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Leviathan

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  12,340 Ratings  ·  543 Reviews
In the summer of 1990, a man blows himself up by the side of the road in Wisconsin. Peter Aaron believes he knows who the man was, and the FBI soon arrive at his door to interrogate him. So begin's Aaron's narration of the life of Benjamin Sachs, a writer whose obsession with freedom and the American dream turns his mind to terror.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Faber & Faber (first published 1992)
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Olivia Ah well see my review...imo ALL Auster's books ARE about his life in the sense that any philosopher's wrtints/treatise/theses relate directly to the…moreAh well see my review...imo ALL Auster's books ARE about his life in the sense that any philosopher's wrtints/treatise/theses relate directly to the massive web of how and why sentient beings think and behave as they do. The hooks for the narratives being entanglements representing possible or potential issues between the characters of life as Auster has experienced his life and can make interpretations.
Some writers simply tell tales. Yarns for temporary entertainment getting from a to be without out too many puzzling distractions. Others write to unravel the clues in the crossword of life, to explore who, what and why of the psyche.
Such is Auster.
So yes his writings have to be about himself and the many rsalities, the many possible renditions of events which we all encounter.
Some proceed in a li ear manner..one event after another as if inevitable. Others live in the round with many layers and possible conclusions.(less)
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Ian "Marvin" Graye
A NICE NIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENT ON THE FOURTH OF JULY:

Fireworks Over Brooklyn

We're at a party in a modern bohemian fourth floor apartment in Brooklyn.

The guests include publishers, writers, artists, film-makers, musicians and various minders, acolytes and drummers disguised as waiters.

It’s July 4, 1981 (or is it 2003 or 2012 or all three, I don't know, the script doesn't say), barely twenty minutes before the fireworks are due to begin.

LYDIA DAVIS (who has just arrived, it’s her second party of t
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Leviathan, Paul Auster
Leviathan is American writer Paul Auster’s seventh novel, published by Viking Press in 1992. The novel follows the life and crimes of a man who decides to take action over words to deliver his message to the world, as told by his estranged best friend.
The novel opens like a detective story as the narrator begins,
Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin. There were no witnesses, but it appears that he was sitting on the grass next to
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Luís C.
So Leviathan, what is it? What is it about ? The book is told in a rather complex way: a writer tells the FBI everything he knows about a certain Benjamin Sachs, from the day he made his acquaintance, until the fateful day. He goes through all the details, all the meetings, all the choices that have been made and which have led to that conclusion. A little as if life was a gigantic spider's web, and we always have the choice between several options that lead us to a definite "exit", but which co ...more
Jeremy Zerbe
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time I read a book that was so emotionally draining as Paul Auster's Leviathan. I have been reading it at work for the last week or so, and finally in the home stretch of the last hundred pages today, I started walking around with my head down and my coworkers kept asking if I was okay. That's a feat to behold.

Auster's books are some of the most finely crafted works I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Maybe the stories don't always get wrapped up cleanly, or the ch
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Steven  Godin
In terms of American writers, Auster stands up there being so unique, a writer one must read at least once. He’s remarkably talented here and his originality continues to impress me.

Leviathan literally means the biggest of its kind, and was also a sea monster from the Old Testament. Knowing such things illuminates Auster’s reasoning behind titling his book as such.

In this tale, Peter Aaron’s friend, Ben Sachs-a once-promising author-accidentally blows himself up along a rural road using a homema
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João Carlos
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, bab, 2017best, l2017

Paul Auster (n. 1947) em Portugal 2017 (Fotografia João Porfírio/Observador)


”Leviathan” publicado em 1992 é o sétimo romance do escritor norte-americano Paul Auster (n. 1947) e tem a particularidade de ser dedicado a Don DeLillo (n. 1936).
Nos finais de Junho de 1990 “(…) um homem foi morto por uma explosão na berma de uma estrada algures no norte do Wisconsin. Não houve testemunhas, mas tudo indica que estava sentado no chão, junto ao seu carro, quando a bomba que estava a montar explodiu acid
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George Georgiadis
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hamburger
Πάλι τα ίδια Paul; Πάλι αριστοτεχνικά δομημένη πλοκή; Πάλι εκπληκτική σκιαγράφηση χαρακτήρων; Πάλι μέγιστη απόλαυση κατά την ανάγνωση κάθε σελίδας;

Ποιοι στ' αλήθεια είμαστε. Ποιοι νομίζουμε ότι είμαστε. Ποιοι νομίζουν οι άλλοι ότι είμαστε. Οι πράξεις μας. Τα κίνητρα των πράξεων μας. Οι επιπτώσεις τους στον εαυτό μας και τους άλλους.

Πάντως Paul, μεταξύ μας, νομίζω ότι είσαι ένας πολύ μεγάλος συγγραφέας.
Noura Tan
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to figure out what I felt towards to this book or rather a way to articulate it into some sort of coherent review. I should start by saying that Auster changed a lot of my perspectives throughout this book (nah, not revolutionary stuff). Auster delves into these characters so deeply and invests in their habits, attitudes, feelings so much we can't help but forget that it is but a work of fiction but there was so much detail paid to these characters (and what beautiful characte ...more
Kaloyana
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Големият Пол Остър пак е написал голям роман. Историята е от онези, които не само не искаш да оставяш, не само всяка страница е супер интересна, но просто си заживяваш с тях и през деня си мислиш за героите, а понякога и ги сънуваш вечер. Пак прекрасният стил на Пол Остър и неговият простичък начин да ти каже много важни неща с малко думи, които обаче се запечатват. Той е от онези автори, които, според мен, са най-добрите - не просто ти нашепват мъдрости, а правят така, че само да ги извлечеш чр ...more
Mohammad Ali
ظاهرا گاهی به مشوش بودن این داستان همچون یک ایراد نگاه کرده اند، اما حداقل برای من نفس این تشویش، نسبت به نظم تصنعی، واقعیت زندگی رو بیشتر بیان می کنه - اون هم در زندگی امروزی. اما از طرف دیگه این رو هم باید گفت که زندگی آکنده از فراز و نشیبِ تقریبا همه ی شخصیت های کتاب واقعا تو چشمه و اغراق آمیز - حداقل برای من. آشفتگی، رخدادهای کور، و اراده های مصمم و سست در میانه ی این آشوب - و سرنوشت عمل نویسندگی در این بین - چیزیه که به نظرم جالب اومد تو این داستان. مثل باقی داستان ها اینجا هم به نظرم با دا ...more
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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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“Nadie puede decir de dónde proviene un libro, y menos que nadie la persona que lo escribe. Los libros nacen de la ignorancia , y si continúan viviendo después de escritos es sólo en la medidad en que no pueden entenderse.” 4 likes
“Every time Sachs posed for a picture, he was forced to impersonate himself, to play the game of pretending to be who he was. After a while, it must have had an effect on him. (…) They say that a camera can rob a person of his soul. In this case, I believe it was just the opposite. With this camera, I believe that Sachs’s soul was gradually given back to him.” 4 likes
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