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Sunset Park

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  7,526 ratings  ·  747 reviews
Luminous, passionate, expansive, an emotional tour de force

Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.

An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left
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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2010)
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Lisa
Aug 28, 2012 Lisa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Bill Throndset
SPOILER ALERT: Is it just me, or did Paul Auster write two thirds of a book? He's created a more populous novel than usual, and manages to supply satisfying narrative arcs for the majority of those characters. I wonder if he found such atypical conventionality alarming, for he certainly shied away providing any such satisfying resolution for his main character, Miles.
Miles has spent his entire adult life running away from the fatal consequences of an impulsive shove during what ought to have be
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Meegan McCorkle
I understand all of the praise for Paul Auster. Beautiful writing, well-drawn characters. Definitely told from a male perspective; I have a hard time falling for the romance of baseball history, and felt like Ellen's extreme sexual fascination was male fantasy rather than reality. But I found myself very compelled by the characters. I wanted to know how they would come through it all. Morris was definitely the most sympathetic character for me; a very decent man, torn between forgiving his son, ...more
James
Miles Heller is a one-man gloomfest. He’s haunted by the death of his stepbrother, estranged from his family and facing blackmail for conducting an under-age relationship. The 28 year-old flees Florida for a Brooklyn squat. There he joins a bunch of flatmates, each with their own personal raincloud: Bing is sexually confused, Ellen sex-starved, Alice in a dying relationship. Depression, suicide, infidelity, abortion and chlamydia all feature in a book that takes the 2008 economic crisis as its b ...more
Raimund
Jan 04, 2011 Raimund rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in a better future
Shelves: psychological
The book is a very accurate depiction of the social decay in contemporary American society. The young adult characters are faced with important decisions for their lives, but they are unable to make good decisions because nothing much of real value has been passed on to them from their parents. They end up squatting in an abandoned house.Their squatting is more than literal. It is also spiritual and emotional as their lives are constantly falling apart right before their eyes.
Its a sad story in
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Tosh
At the best times it is hard to put down a Paul Auster novel. He's a writer who writes for his readers. A goes to B and that will eventually come to C. My problem with his work is that I can picture the outline or map while reading his works.

The early Paul Auster I love, and its cool that he uses his home base Brooklyn as a guide or representation in his later novels, but then again, a lot of his work is like a math proposition. And although I don't put the book down, I could easily do so as we
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Janet
An odd book. What begins as the story of a young drifter, Miles Heller, estranged from his family in New York and working as a 'trash out' man, cleaning up after housing repossessions during the financial collapse of 2008, in love with a brilliant underage Cuban-American girl with whom he lives and wants to marry as soon as she comes of age, becomes something different when circumstances cause him to flee Florida (the threat of arrest), and return to New York to live with his old friend Bing, wh ...more
Oscar
Con 'Sunset Park', Paul Auster deja a un lado la metaliteratura y los relatos dentro de relatos para contarnos una historia más cercana a la actual crisis que estamos viviendo. El protagonista es Miles Heller, de veintiocho años, que un buen día de hace ocho años, lo dejó todo, la universidad donde sacaba excelentes notas y que le auspiciaba un gran futuro, y su familia, algo atípica, pero con la se llevaba bien. Miles vivía con su padre, Morris, con su madrastra Willa y con su hermanastro Bobby ...more
Shane
A story told mostly in flashback and occurring mainly in the minds of the characters is not an engaging one, even though the characters and their individual circumstances may be. I was disappointed in the way Paul Auster chose to “tell” this story.

The main story line hovers around a son – parent estrangement that occurs around the accidental death of a sibling. Miles the son, believing he was responsible for his step brother’s death, quits college and drifts between various dead-end jobs to end
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Beni Morse
"His father wasn't one of those warmhearted buddy fathers who thought his son should be his best pal, he was simply a man who felt responsible for his wife and children, a quiet, even tempered man...."

Sunset Park’s main character is Miles Heller, who abandons his arty and successful New York family and ‘disappears’ to deal with his grief and guilt. He believes he was the cause of the death of his stepbrother in a car accident. Intertextuality kicks in here - The Great Gatsby has a car accident,
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Kyle Warren
It is fitting that a primary theme in Auster's oeuvre is coincidence and its implications, because I believe it to be no mere coincidence that I have found myself utterly infatuated with his work and especially with this novel. I was first introduced to Auster last year before "Invisible" came out. I saw a copy of the galley in the break room, never heard of the author at all nor had any knowledge on the novel, but was curiously interested for a reason I still cannot bring to mind. There may not ...more
Marie
Nov 22, 2010 Marie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
The one star is for the goodreads description "I didn't like it" as opposed to goodreads 2 stars of it was ok. It wasn't ok.. but I offered it 2 stars on the blog for "Some folks may like it". Diplomatic me.

This is one of those books that I had seen generating some buzz in bookish newsletters, and was surprised to learn that the author has quite a collection of published works. Before I started reading Sunset Park, I saw that there were four and five star ratings for Auster's newest novel, which
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GeorgeD
Το παράτησα τρεις φορές σήμερα. Διάβαζα μερικές σελίδες και έλεγα άστο, φτάνει για σήμερα, τέλειωσέ το αύριο. Και μετά από λίγο το ξαναέπιανα και διάβαζα μερικές σελίδες ακόμα και ξαναέλεγα άστο, μην το τελειώσεις σήμερα. Τελικά, το τελείωσα μόλις τώρα. Μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ. Και γι' αυτό, ενώ είχα τη δυνατότητα σήμερα να το τελειώσω μονοκοπανιά, προσπαθούσα να το καθυστερήσω. Βλέπετε, δεν είναι και τόσο μεγάλο βιβλίο. Έχει ακριβώς το σωστό μέγεθος ώστε να μπορεί να διαβαστεί με σχετική άνεση ακόμ ...more
Jill
Paul Auster is one of my favorite writers; always able to paint his characters with taut, finely-detailed, yet propulsive brush strokes. And in Sunset Park, he does not disappoint.

This novel is less postmodern than his recent book Invisible. It focuses on debris: physical debris from trashed-out foreclosed homes in Florida that Miles Heller, a Brown University drop-out, rescues through his camera. And mental debris that Miles wrestles with after a spontaneous action on his part results in an acc
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Cristina
Ho letto da qualche parte che Auster si è ispirato ad un'opera della fotografa Sophie Calle che per un anno ha fotografato camere di albergo vuote, appena lasciate dai clienti. Camere vuote ma ancora impregnate dalla presenza delle persone che le hanno abitate, in bilico tra la presenza e l'assenza. In verità questo libro racconta altro.
Questo libro racconta di vite, vite che è vero hanno un po' il sapore delle case abbandonate, lasciate di tutta fretta con i letti sfatti, i calzini abbandonat
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Roberto
Cosa deve avere un buon romanzo per me? Una linea, un'idea, un motivo, una rotta, una ragione, un filo conduttore.

La rotta può essere tracciata ed indicata chiaramente, oppure può essere implicita, nascosta, oppure può essere sfumata. Può essere confusa da una scrittura frammentata, può essere evanescente, può essere celata ad arte ed espressa solo al termine del libro.

Ma per me è fondamentale che ci sia.

Ecco. Sunset Park. Dov'è la rotta? Cosa mi vuol raccontare? Perché tutti questi personaggi (
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Diane
Sunset Park is a different type of story, and in some ways it felt more like an intense character study. Its central character is Miles Heller, age 28, an intelligent, but directionless, Brown University dropout, who has been estranged from his family for a number of years. Miles has been harboring guilt over his part in an accident which took the life of his step-brother, Bobby, and which has torn his family apart. Miles father owns a struggling book publishing company in New York, his step-mot ...more
Scott Foley
Sometimes if you read enough of a certain author, you tend to notice the author's trends, tendencies, and recurring themes. Sunset Park is clearly a Paul Auster book, especially in regards to the above mentioned, but I believe it also features the most engaging and well-rounded characters he's presented in quite some time.

Sunset Park features Miles Heller, a young man of once great potential who has since decided to coast through life with no ambition and little influence. Auster makes a point t
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Kathrina
Honest, real, pure, with characters who live and breath. The story, while not complicated, touches on so many themes of the nature of humanity, huge ideas, few pages. I have read that there are many similar plot lines to Franzen's Freedom, and as I am currently reading Sharpe's You Were Wrong, I also found a number of parallel plot lines, but certainly approached in very different ways. So, either Auster, Franzen and Sharpe all took a seminar together, or their themes are the themes of the age.
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Renee
I've read a lot of Paul Auster's work and feel Sunset Park has a different style than his other writings. It is a straight forward narrative written from the point of view of four misfits trying to find themselves while squatting in an abandoned house in New York City. This book takes place during the 2008 economic collapse and focuses on the fragility of life--from the physical debris from trashed-out foreclosed homes in Florida to "broken souls" struggling to find a place in this world. Great ...more
Natacha Martins
Paul Auster é um dos meus escritores preferidos. Um contador de histórias, original na forma como passa a mensagem. Um narrador de emoções e de pessoas. Gosto da forma como escreve e das pessoas que habitam as histórias de Auster.
"Sunset Park" não é um livro menor, mas é um livro onde a imaginação e a sensação de irrealidade que muitas vezes povoam os livros de Auster não estão tão presentes. É, de certa forma, um livro mais normal.
Miles após um acontecimento traumático que não consegue ultrapas
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Christine
This was a GR book giveaway. It truly is a gift when the book you get for free turns to be so well written and from an author that I love. Paul Auster's writing does not disappoint me once again. This time he focuses on the economic crisis and its effect on a group of individuals and how they are struggling to find their way in life. There are different reasons for the struggles but what they have in common is that they are squatting in a house in Sunset Park while they figure out what to do nex ...more
Mark Stevens
I’m a late-comer to Auster, having only read his last two, “Invisible” (I gave it five stars) and “Man in the Dark” (four). I enjoy his strong narrative style. In “Sunset Park,” the perspective is supreme omniscience. He writes from high above the characters, from the clouds looking down. The style is seductive, powerful and, as many others have acknowledged, smooth. I enjoyed the first half, wanting to see how these characters would get tangled up in the house where they are living as squatters ...more
Elinedemoor
As usual I really loved Auster's style which makes you race through the novel in no time (in a good way). Great sentences and descriptions, interesting observations, and so on. That is why I gave it three stars, and not two. The story is set in 2008, in a US which is going through a huge economical crisis, making people suffer, leave their homes and- if we may believe Auster- with all their expensive valuables left in them. It is hard to know whether the created setting is supposed to reflect re ...more
Arielle Sheinberg
It was a great book, but compared to the other books by Paul Auster that I've read, it is the less-good one. I liked how it tells you the story focusing on different characters instead of on only one. It has a really original and interesting structure, that's what makes this book unique and worth reading. It is written in such a way that the main character, instead of being a person, it's a house, and of course, New York City. It is also full of reflections about the past, the present and the fu ...more
Azra
حركت آوانگارد مترجم را در رعايت علامتگذاريها مطابق نسخهي انگليسي متن، نپسنديدم و در مجموع به نظرم ترجمهي خوبي نيامد. همچنين خلاءهايي كه سانسور در داستان ايجاد كرده بود، حسرت خواندن كتاب را به زبان اصلي برمي انگيخت و كوتاهي دست ما و بلنداي نخل را يادآوري مي كرد. جداي از اين، بسيار جاي تعجب است در كتابي كه تحت نظر نويسنده ترجمه شده و بنا بود همزمان با اصل كتاب در ايران رونمايي شود، غلطهاي فاحش ويراستاري و چاپي به چشم ميخورد.
اما حتي با وجود همهي ايراداتي كه متوجه " سان ست پارك " فارسي مي شود، داستا
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LW
Le ferite sono una parte essenziale della vita, e finché non sei stato ferito in qualche modo, non puoi diventare un uomo

Il caso (o il destino? )
Una curva della strada
Ferite che non si rimarginano
La fuga dalla propria vita
un feroce ritirarsi in se stessi
accontentarsi di sopravvivere, smussando i propri desideri fino ad una quota prossima allo zero assoluto
Incontri improbabili
La ragazza sul prato che sta leggendo Il grande Gatsby,la tua stessa edizione tascabile
Cazzotti imprevisti
Un amico fissato
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Joy
Meh. I thought all the randomness would come together at the end but no. It's like Mr. Auster just had a bunch of trivia and half made up characters that he threw together in a book. Must have had a deadline and nothing coherent to write about so he just took all his notes and typed them up then just added in some way for all the characters to know each other to try and tie it all together.
Peter
Schicksale, Vergangenheitsbewältigungen und Lebensläufe sind die Grundzüge des Buches von Paul Auster, das zum Höhepunkt der Finanzkriese in New York rund um eine "Quasi-WG" von Hausbesetzern spielt. Weitergehend ein gesellschaftlicher Blick in das Innere der Menschen, von denen man denkt, dass sie eigentlich keine Probleme haben sollten. Und Schlussendlich wird das Generationsverhalten beleuchtet.

In prägnanter, wunderschöner Sprache erzählt Auster kleine Lebensgeschichten.

Trotz vieler Blickwink
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Amene
من تقریبا همه ی آثار پل استر رو خوندم و به نظرم این اثر با بقیه خیلی متفاوته و در اون اثری از فضاهای فانتزی و پلیسی کتاب های قبلی نیست . به دوستان خوندنش رو توصیه می کنم....
Betty
Aug 08, 2014 Betty rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Hmm, disappointing in a lot of different ways, but with some pretty good character stuff in the middle that kept me interested. The main character was the most poorly developed, and mostly felt like a string of cliches (not to mention that his relationship with a teenager makes him immediately unsympathetic, and I don't think Auster works hard enough to make this relationship convincing or plausible)- his effect on the people around him is more believable, particularly the anguish his parents an ...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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“...and when she thinks of that generation of silent men, the boys who lived through the Depression and grew up to become soldiers or not-soldiers in the war, she doesn’t blame them for refusing to talk, for not wanting to go back into the past, but how curious it is, she thinks, how sublimely incoherent that her generation, which doesn’t have much of anything to talk about yet, has produced men who never stop talking, men like Bing, for example, or men like Jake, who talks about himself at the slightest prompting, who has an opinion on every subject, who spews forth words from morning to night, but just because he talks, that doesn’t mean she wants to listen to him, whereas with the silent men, the old men, the ones who are nearly gone now, she would give anything to hear what they have to say.” 9 likes
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