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Ghosts (New York Trilogy #2)

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The second book in the acclaimed New York Trilogy--a detective story that becomes a haunting and eerie exploration of identity and deception. It is a story of hidden violence that culminates in an inevitable but unexpectedly shattering climax.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 7th 1987 by Penguin Books (first published 1986)
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Glenn Russell
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Paul Auster's Ghosts (1983) reads like the square root of a hard-boiled detective noir novel, an off-the-wall, bizarre mystery where there is no crime and the whodunit is replaced by a meditation on the nature of identity. Here are the opening few line: "First of all there is Blue. Later there is White, and then there is Black, and before the beginning there is Brown. Brown broke him in, Brown taught him the ropes, and when Brown grew old, Blue took over." Blue is a detective and it is Blue we f
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Ahmad Sharabiani
219. Ghosts (The New York Trilogy, #2), Paul Auster
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Bob Redmond
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing


In the first volume of the NY trilogy (CITY OF GLASS), Auster explored identity and language. In this second, his fractal inquiry turns towards the question of authorship and, by necessity, readership.

The plot runs on one level (like the first book) as a detective story, summarized neatly from the back cover thus: "Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. From a rented room on Orange Street, Blue keeps watch out his window, making notes about his subject, who sits acros
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Tommy
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Could it be possible that Auster learned from his weaknesses? The first thing any reader of City of Glass would notice about this second installment is the sophomore effort is still shorter! Weighing in at only 96 pages, I wondered how many crises of existence Auster would try to cram into this one: love in the twentieth century; how far the hand of God reaches toward earth; life after death? But no, Auster sailed through this more complete and better work by picking up on his earlier theme of ...more
Jim Leckband
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Postmodern Addicts
Auster is playing with you from the start. When you are given characters name Black, White and Blue, you know you are in a realm of unreality. Since I just finished the first book in the New York Trilogy (City of Glass) I knew Auster was really infatuated with the author/reader/book "space" where what was of interest to him was not the plot/characters/"point" of the novel, but in how the reader responds to what he reads of the author's words, in how the reader re-formulates the story/characters ...more
Nikki
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Reading Ghosts, I had the bizarre feeling, the whole time, that I'd read the story before. That I'd read about this premise being played out somewhere else. In any case, I think I've got more of a handle on the kind of story Paul Auster is telling. It's definitely not a clear-cut detective novel -- I didn't expect it to be, but some people tried to read it and the first book, at least, in that way.

It's oddly absorbing despite the quiet feel of it; I read it more or less in one sitting. It's very
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Darwin8u
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
An uncanny valley of Gaddis IMHO. 'Ghosts', the second book in Auster's 'New York Trilogy' reminds me what I both like and don't like about MFA writers. Often clever and grammatically precise but they don't say so much. If they were painters their perspective would be perfect and their posters would sell, but the pigment or texture or something between the edges is just missing that undercurrent of something to give a real shit about.
Dimitris Passas
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Πρόκειται για το 2ο βιβλίο της, εξαιρετικής, '' Τριλογίας της Νεας Υόρκης'' του P. Auster, ενός από τους σημαντικότερους ,σύγχρονους αμερικάνους συγγραφείς. Αν και χαρακτηρίζεται ως ''αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα, η αλήθεια είναι ότι δεν μοιράζεται πολλά κοινά χαρακτηριστικά με τα βιβλία του είδους. Δεν έχουμε δηλαδή ένα έγκλημα που δρά ως η πρώτη φάση μιας αναγωγικής αλυσίδας, η οποία μας προτρέπει να φτάσουμε σε λογικά συμπεράσματα. Σκοπός του κάθε, αξιοπρεπούς, ''αστυνομικού μυθιστορήματος είναι να ...more
د. حمدان
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
الأشباح – بول أوستر

هي ثاني الروايات في ثلاثية نيويورك وقد صدرت لأول مرة عام 1986 وهي كما هي الرواية الأولى لا تخرج عن إطار الرواية البوليسية.. إلا أنها مختلفة بحيث أنها من ذلك النوع الذي أظن بأنه لو قدر لفرانز كافكا أن يكتب الروايات البوليسية لكانت هذه التي بين أيدينا أحد انتاجاته.

إنها تتحدث عن المهمة التي أوكلها وايت لبلو وتتلخص ببساطة بأن يراقب بلاك ويرسل لوايت تقريراً عن ذلك. تبدو مهمة بسيطة للغاية.. إلا أنه لا يبدو أنه ثمة أي غاية ذات معنى ما واضح لبلو من هذه المهمة.. وكما حدث مع بطل الرواي
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Daniel Parks
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all there is Blue. Later there is White, and then there is Black, and before the beginning there is Brown... That it is how it begins.

Auster brings the meta with the second book in his New York Trilogy. The writer spys on the writer, the reader spys on the writer spying on the writer, who is also the reader because through the course of spying on the writer the writer reads his own story.

Ghosts at times can feel a bit like what would happen if a brilliant writer was given a high school
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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Report from the Interior, Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Invisible, The Book of Illusions, and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. He has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Prix Médicis Étranger, the Independent Spirit Award, and the Premio Napoli. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Ac ...more
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Other Books in the Series

New York Trilogy (3 books)
  • City of Glass (The New York Trilogy, #1)
  • The Locked Room (The New York Trilogy, #3)
“But the present is no less dark than the past, and its mystery is equal to anything the future might hold. Such is the way of the world: one step at a time, one word and then the next.” 11 likes
“We are not where we are . . . but in a false position. Through an infirmity of our natures, we suppose a case, and put ourselves into it, and hence are in two cases at the same time, and it is doubly difficult to get out.” 2 likes
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