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review 2016-04-22 00:00
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass/ Ghosts/ the Locked Room
The New York Trilogy: City of Glass/ Ghosts/ the Locked Room - Paul Auster I have to hold firm with myself to leave The New York Trilogy at 3 stars, because overall I liked it, I finished it quick enough, but the more I think about it, the more I believe it was a waste of time.

I read the trilogy together, launching into the Ghosts as soon as City of Glass ended, etc. so that the connection could be as fresh in my mind as they could be.

Of the three City of Glass was the most enjoyable, involving morose detective-fiction writer Daniel Quinn. He answers his phone, responds to a name that is not his own - Paul Auster - and becomes immersed in a case like one out of his books. The narrative deliberately sows confusion with multiple cases of mistaken identity, "the" Paul Auster, and a stake-out that just won't end. I was hoping that the pace and style of this book would continue - but the novellas are only tangentially related.

Ghosts begins with a stake-out, a private investigator paid to ceaselessly watch another man for years. Everything is chromatic with all characters being named after colors (White, Brown, Violet, Black, etc.) all very Tarantino. Blue, like Quinn, begins to lose himself in the case he's investigating. The narrative belabors the repetition of it all, the endless watching, the wondering, the edge-of-your-seat drama of nothing happening at all.

The Locked Room goes back to a more stable narrative, but this time it is a would-be writer who lacks the inspiration to write fiction. He is contacted by the widow of a childhood friend and asked to edit and shepherd Fanshawe's manuscripts into print. On discovering that the manuscripts are brilliant, he accepts. He also avails himself of that widow and the life that Fanshawe might have had, bearing the burden of his late friend's life has more consequences than he anticipated.

All three works have passing references to each other and Auster is making some meta-fictional point about art and life and blah blah blah, but it didn't grab a hold of me. When I wasn't reading the book I wasn't thinking about it, my initial pleasure that I was reading a modern noir gamechanger faded the further I got into it. I need a bit more to go on. Eh. Two.
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url 2015-06-05 14:52
Neil Gaiman leads authors stepping in to back Charlie Hebdo PEN award
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For - Alison Bechdel
Maus I : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History - Art Spiegelman
Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq - George Packer
Black Bazaar - Alain Mabanckou
The New York Trilogy - Paul Auster,Luc Sante,Art Spiegelman
The Summer Without Men - Siri Hustvedt
The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie

I like Neil Gaiman and I'm so glad he is in support of giving Charlie Hebdo Pen award.

 

I'm also met Art Spiegelman attending a Pen event, and at the talk, he did speak about the important of freedom of expression. And true to his words, he back Charlie Hebdo getting the reward. 

 

This would stay with me for a long time. 

 

So happy to read Paul Auster, another one of my favorite writers are supporting this as well. 

 

"So many writers have come out to express their support for freedom of expression. 

Gaiman tweeted: “I’ll be hosting a table at the PEN event because it’s important.” He told the Associated Press in an email: “I was honoured to be invited to host a table. The Charlie Hebdo cartoonists are getting an award for courage: They continued putting out their magazine after the offices were firebombed, and the survivors have continued following the murders.”

 

“They died for their beliefs. The award is for courage that transcends our like or dislike of them,” Nafisi tweeted this weekend. She also wrote: “PEN award to CH is recognition of the writers’ & artists’ rights to ‘disturb the peace,’ regardless of the price”."

 

Here is a good writers list that worth a mention. 

 

Neil Gaiman

Alison Bechdel

Art Spiegelman

Azar Nafisi

George Packer

Alain Mabanckou

Paul Auster

Siri Hustvedt

Simon Schama

Richard Ford

Sara Paretsky

Salman Rushdie

 

 

 

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review 2014-01-25 18:15
The Locked Room
The Locked Room (The New York Trilogy, #3) - Paul Auster

I'm so glad I've finished this trilogy!

 

I don't know what to say about this book. It is the same as the first two books. The same themes, the same kind of story, and for me the same kind of disappointments. I'm glad I've finished the trilogy now, so I can move on to a book that doesn't loose sight of the story in order to write stylistic books (which is fine by me, but not when it also implicates that there won't be a story...)

 

The locked room is the third and final novel in The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster.

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review 2014-01-25 18:12
Ghosts
Ghosts - Paul Auster

'A ghost!'

'Where?'

Never mind, because as the reader will have already noticed, this is just some post modern plot device.

You just have to love it.

 

With Ghosts, Paul Auster's second book in The New York Trilogy, I once again really liked the beginning. OK, I wasn't sure about all people having colours for names, but still, I really liked the story. And then, after that, it just kind of stopped for me. I found the end very unsatisfactory, and I'm still wondering if and how the three parts of this trilogy will fit together.

 

Ghosts is the second book in the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

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review 2014-01-25 18:08
City of Glass
City of Glass - Paul Auster

I don't know what to say about this story. I liked the beginning and was intrigued by the story, but at times and especially near the end more often than not I was thinking, stop this post-modernistic nonsense and try and complete the story.
I felt I was left with more questions than usual...

 

Because this book claims to be a detective story, and yes, there is a detective in it, but is seems to me it's more a story of looking for oneself than someone.

 

City of Glass is the first novel in the New York Trilogy by Paul Auster

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