because the second installments are contained between the same covers and I neglected to bring an alternate book to the office. It takes hard work to make detective stories dull and to suck the intrigue out of mystery; but Auster seems to know how it’s done. It seems like he had just finished grad school and was filled with the conviction that contriving a book around concepts masquerading as ch...more
All the one/five star reviews for this book are pretty hilarious. New York Trilogy is pretty interesting. Exasperating? Absolutely. Silly? Definetly. Genius? Ehh. Let's not go crazy. 100% worth checking out? Yes.

Seriously? One Star? One Star ratings should be applied judiciously. Ever have an aunt give you Tuesdays With Morrie? One Star. Did that girl you like tell you to read Ishmael? One Star. The New York Trilogy does not deserve One Star. Jesus.

Bear in mind that I liked House of Leaves.
Allein im Universum
City of Glass
Inhaltsangaben sind, wie es mir inzwischen scheint, für Austers Romane relativ sinnfrei, denn die Handlung ist mit das nebensächliste in diesen Texten. Was mir im Gedächtnis bleibt ist die seltsame, verwirrte Atmosphäre und die im Geiste ewig präsenten Schwarzweiß-Detektivfilme.

Dass es eine Figur "Paul Auster" in dem Roman gibt, scheint einige Rezensenten hier zu stören - wobei sie nie klar ausdrücken, warum es sie stört. Mir gefallen solche Kunstkniffe, und gera...more
It was only $2.95. So, I'll give it a shot.


Okay, pulled from the hall closet where it still lingers among dusty DVDs of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Martin Mull comedy albums. The previous reader left a bookmark; simple white square upon which two words were written: "exegetical" and "prelapsarian" - right before the chapter entitled, "The Locked Room"


Fawk. Auster has managed to accomplish everything I could ever hope; what's left? I finished City of Glass whilst drinking from a bottle of...more
Nancy Oakes
Absolutely stunning and superb. It is an incredible piece of writing that I probably will read again.

There is an incredible wealth of discussion about this book available on the internet, so I won't go into detail here.

There are three stories here (duh...three for trilogy). I absolutely will not be able to provide a synopsis for the book that will do it justice. Suffice it to say that this is one of the ultimate books out there of postmodern fiction, and that the writing is undeniably great. I...more
თითქოს მისტერიაა და არც არის მისტერია, კვანძების გახსნას და გასაღებების აღმოჩენას ამაოდ ელი, მაგრამ ეს სულაც არაა მათავარი, მთავარი უფრო განწყობა და ის გარემოა რასაც ავტორი ქმნის. მთავარი პერსონაჟების შინაგანი სამყაროა, მათი სევდა, მათი მცდელობა გაიგონ ვინ არიან.
სამივე ნოველა კარგია, ნიუ იორკის სურნელით, თითქოს ჩვეულებრივი მაგრამ უცნაური დაუმთავრებელი ამბებით.
საინტერესოა თავად ავტორის გამოჩენა პერსონაჟებში, ჰენრი დარკის ამბავი და პიტერ სტილმენის საქმიანობა. დონ კიხოტის ოსტერისეული ინტერპრეტაცია...more
A me questa Trilogia di New York non è piaciuta proprio per niente, nonostante il buon ricordo che ho di Mr. Vertigo, letto nel lontano 1999.

Ma come, Arwen56 - direte voi - non hai notato il mirabile intreccio tra le storie e tra i personaggi? Non hai osservato l’abile modo in cui Auster tratta il tema del döppelganger? Non hai apprezzato l’acume con il quale parla della scrittura?

Sì, certo, ho notato, ho osservato e anche, saltuariamente, apprezzato. Ma, a me, questa Trilogia di New York non è...more
If you want to try a metafictional detective novel, then look no further than The New York Trilogy by Paul Austen. Originally published sequentially as City of Glass, Ghosts and The Locked Room, these three interconnecting stories have been since collected into a single volume. Heavily influenced by the post-modernist movement, this novel blends elements of neo-realism, soft-boiled fiction and of course, metafiction. Even the pulp style cover (illustrated by Art Spiegelman) has a metafictional s...more
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac...more
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