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The New York Trilogy (New York Trilogy #1-3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  37,533 Ratings  ·  2,053 Reviews
The New York Trilogy is an astonishing and original book: three cleverly interconnected novels that exploit the elements of standard detective fiction and achieve a new genre that is all the more gripping for its starkness.

In each story the search for clues leads to remarkable coincidences in the universe as the simple act of trailing a man ultimately becomes a startling i
Paperback, 1st (this) edition, 314 pages
Published 1988 by Faber and Faber (first published 1987)
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Nov 08, 2013 kaelan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First, a brief harangue. I can't help but noticing how often the word "pretentious" has been thrown around in the reviews for this book. What a bothersome word: pretentious. It's a lot like the word "boring," in that they both seem to fool the user into thinking that they mean something objective, when in fact they're highly subjective. Nothing is inherently boring, just as nothing is inherently pretentious. On the contrary, these words say a lot more about the speaker than they do about the thi ...more
❁ بــدريــه ❁

ثلاثية نيويورك عبارة عن روايات بوليسية
و لكن في سياق جديد و غير معتاد عليه

- مدينة من زجاج
- أشباح
- الغرفة المقفلة

بالبداية تبدو لا صلة بينهم و لكن
تتداخل المواضيع و ترتبط كل منهما بالآخرى
بشكل غريب حتى تجد نفسك تحاول أن تثبت
مدى ترابطهم بفعل !
صدف عجيبة ، أحداث لا تفسير لها ، كلمات لا
معنى لها بعض الأحيان . يستدرج فضولك
و يستفزك و يستفزك و يستفزك ..
و فجأة يقطع حبل أفكارك :O
هناك سر غريب و قوي في ثلاثية و لا أستطيع
أن أدرك هذا السر الذي لا يعلم به إلا أوستر !!
Oct 09, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like a little mind messing
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
I think this was my first encounter with Paul Auster, a man who I met through the cult of the 1001 books to read before you die list. Prior to that I was vaguely aware of Auster and his peculiar brand of love/loath inciting literature which had friends alternatively raging or swooning, but had never bothered my arse to go and see what all the fuss was about.

Turns out I rather loved this - once I had progressed beyond the first forty pages. For the first forty pages I'd already rather rudely pig
Further update, June 19th 2012.

In response to several thoughtful comments that take issue with the nastiness of my initial review, I have come to the conclusion that the comments in question are essentially correct. Please see my own response in comment #32 in the discussion. And thanks to those who called me on this, apologies for my earlier vitriolic responses. In general, I try to acknowledge the validity of other opinions in my reviews and comments, something I notably failed to do in this d
Dec 16, 2015 Matthias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
I have encountered a great many reviews that start with "I don't know how to begin this review". By this claim the reviewer expresses doubt, but the expression of these doubts is the immediate solution to the reviewer's predicament, making both the doubts and the claim kind of moot. I was thinking of starting off this review the same way, given that this book leaves you wondering about everything, but thinking about that as an option makes it also dishonest, because I would know where to start w ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Hadrian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, mystery, fiction
So this is the New York trilogy I've heard so much about. I'm at a loss for what to say, and not in the good way. I feel incredibly underwhelmed.

I can't even think of too many angry witticisms. It's very bland. High school students who were introduced to existentialism for the first time could produce better stuff. When the narrative switched back to an ordinary mystery story again, I became more interested, but the rest is just profoundly dull.

Language has meaning, you say? And you make refere
Mar 10, 2016 Γκέλλυ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fiction, 2016
Οστερικά αινίγματα. Δεν το σκέφτηκα εγώ, κάπου το διάβασα και μου άρεσε.

3 νουβέλες. Γυάλινος κόσμος, Φαντάσματα, Κλειδωμένο δωμάτιο. Οι ιστορίες του Auster, αρχικά φαίνονται σαν ιστορίες μυστηρίου, παρόλα αυτά ο Auster χρησιμοποιεί την αστυνομική ιστορία ως καμβά για να θέσει ερωτήσεις γύρω από την ύπαρξη ή την ανυπαρξία νοήματος και σκοπού, την αναζήτηση της ταυτότητας, ιστορίες που αντί να σου δίνουν απαντήσεις, σου δημιουργούν ακομα περισσότερα ερωτήματα. Για εμενα, η κεντρική ιδέα αυτού του
Franco  Santos
Our lives carry us along in ways we cannot control, and almost nothing stays with us. It dies when we do, and death is something that happens to us every day.
Qué gran libro. Mi primero de Auster y sin dudas no será el último. En ocasiones un poco pesado, en muchas otras se estanca, pero es innegable que esta obra es brillante. Personajes excelsamente desarrollados, vívidas descripciones y tramas desbordantes de locura y mentes extraviadas buscando un hogar.

Con una prosa soberbia, este autor me
K.D. Absolutely
Jun 15, 2009 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books - Modern Fiction
Life is too short to re-read a book, but someday I will give time for this one. The reason is that I assumed that the book being a trilogy is composed of 3 totally unrelated stories since I read in the write up that the stories were published one at a time in a weekly magazine in the 80s. However, to my surprise, at the end of the 3rd story – The Locked Room (which by itself was the best among the 3) – it was revealed that the detective looking for Fanshawe was the main character in the first st ...more
“The story is not in the words; it's in the struggle.”
― Paul Auster, The New York Trilogy


REVIEW 1: City of Glass

An interesting PoMo novella. Auster's first novel/second book/first of his 'New York Trilogy', 'City of Glass' is simultaneously a detective novel, an exploration of the author/narrative dynamic, and a treatise on language. I liked parts, loved parts, and finished the book thinking the author had written something perhaps more interesting than important.

My favorite parts were the chap
Jeremy Quinn
Jan 06, 2008 Jeremy Quinn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
I can't believe I read this all the way through, but I just kept thinking that at some point, something has to happen. I was disappointed. The writing is mechanical and boring. It's like being told a story by someone barely interested what they are saying. There is no experience to it, no stake in the characters, and like I said, nothing of note really happens. When Auster makes an attempt to wrap up the disjointed and feeble plot lines after two and three-quarter books of emptiness and abrupt e ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Fahad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
ثلاثية نيويورك

قرأت هذه الثلاثية قبل سنوات، وخربشت وقتها بعض الأفكار حولها، ولكن لأنني لم أكن حينها مهتم بنشر مراجعاتي للكتب، فبقيت هذه الأفكار في حالة غير مكتملة في ملف نصي مهمل، فلذا أعتذر مقدماً عن الحالة الغريبة التي قد تبدو بها هذه المراجعة، اعتبروها مراجعة معتقة نوعاً ما.

صدر الجزء الأول من ثلاثية نيويورك (مدينة الزجاج) سنة 1985 م، ثم صدر الجزءان التاليان (الأشباح) و(الغرفة الموصدة) في السنة التالية، وصارت الروايات الثلاث منذ ذلك الحين تصدر معا ً، تقدم الثلاثية عادة على أنها رواية تحري، وي
Apr 20, 2009 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Paula by: Margie Stein
Shelves: fiction
City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986): Meta as in metafiction, also metaphysics and metaphor. This is fiction about fiction, writing about the writer. Who’s writing whom? Who’s the author and who’s the imagined character? Auster's characters aren’t “real” people (even when they are autobiographical) in the sense that you might invite one over for dinner, but are real in the sense that you might imagine yourself dissolving into fiction, or have the sense that the self is ...more
Helen Stavraki
Jun 23, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Σε αυτή την τριλογία θα άλλαζα τίτλο. Θα την ονόμαζα
" Έτσι ειναι η ζωή" και αφού ειναι έτσι,μπορεί να γίνει και κάπως ετσι και αλλιώς και διαφορετική και πάλι ίδια και ξανά αλλιώτικη.

Δεν είμαι σίγουρη τι να γράψω για αυτό το βιβλίο. Δεν θα ήθελα να μπω σε στερεότυπα και κοινά λόγια. Άλλωστε αυτός ειναι και ο σκοπός του βιβλίου, δεν χωράει σε πλαίσια,σε συνηθισμένες πλοκές με αρχή-μέση-τέλος. Αποτελεί απο μονο του"είδος",υπηρετεί δικούς του κανόνες ρεαλισμού,ωμότητας,φαντασίας και ισως αυτογνωσ
Maria Bikaki

Το πρώτο epic fail της χρονιάς. Το πιο άχρωμο, άοσμο, ανάλατο βιβλίο που διάβασα τουλάχιστον τον τελευταίο χρόνο και που ο ένας και μοναδικός λόγος που το τελείωσα και δεν το παράτησα κάπου στη σελίδα 50 όπου και κολάστηκα για πρώτη από τις πολλές φορές που ακολούθησαν ήταν γιατί ήθελα να δω μέχρι που θα φτάσει η βλακεία του συγγραφέα. Αγαπητοί συνάδελφοι αναγνώστες ένα είναι που πρέπει να θυμάστε πριν επιλέξετε το βιβλίο που θα διαβάσετε. Όπου ακούτε πολλά κεράσια κρατείστε μικρό καλάθι. Καταλα
بثينة العيسى
رواية مجنونة، مثل شخص يلعب معك لعبة، باستثناء أن اللعبة هي كابوس. لم أقرأ شيئًا كهذا منذ زمنٍ طويل..
Jun 20, 2016 Annet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature-pure, dark
Baudelaire cited by Paul Auster in City of Glass: "Il me semble que je serais toujours bien là où je ne suis pas." In other words: It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not. Or, more bluntly: Wherever I am not is the place where I am myself. Or else, taking the bull by the horns: Anywhere out of the world.

It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not....

Sep 22, 2015 Ahmed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

(عالم الكتب تدب فيه الحياة , ويغلي بالاحتمالات و الأسرار والمتناقضات , ولمّا كان أي شئ يقال أو يُرى , وحتى أهون الأشياء و أقلها شأنًا , يمكن أن تكون له صلة بختام القصة , فإنه ما من شئ يجب تجاهله )

يبدو يا جماعة إن الأدب الأمريكي أفضل مما نتوقع (رغم تجاربي القليلة معه , فأنا لا أذكر الاطلاع على كثير من الأدب الأمريكي باستثناء أدب إدجا آلان بو و مجموعة قصصية لهيمنجواي , و رواية يتيمة لفيليب روث ) فالأدب الأمريكي من الآداب التي أشعر تجاهها بالذنب .

وها هي تجربة جديدة مع هذا الأدب , تجربة بطلها بول أو
Feb 19, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-usa, l-1001bymrbyd
O Poder da Palavra de Paul Auster em três romances curtos, que se interligam.
Um livro "negro" em que ficção e realidade se confundem; e onde a obsessão por entender o "Outro" pode levar à solidão extrema, à loucura e à perda da própria identidade.

Como não tenho o poder de Auster para elaborar um comentário razoável sobre este livro (nem sei se entendi todo o seu significado), selecionei, para ilustrar a ideia que retirei de cada história, imagens de três Grandes de outra Arte que, como a Liter
May 27, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Auster novels in a row... and, interestingly enough, they are very much alike (Oracle Night, The Glass City, Ghosts, The Locked Room). It's becoming clear that Auster has adopted very interesting themes, such as the transitory nature of fiction and reality; the writer's world manifested in a literal form; & the double... He writes in free-flow, in non sequiturs.

Yeah, I will be the first one to admit that almost always his conclusions are not concrete (and they don't have to be) and wil
عبدالله ناصر

في منتصف الثمانينات صدرت لأوستر رواية " مدينة الزجاج " و التي قام برفضها سبعة عشر ناشر حتى جازف أحدهم بطباعتها و ذلك لكونها رواية غير مألوفة و غامضة إن صح التعبير. أعقب ذلك صدور روايتين هما " الأشباح " و " الغرفة الموصدة " - غنيّ عن القول أنهما الجزئين المكملين للثلاثية - و بعد سنتين تفرغ أوستر للكتابة بعد أن حقق المجد و الشهرة عبر هذه الثلاثية و أصبحت الكتابة مهنته الأساسية إذ بدأت تنفق عليه و إن لم يكن بالثراء الذي يتصوره البعض - يعلق ضاحكاً -. عوالم أوستر على غرابتها و فرادتها من الممكن التكه
Jun 27, 2007 Cody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
At times The New York Trilogy strikes me as something like the movie Saw for intellectual types. People who enjoy Saw tell me that it "messes with your mind," when what they really like are the suspense and the gore. Readers who enjoy The New York Trilogy tell me that it "challenges your perception of reality" (the intellectual form of the above statement), when what they really like is all of the cleverness and the self-reflexive smartypants in-jokes. The plot and many of the images and devices ...more
Lubinka Dimitrova
“But the present is no less dark than the past, and its mystery is equal to anything the future might hold. Such is the way of the world: one step at a time, one word and then the next.”

The elaborate setup, leading to the open ending finale, the utter ambiguity of the three stories, might have been frustrating in the hands of a lesser author. I really enjoyed Auster's beautiful prose. As areader, you (vainly) try to grasp the meaning of this whole book, though, in Auster’s view (or at least in
Feb 20, 2009 Shek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this was a problematic book, fraught with numerous problemats. For one thing I have a grievance with any book that expects the reader to slog halfway through it before any rewarding aspects begin to surface. I sympathize entirely with anyone who quits before getting to that point, since I very nearly did exactly that.

Also, I kept hearing that part I, "City of Glass", was the high point, and that afterward it went downhill. When I was halfway through
"Ghosts" (part II) I would have comple
Apr 29, 2016 Camille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camille by: Sarah
C'est l'histoire d'un écrivain de romans policiers qui devient détective le temps d'un premier roman d'une trilogie, et qui prend en filature un homme qui réinvente le langage dans les rues de Manhattan. Ou alors, c'est l'histoire d'un anonyme qui prend en filature un homme qui ne fait pourtant qu'écrire des romans policiers basés sur des rapports de filature, dans un appartement de Brooklyn. Ou bien, c'est l'histoire d'un écrivain qui disparaît, et de son ami qui prend sa place, puis essaye de ...more
Luís Blue Yorkie
The "New York Trilogy" by Paul Auster, originally published in 1987 is a collection of three long stories, seemingly unrelated, but having one common theme the loneliness and loss of identity of his characters in a big city. The New York City becomes a mental maze where the characters share their stories and we do not know exactly what is imagination or reality.

The first part, "City of Glass" presents different levels of reality. In the first, the very Paul Auster is both writer and narrator of
Jan 30, 2016 Vaso rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, is 3,5 stars..

I find the writer, to much for my taste. To be honest, I couldn't find the connection between all 3 stories...
Ben Winch
For a work that starts so strongly, The New York Trilogy descends into banal gibberish remarkably quickly, and continues in this mode until its unsurprising, unenlightening denouement. Presumably the result of the young Auster having improvised his opening in a fever-dream, put it aside, and then felt constrained but uninspired to continue it at a later date, this opening section is a small marvel of verbal invention and imagination, and entirely worthy of the two other would-be masters that pos ...more
Dec 19, 2007 Maryam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Auster
پل استر نویسنده ی مشهور امریکایی
سه کتاب شهر شیشه ای، ارواح و اتاق در بسته با استقبال بی نظیری همراه شد که باعث ادغام این سه کتاب در یک مجموعه به نام سه گانه ی نیویورک شد

نمی شود آنقدر از کسی متنفر بود مگر آنکه قسمتی از روح مان آن را بسیار دوست داشته باشد
Dec 06, 2011 Maciek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this trilogy. Originally published as three separate volumes - City of Glass (1985), Ghosts (1986) and The Locked Room (1986) are separate stories, though linked by events and characters.

City of Glass is about Daniel Quinn, a writer of mystery novels, which he publishes under a pseudonym. In the middle of the night Quinn receives a phone call. The caller asks for Paul Auster, of Auster Detective Agencies; though he rightly states that he's not Auster and hungs up, the call intrig
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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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Other Books in the Series

New York Trilogy (3 books)
  • City of Glass (The New York Trilogy, #1)
  • Ghosts (The New York Trilogy, #2)
  • The Locked Room (The New York Trilogy, #3)

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“Every life is inexplicable, I kept telling myself. No matter how many facts are told, no matter how many details are given, the essential thing resists telling. To say that so and so was born here and went there, that he did this and did that, that he married this woman and had these children, that he lived, that he died, that he left behind these books or this battle or that bridge – none of that tells us very much.” 84 likes
“In other words: It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not. Or, more bluntly: Wherever I am not is the place where I am myself. Or else, taking the bull by the horns: Anywhere out of the world.” 81 likes
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