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The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
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Oct 17, 2008

it was ok

Much of the content of this book deals with reading and writing. This is especially true of the first two stories. Though the third concerns a writer writing about a writer, it has much more flesh on the bone than the first two do and so makes an interesting read. Towards the end of the third, connections are made with the previous two stories by way of tying things together. I knew I should re-read the first one in particular to follow these leads up, but I couldn't face the tedium a second time. The second story is incredibly tedious. Blue following black at the behest of white – give me a break! The author uses the if/then technique. If something happens what will follow from that? It’s all very clever and, the implication is, very deep as well. Apart from the third story, though, it’s just boring.

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