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The Locked Room by Paul Auster
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Oct 17, 2011

really liked it
Read in October, 2011

** spoiler alert ** Auster creates a character and makes him travel towards the meaning of his own life. It is a travel to the deep of himself. But to reafirm the austerian conception of life, this travel is condemned to fail: the meaning of life, the sense of life, is a mistery and will always be a mistery for human: it will always be a locked room.

Fanshawe it is only a character that represents the sense of life. The main character (whose name is not revealed) remains always at the back of Fanshawe. For Auster, life is a labyrinth without exit, and is made of casualties and guided by the laws of chance. That is why the locked room is not opened, that is why the red notebook is not undestood.

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