Report from the Interior
In the beginning, everything was alive. The smallest objects were endowed with beating hearts . . .
Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his ...more
I've not read anything by Paul Auster before, including his Winter Journal that's both a companion piece of sorts and predecessor to Report from the Interior. While the earlier work is an account of Auster's physical state, the title of this unconventional memoir is absolutely indicative ...more
I was captivated by Auster's odd mixtape of memories, his blunt honesty, his tenderness. His recollections of past anxieties, especially in passages recalling his early twenties, resonated with me (sometimes scarily - that was part of this memoir's effect). But INTERIOR is also incredibly c ...more
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I have read most of his 16 or so novels and he is, in the eyes of many critics, established as the contemporary master of solitary consciousness. This can be traced back to his childhood and his parents loveless non-marriage, which ...more
Last week, I shared with you my thoughts on Siri Hustvedt’s The Sorrows of an American, and this week, I’m talking about her husband’s new memoir Report From the Interior, though memoir doesn’t seem to be the correct term. Scrapbook? Exploration? Contemplation? In Winter Journal, Auster tells the story of his physical self, whereas in Report From the Interior, he begins to map his intellectual, moral and emotional development: his childhood in New Jersey, ...more
It pains me to say it, but this is the first book of Paul Auster’s that I’ve read that… bored me. I enjoyed Winter Journal, though not as much as his novels. Winter Journal had the plus that it, intriguingly, was written in the second person (a whole book in the second person – how unusual is that?). It was the autobiography “of his body”, whereas Report from the Interior is the autobiography of Auster's mind.
Aside from the issue of whether this book isn’t one too many autobi...more
Paul Auster continues to be one of this reviewer's favorite authors. Deeply moved by his previous autobiographical book WINTER JOURNAL the following was that response: `Paul Auster is a hero among readers of his works, actually a hero among contemporary writers in general as is book always both challenge and entertain the reader, and finishing one of this books offers that rare sensation that you have been through an important experience. In WINTER JOURNAL Auster is in a r ...more
Report from the Interior is about his coming of age through his very own eyes. He recounts his thoughts and feelings on a great number of subjects from the time he was a little boy all the way into adulthood. Somehow, he makes almost all of it riv ...more
I would only recommend this book only to die-hard Auster fans, as it is mostly a rambling recollection of his past in a more abstract manner than he captured in the brilliant 'Winter Journal' (which I much preferred to this work).
The first sections consists of Auster delving into hi ...more
This book is divided into sections again - much like "Winter Journal". I enjoyed the first section most because here he was recalling memories of his childhood, beginning as early as 5 years of age. His recall of e ...more