Beginning during the summer that men fi...more
"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...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Después de acabar la universidad Marco Stanley Fogg va dejándose caer, sin ningún motivo especial, en una especie de apatía absoluta quelo lleva a perder el contacto con todos sus amigos ya no intentar tansiquiera encontrar un trabajo que le permita vivir, por lo que pronto termina desahuciado y viviendo en Central Park de lo que encuentra y delo que le da alguna gente que se apiada de él.
Gravemente enfermo, lo encuentran y lo salvan de la muerte y de su estado de apatía su antiguo compañero de
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...more
I do not want to give away the plot but I will say that when I read it for the 1st time 20 years ago, I felt it was a modern day Great Expectations. Now, I would say that it is a great example of metafiction. There is the story of Marco Stanley Fogg (the main character) and then there is the story of the man he winds up being caretaker for (Thoma...more
"It was the summer that men first walked on the moon. I was very young back then, but I did not believe there would be a future."
Twee zinnen en ik ben verloren. Ik kan niet uitleggen waarom dat zo is; het gebeurt. H...more
Maybe he is. I don't give a damn. His characters are real inside their heads and inside the reader's heads. They are everyone's most heartbreaking anti-social impulses come to dream-life.
Like Grace Paley...only harder where she's soft, and softer where she's hard. Manhattan where she's Brooklyn. Brooklyn when she's Manhattan. And, of course, y'know, about dudes.
Moon Palace is so terribly elegant in its heartbreaking, humorous obscurity. I'm stuck in an emotional flux of enamourment, devastation, awe and horror. Art and reality, imagination and fictio...more
He likes foretelling events as a kind of hook--starting out, say, revealing for nothing that the NYC-based protagonist eventually crosses the Utah & Nevada wilde...more
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...more