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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    MASTERFUL, INVENTIVE, ORIGINAL

    For this reader Paul Auster is one of the most brilliant writers working today. He is a total original who pens intriguing, beguiling prose of great depth and intensity. There are some books that one may scan and pretty much capture the author's narrative. Not so with Auster, his work requires concentration, thoughtfulness as one plumbs his intentions. His novels are complex yet totally satisfying. Auster's narrative voice is so rich, so distinctive that you can almost hear it. Such is the case with his fifteenth novel INVISIBLE.

    Relating his story in four parts we are introduced to Adam Walker in 1967 when he is 20, a second year student at Columbia, a self-described "know-nothing boy with an appetite for books and a belief (or delusion) that one day I would become good enough to call myself a poet...." He was at a party where he met Rudolf Born, an enigmatic man who would change the course of Adam's life. With Born was Margot, a French woman dressed all in black who was more than attractive to a young student.

    As the relationship between the three deepens Born offers Adam a large sum of money, $25,000, to start a literary magazine. What a piece of luck for a cash poor student! Then one evening as the two are strolling to dinner along Riverside Drive they are suddenly mugged. Born defends them by pulling a switchblade knife from an inside pocket and stabbing the assailant. Adam runs for help but returns to find the body gone. Shortly thereafter a body is found in a park with multiple stab wounds, and Born has gone to France.

    Part 1 has ended on a tense note as do each of the succeeding sections which take us from that time in 1967 through 2007. Three different narrators relate periods in Adam's life. What is truth? How fallible is memory? What are the forces that drive us or destroy us?

    Reading INVISIBLE is an unforgettable experience, both exhilarating and unsettling. It is classic Paul Auster, which is to say it is the finest today's literature can offer.

    - Gail Cooke

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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