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The Red Notebook by Paul Auster
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May 10, 2012

did not like it
Read from May 10 to 16, 2012

This book contains interesting parts, but they do not add up to an interesting whole. I was very interested at first by all the anecdotes of strange coincidences. But then I got the preface for the anthology of French poetry and became totally bogged down. Really, I see almost no point in reading such a preface WHEN IT'S NOT ATTACHED TO THE RELEVANT BOOK OF POETRY! To whatever extent I found that preface interesting, that interest was betrayed by the fact that I couldn't go on to read any of the poets Auster had just talked about. Instead, I had to turn to a different preface to a different book. I can't say for sure what Auster hoped to achieve by putting these bits together in one volume, but I don't think he achieved what I'd describe as a good book.
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