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The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
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Apr 10, 2010

bookshelves: american-fiction, paul-auster
Read in April, 2010

Paul Auster is awfully good at crafting dark, abstract things. First off, it's straight-up enjoyable because a) it's a detective story, and, as I've known since the age of three, detectives are cool, and b) instead of these detectives disentangling the plots and making the hidden apparent, they instead become more and more baffling and inscrutable. Yes, it's an immature work. I can imagine Paul Auster seated at his typewriter saying "aw shit, I'm TOTALLY going to fuck with their minds!" I don't care. He totally did fuck with my mind. And the opacity of his mindfucking (because it's really not that deep) makes the book even more charming-- something happens simply because it happens, something is weird simply because it is weird. It doesn't signify anything deeper, and Auster is a talented enough prose stylist to pull it off.
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