Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster’s fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman...more
How an author that wrote great novels such as The Book of Illusions or Man in The Dark can produce a book that contains no believable characters, no real story and only superficial and empty phrases is a mystery to me. The main character is a spineless loser, whose greatest accomplish...more
If on the other hand you can't be dissuaded and carry on reading this the first thing to know is that you should probably disregard the blurb on the back - it only applies to the first 72 pages of the book. Maybe the person who wrote the blurb only got t...more
By Paul Auster, paperback, 320 pages, Picador, list price: $15
For another truly unsettling book, try Invisible. The most startling love affair takes place between the protagonist, Adam Walker, and his sister. Before you say "ugh," read the book. In wry reportorial style, Auster tantalizes the reader by describing what appears to be the same set of events from three separate perspectives. Even...more
Invisible addresses three seasons in the life of a young man, Adam Walker. In 1967, Adam - a university student and wannabe poet - meets a French professor, Rudolf Born, at a party. What follows is a strange series of events culminating in two main outcomes: the first is Ada...more
Intrigante romanzo interamente giocato sull’ambiguità, il dubbio e il mistero. Finendo di leggerlo, non senza una vaga sensazione di sgomento, per prima cosa si è indotti ad interrogarsi sul significato del titolo : che cosa (o chi) è invisibile? Certamente la verità.
Gli eventi, infatti, vengono presentati in una continua oscillazione di punti di vista e di interpretazione, sia per le tecniche narrative adottate (« io » narrante, seconda e terza persona, lettera, trascrizione d...more
In particular I loved the middle section. Obviously I won't say much about it (which wouldn't do it credit anyway), but for me it was a beautiful story of first love re-discovered... okay I'll try and explain that again... discovering someone as a lover that you know very well already - love takes on a whole different, beautiful tenor in that, rather than the usual clumsy teenaged grapplings of first love. Very beauti...more
I found this novel quite unlike many of the other Paul Auster novels I've read in the past. It still has a few of the qualities of experimental fiction, though the main character one can't trust is definitely not as obvious or at the forefront as his other works. There are also a couple of other perspectives that are at play, especially later on in the book, and the oddity of having a protagonist that switches his own perspective from first person to third person in order to conquer the writer's...more
Paul Auster's novel, Invisible, is a novel within a novel about a man who yields his memoir, not quite finished before his death, to an old friend, a famous writer, who pieces things together in a patchy, start-and-stop, but ultimately satisfying way.
In this Auster book there are some of the strengths that Auster often builds out of his weaknesses. One of the key characters, a Frenchman named Born, is elusive, violent, something of an ubermench, and ultimately a...more
En 1967, Adam Walker, un joven poeta avido de vida y literatura, estudia en la Universidad de Columbia, se opone a la guerra de Vietnam y es muy apuesto. Una noche, en una fiesta de estudiantes, conoce a una pareja de franceses sofisticados, Rudolf y Margot. Tras varios dias en que ambos ejercen su ambigua seduccion sobre el inocente americano, Rudolf, le ofrece a Adam la direccion de una revista literaria que el financiara. Adam ya sospecha que quiza el profesor sea un hombre peligroso, pero n
Paul Auster is a literary writer and is a highly respected, bestselling writer of post modern stories. Yet despite this he c...more
This is the first book I've ever read by Paul Auster, and I must say, I was very impressed by this thrilling, disturbing and kinda weird book. His grasp of the narrative was absolute throughout, no small feat considering the extreme meta-literary gymnastics he puts the reader through. I enjoyed the unfolding mysteries, the multiple (and often (or maybe not) unreliable) narrators, the jumps forwards and backwards in time, and the globe-spanning locales.
I guess I only knocked one star off...more
But this is not to say that Auster is flogging a dead horse with his 15th novel. Indeed, because of its coming-of-age themes, Invisible feels fresh, almost precocious, as if it were written by a brilliant if impatient young auth...more