Paul Auster possui uma prosa indiscutivelmente bela, lógica e cheia de imaginação.
Narrada numa 1ª pessoa, agora já idosa, de nome Walter Rawley, a história desfia a sua vida desde os 9 anos, por meio de analepses. As restantes personagens vão tecendo as partes de um todo harmonioso,distribuindo-se entre uma realida...more
Have you noticed that "When I was a young dumb etc." at the beginning of the sentence? Please do it.
This novel speaks about flying. This novel speaks about the hard training that a depaupered American child have to do to become a new kind of Barnum phenomenon at the service of a w...more
It is the story of Walter Rawley 'Wal...more
After meeting the mysterious Master Yahudi, who promises to teach him the secret of levitation, Walt embarks on a rocky road to self awareness, as well as eyewitness to the unfolding of history. A makeshift family forms around Walt, his adopted brother Aesop, a brilliant Negro foundling, suffe...more
Trying to pick the right arrangement of words to succinctly describe the writings of Paul Auster, post-modern virtuoso of twentieth-century Americana is a difficult thing to do, I think because his ideas, his characters and his prose are so fluid and unique that trying to find a solidified, conscientiously agreed-upon meaning in most of his novels is kind of like trying to catch catch a cloud with a fishing net. I think that's why, aside from his surreal neo-noir three-part story collection The...more
After a grueling series of physical tests and challenges, some of which almost kill the boy, the promise is realized. Walt the Wonder Boy is born – a 10 year old who can levitate and move through the air performing acrobatic tricks.
Mr. Vertigo tells the story of Walt Rawley, an orphaned boy living with his neglectful aunt and uncle in Saint Louis, and how his life was changed when a man who calls himself Master Yehudi took him away an...more
Initially it took me a little while to get into this book and I also found it a little hard to particularily like any of the main characters but as I got further into the book the more it and they grabbed me, so much so that I found it a little hard to put down at the end. The fact th...more
The raw, in your face dialog and the fast pace are what drew me in. I also appreciate any glimpse into other cultures that I can get. I love historical fiction, and t...more
Mr. Vertigo is the story of Walter Rawley, who recounts how at the age of nine he made a pact with the man who promised to teach him how to fly. Master Yehudi spotted young Walt on the streets of Saint Louis, sweeping the foul-mouthed and lonely kid off the ground with his promise. Yehudi swears that if he fails to teach Walt h...more
I finally got around to giving Auster a shot and I have to say that Mr. Vertigo didn't do it for me. I can certainly recognize why people would enjoy this book – the plot is interesting and there are many twists and turns that kept me interested. However, the book was very plot heavy and way too light on character development for my tas...more
Then I forgot all about it.
No, wait, I didn't! The premise, human levitation, was so bizarre to me, and the execution so skifully done, that there were bits and pieces that I didn't forget through all those years.
Which is why 15 years later, when I was unsuspectingly reading a book about the history of Lhasa (by Peter Hopkirk, another recommendation), and the flying monks of Ti...more
"I was twelve years old the first time I walked on water."
Pretty hard to beat as first sentences go and, though this kind of novel is definitely not my go-to genre, it hooked me enough to follo...more
Un romanzo di formazione strano e ben scritto, anche se non è ai livelli di Follie di Brooklyn. Si soffre e si gioisce con Wa...more
Ésta es la historia de Walt, el niño al que el Maestro Yehudi enseñó a levitar y a volar. La historia de un adolescente que se convierte en adulto y pierde la magia. La historia de un hombre que trata desesperadamente de reencontrar el sentido de su existencia. La historia de un país, Estados Unidos, desde los «felices años veinte» hasta la dura posguerra. Una vez más, Paul Auster, dueño de una prosa admirable y de una poderosa imaginación, logra atrapar y fascinar al lector con una novela que t...more
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