The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
When I must say it took me 100 pages or so to get into the story, I found it a little mundane and quite quirky in places but as it was a book club book I persevered and it wasn’t so bad. There was definitely an interlock themes and characters in each story even though they were meant as separate.
This story is split up into 3 short mystery-ish stories, The first story is about a tragic author and his need for human connection as well as a connection to life. He partakes in a bizarre situation come about by what seem to be unbelievable circumstances.
The second short story is another story that includes a detective, and takes some interesting turns. As I was now vaguely familiar with the writing style it was much more enjoyable, I enjoyed the twists and how the ending left me feeling that I wanted to know more. It seems to be a common factor for Auster in this book.
The final short story has been my favourite, we get much more background and plot setup, and it is far easier to read. I enjoyed the ending and felt that what Auster was doing was quite clever. However, this book was just ok. I can see why it would be brilliant for its time but for me it just wasn’t what I enjoy to read.
At times, I have loved and hated this book which leaves me in a predicament. I am not sure if it was an enjoyable read, but, I don’t regret reading it. Overall, I don’t think I have the heart to recommend it without the pretext of stating that this book is heavy and can be confusing at times but is full of literary techniques that will excite the mind of a critic.
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20 books for 2020
- Philip Pullman – The Subtle Knife
- Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls
- Barney Norris – Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain
- Shirley Jackson – Life Among the Savages
- Madeline Miller – Circe
- Jenni Murray – A history of Britain in 21 Women
- Chris Kraus – I Love Dick
- Carrie Hope Fletcher – All that she can see
- Kathrine Arden – The Bear and the Nightingale
- William Golding -The Lord of the Flies
- E. M. Forster – Maurice
- Philip Pullman – The Amber Spyglass
- Alice Walker – The Colour Purple
- Zadie Smith – On Beauty
- Jennifer Worth – In the Midst of Life
- Tim Winton – The Turning
- Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
- Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus
- Matt Haig – How to Stop Time
- Brandon Sanderson – Skyward
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