Book Review: The New York Trilogy

11941009The 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.

Let me know in the comments below what you thought of this book and what you are currently reading!

You can check out my 20 Books for 2020 and good reads to keep up to date with what I am reading next: 

Until next time.


20 books for 2020

  1. Philip Pullman – The Subtle Knife
  2. Patrick Ness – A Monster Calls EF015001-950D-45CF-863E-18722F79F5C9
  3. Barney Norris – Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain EF015001-950D-45CF-863E-18722F79F5C9
  4. Shirley  Jackson – Life Among the Savages
  5. Madeline Miller – Circe
  6. Jenni Murray – A history of Britain in 21 Women
  7. Chris Kraus – I Love Dick
  8. Carrie Hope Fletcher – All that she can see
  9. Kathrine Arden – The Bear and the Nightingale
  10. William Golding -The Lord of the Flies
  11. E. M. Forster – Maurice EF015001-950D-45CF-863E-18722F79F5C9
  12. Philip Pullman – The Amber Spyglass
  13. Alice Walker – The Colour Purple
  14. Zadie Smith – On Beauty
  15. Jennifer Worth – In the Midst of Life
  16. Tim Winton – The Turning
  17. Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
  18. Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus
  19. Matt Haig – How to Stop Time
  20. Brandon Sanderson – Skyward

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