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The Locked Room (New York Trilogy #3)

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When Fanshaw disappears, leaving behind a wife, a baby and an extraordinary cache of novels, plays and poems, his boyhood friend is lured obsessively into the life that Fanshaw left behind.
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published November 1st 1986 by Sun and Moon Press (first published 1986)
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Glenn Russell
Oct 01, 2014 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing

“It seems to me now that Fanshawe was always there. He is the place where everything begins for me, and without him I would hardly know who I am.” So begins ‘The Locked Room’, Paul Auster’s final novel in his ‘New York Trilogy’ where an unnamed 1st person narrator tells the tale using the simple, straightforward language of detective fiction. In this way, the novel makes for easy reading.

But underneath this hard-boiled linguistic skin, oh my goodness, we encounter the narrator, a writer by profe
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Farnoosh Farahbakht
اتاق دربسته سومین قسمت از معروفترین اثر "پل استر" یعنی "سه گانه نیویورک" است.کتاب ماهیت معمایی دارد و بیشتر حول شخصیت دو نفر است. "فنشاو" که شخصیتی بسیار پیچیده و مرموز دارد و در ابتدای کتاب می خوانیم که ناپدید شده است و از او چند داستان و شعر و نمایشنامه به جا مانده و راوی داستان که دوست قدیمی "فنشاو" است و با وجود چندین سال عدم ارتباط طبق وصیتش مامور می شود تا دست نوشته های او را به چاپ برساند. در ابتدای کتاب این حس را پیدا کردم که با یک کتاب کاراگاهی سر و کار دارم اما کم کم جستجوهای راوی برای ...more
Bob Redmond
Jul 20, 2010 Bob Redmond rated it really liked it
The third volume in Auster's New York Trilogy, like the two that preceded it, explores the same thematic ground--self and other, authorship and audience, truth and fiction--with the same fusion of pot-boiler crime novel and philosophical essay.

The plot in this one involves a prodigiously talented writer and his boyhood friend, a critic. The writer disappears and a narrative tango ensues--not just involving characters and plot points within THE LOCKED ROOM, but with reference and motifs from the
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Vit Babenco
Feb 18, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing
The Locked Room is a book of a substitute or of a changeling is you wish.
A man occupies the place that doesn’t belong to him…
“In general, lives seem to veer abruptly from one thing to another, to jostle and bump, to squirm. A person heads in one direction, turns sharply in mid-course, stalls, drifts, starts up again. Nothing is ever known, and inevitably we come to a place quite different from the one we set out for.”
I believe everyone has one’s own Heart of Darkness place where one must go to
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Kasper
Dec 05, 2014 Kasper rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! You really get under the narrator's skin. The backstory about him and Fanshawe was especially great, the description of their friendship recalling the likes of 'The Great Gatsby' and 'On the Road'.

Auster's vocabulary and his use of language is exemplary and the streams of thoughts in this novel seem both intimate and universally relatable. The only thing holding it back slightly is its ending.
Noah
Jul 17, 2009 Noah rated it it was amazing
Oh God, my brain...
Darwin8u
Oct 04, 2013 Darwin8u rated it liked it
Not much to add that I haven't already written in my reviews of Auster's first two 'New York Trilogy' novels. In 'The Locked Room' Auster dances with the same themes, with slightly different variations. The novellas are more brothers to each other instead of cousins. In a lot of ways he reminds me of an earlier generations' Dave Eggers. There is definitely a lot of talent latent in the guy. He certainly can write, but unlike Fitzgerald who was able to tell a similar themed story in his novels an ...more
Nikki
Aug 24, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Okay, so this is the final book of the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster, and, you know, I really don't know what it was all about. It was fascinating to read it, but I think I leave it as unenlightened as I came in. It's all very metafictional, and that is not usually my thing.

Still, the fact that I read all three in a single day, and the fact that I do quite like the prose, quiet as it is, should say that I think it was worth it. I think it might even stick with me, to be turned over in my thoug
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Nanu
Jan 12, 2016 Nanu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estados-unidos
Este libro cierra la trilogía de New York de Paul Auster. Le pongo tres estrellas, solo porque los otros dos me gustaron más. En este caso, me resultó un poco densa la trama; y el final, flojo. De todas formas, me encanta como escribe este tipo. Los personajes están muy bien desarrollados y continúa en la línea de los conflictos de identidad. Fue genial que retomara ideas del primer libro, logra así una conexión que pensé que no iba a haber entre los tres.
Leo Walsh
Jul 25, 2015 Leo Walsh rated it liked it
People love Auster's New York Trilogy. I can see why... they are all about losing your way while trying to discover the CAPITAL 'T' Truth. Better still, Auster wrote the screenplay to one of my favorite movies, "Smoke." Which was warm and quirky, edgy and yet... conventional.

Sort of like "American Splendor" ... real life told slant.

Oddly, I disliked the first two novels of the trilogy. They were novels tracing detached, monk-like people through some very odd plots. Starting in relatively reali
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Farnoosh Noroozi
Apr 24, 2015 Farnoosh Noroozi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"همه دوست دارند قصه برایشان تعریف کنند و همانطور به این قصهها گوش میدهیم که وقتی کودک بودیم چنین میکردیم. آن داستان حقیقی را که پشت کلمهها پنهان شده تصور میکنیم و برای اینکه چنین کنیم خود را به جای شخصی که داستان راجع به اوست میگذاریم و وانمود میکنیم که میتوانیم او را درک کنیم چون قادر به فهم خود هستیم. این فریبی بیش نیست. شاید وجودمان فقط برای خودمان قابل درک باشد و گاهی حتی بازتابهایی از خودِ واقعی خویش را درک کنیم، اما سر آخر میفهمیم که هرگز نمیتوانیم مطمئن باشیم و همانطور که زندگی میکنیم وجو ...more
Melanie Brewster
Jan 01, 2011 Melanie Brewster rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book.
William Thomas
Sep 03, 2011 William Thomas rated it it was ok
Paul Auster fumbles the ball in this, the last piece of the New York Trilogy. The two previous novels, both a combination of mystery and metaphysics, were fairly interesting, although tedious. This novel brought that tedium to an all-time high.

I was in a dizzying euphoria when I first read City of Glass. I was young, and it put me in a strange place. It felt as if it were a puzzle that Wittgensteain had created and that I could never find the perfect place to lay the last piece. It was phenomen
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Nick Primer
Aug 21, 2015 Nick Primer rated it really liked it
This book is less mysterious then it's first two predecessor, but it is much more emotionally gripping, and nonetheless, an intriguing tale. The criss-crossing of the characters and the similar thematic undertones are such an interesting puzzle to try and piece together. The trilogy was really well written and I enjoyed it immensely! :D
Max
Mar 29, 2007 Max rated it liked it
By far the best novel of the trilogy, which isn't saying much. The Locked Room is pretty deep and affecting, though, and Auster manages to keep himself from being *too* post-modernly cute as it plays itself out. Had I read this alone, I would probably rate it higher; in context, it stands out as being merely a cut above his previous entries in the New York Trilogy. While there are meta moments, none of them want to make you throw the book against a wall in disgust - a welcome change from the end ...more
Jeremy
Jul 19, 2014 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-fiction
It ties together everything enumerated upon in City of Glass and Ghosts very nicely, this is really the piece which gives the New York trilogy what overall coherence it has. While the story in locked room lacks the palpable sense of menace in the first two parts, it has the most developed characterization and the sharpest dialogue of the three. I also really enjoyed the way Auster weaves these little details of the past two stories into this final one. Despite its short length, it manages to be ...more
Bandit
Sep 23, 2012 Bandit rated it it was amazing
Conclusion to New York trilogy, only slightly connected and can be read as a stand alone. Once again Auster weaves his magic, creating a world just a bit off and yet or all the more for it so very compelling. The book reads borderline autobiographical in times with s strange dreamlike quality and very meta, but it all works through the incredible storytelling, Auster can really tell a story. Dreamlike logic of it all envelops the reader in an almost hypnotic fashion. Probably not to everyone's t ...more
J.M.
Jul 17, 2015 J.M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the surreal and absurd
Shelves: bizarre, fiction
Last book of the trilogy-- and it implodes on itself. All the stories are the same story, told from perspectives which may be the same perspective. Characters, narrator, author, all mixed up. You reach the last page and (spoiler alert) are denied a final, complete understanding of anything. Text like our own lives... there's just a surplus of information that may appear to contradict itself, and which defies easy analysis.

We can't even be sure that we know ourselves-- or that there is a self to
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Rosy
Apr 07, 2015 Rosy rated it did not like it
Căn Phòng Khóa Kín được viết với phong cách không-hội-thoại cũng như Những Bóng Ma. Nhưng ít ra cốt truyện cũng có 1 sự khác biệt; nói về cuộc tìm kiếm anh bạn Fanshawe của người kể chuyện không tên.

Fanshawe chưa bao giờ có công việc gì thường xuyên cả, chị nói, chẳng có gì có thể gọi được là một nghề. Tiền bạc không có mấy nghĩa lý với anh và anh đã cố gắng càng ít nghĩ đến nó càng tốt. Trong những năm trước ngày gặp Sophie, anh đã làm đủ mọi thứ việc - một thời gian trong ngành hàng hải thương
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Joseph
Oct 15, 2008 Joseph rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who liked the Deptford Trilogy
Recommended to Joseph by: John
Shelves: owned
A wonderful read. Very dense for such a slender novel. I found it to be very similar to the Robertson Davies' The Deptford Trilogy, an excellent Canadian author. However, Auster's locked room is distinctly American in how the main character approaches the physical and philosophical challenges presented to him.
Christopher
Oct 22, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
So much story in this slim final volume of [i]The New York Trilogy[/i]; perhaps it feels like so much more because it draws and connects to the previous pieces in poignant ways.

Stories happen only to those who are able to tell them, someone once said. In the same way, perhaps, experiences present themselves only to those who are able to have them. (pg. 40)

The true test, after all, is to be like everyone else. Once that happens, he no longer has to question his singularity. He is free—not only o
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Arvinder S.
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Marjolein
READ IN ENGLISH

I don't know what to say about this book. It is the same as the first two books. The same themes, the same kind of story, and for me the same kind of disappointments. I'm glad I've finished the trilogy now, so I can move on to a book that doesn't loose sight of the story in order to write stylistic books (which is fine by me, but not when it also implicates that there won't be a story...)
Mark Flowers
Sep 15, 2009 Mark Flowers rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a real mindf**k, you could do worse than this - but you should start with City of Glass and Ghosts, to get the full New York Trilogy experience.

Also, random piece of trivia: a song on one of my favorite albums of all time (Rock and Roll, by the Mekons) quotes liberally from this book, and is kind of an adaptation of it, in some ways.
Amanda
May 20, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Hm. This whole trilogy makes my head hurt, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm frustrated though, that basically any conclusion I draw could possibly be true, and nothing is definitely true. Overall, I liked the last book best and I'm giving the whole thing three stars. It definitely made me think, and I enjoyed discussing it.
Alfredo Peña
Feb 05, 2013 Alfredo Peña rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos-2013
Primera novela de Auster que leo. El lenguaje es perfecto, leerlo en voz alta es una delicia. La trama sigue las pautas de una novela de misterio, pero de inmediato te das cuenta de que hay algo más. Fanshawe se vuelve en un símbolo más que en una persona real. Breve, pero potente. Altamente recomendable.
Daniel Parks
Dec 13, 2012 Daniel Parks rated it it was amazing
On the surface it's a trio of loosely connected detective stories, but at its heart its a novel in three parts about the solitude of a writer that comes from alienating loved ones through the act of self-imposed isolation. And for all of that it's beautifully subtle, which is rare.
Elyse Hdez
Nov 21, 2014 Elyse Hdez rated it it was amazing
Este tercer libro actúa como especie de “hilo conductor” que pretende unir todas las anteriores partes (Ciudad de Cristal y Fantasmas) y darle sentido, sobre todo con Ciudad de Cristal. Por tal razón, en varias ocasiones tuve que detener la lectura de La HABITACIÓN Cerrada y devolverme a Ciudad de Cristal para ir entendiendo las relaciones, y en realidad ha sido impresionante descubrir todo el entramado que Paul Auster arma para que la obra en general tenga sentido y cohesión.

Una trilogía, súper
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Beverly
Jan 28, 2013 Beverly rated it it was amazing
This was both an interesting story in it's own right (up until the last few pages when it explicitly connected it to parts 1 & 2 of The New York Trilogy), and a very satisfying conclusion to the interconnect meditation on self and identity.
Josh Friedlander
Mar 29, 2015 Josh Friedlander rated it really liked it
Like the rest of the trilogy, a little too cute - those looking for deep connections are, I think, mistaken. But Auster threads together pieces of Melville and Poe in his final detective tale - the most elaborate of the three - with a fatalistic mood and a building sense of drama. Like the biblical Jonah, the narrator attempts to run away from Fanshawe, his competitor, his wife's absent husband, his alter ego. Is Fanshawe actually within him? No answers are proffered. This is enjoyable, but as h ...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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