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Winter Journal by Paul Auster
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Aug 30, 2012

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This is perhaps the best thing Auster has written in well over a decade. I was expecting much worse after reading that it was 'a terrible book – the kind of self-indulgent, ill-conceived, and poorly-edited disaster that makes you doubt whether or not you could truly have liked the works that preceded it' (The Guardian). Shockingly, the second person narration isn't tiresome and in fact enhances the narrative: Auster the writer is writing to you, Auster the man who goes back over these words in the near to distant future, and, obviously, us the reader.

The book can be tedious, especially when Auster attempts to mimic Beckett- and Joyce-like lists. And this is a work that would never have been published if Auster weren't the entity that he is today. However, being a general fan of his work, I did find myself enjoying this lovingly clumsy memoir. It doesn't hurt that he too is a Park Slope resident.

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