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The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster
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Mar 28, 2009

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Oh Mr. Auster, what are we to do with you? This might have been the last book I end up reading by Paul Auster. It's been a nice ride, but I think he's run his course in my literary life. He's not doing anything great with language, though that's not really his "thing" anyway...he's more about playing with narrative and building pseudo-complex plots whose ideas aren't fully realized.

There was a lot in this novel that I found almost laughably cliche, but the bath tub sex scene towards the end stands out in my mind. I think it's best for writers to stay away from sex scenes in 'literary fiction', and if you are going to attempt such a thing, better keep it nice and vague.

The creation of the silent film star Hector Mann is one of the redeeming qualities of this novel.

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message 1: by Ben (new)

Ben Early Auster is better -- I liked Moon Palace quite a bit, though all Auster is like a gateway drug to more nuanced pomo lit. Also, Germans have an inordinate and unexplainable love for Paul Auster, even surpassing their love of David Hasselhof.

Schuyler Don't get me wrong, I like me some Paul Auster. New York Trilogy was awesome. Maybe I'll give Moon Palace a shot. Micah said you liked Timbuktu, which I thought was kinda sub par. Defend yourself.

message 3: by Ben (new)

Ben I never even read Timbuktu. Micah's smoking crack as per usual.

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