The Invention of Solitude

The Invention of Solitude

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by Paul Auster
     
 

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Paul Auster's book starts with an event at once ordinary and unique. . .His father, after a divorce and 15 years of living alone in a big house in New Jersey, 'in the best of health, not even old, with no history of illness,' suddenly died. . . .It overwhelmed [Paul] not only with shock but also with a desperate need to examine at last his memory of the man who had… See more details below

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Paul Auster's book starts with an event at once ordinary and unique. . .His father, after a divorce and 15 years of living alone in a big house in New Jersey, 'in the best of health, not even old, with no history of illness,' suddenly died. . . .It overwhelmed [Paul] not only with shock but also with a desperate need to examine at last his memory of the man who had been his father . . . .Solitude starts with. . .Auster's urge to save his father's life from vanishing along with his father. It leads initially to an evocation of his father's conduct and oddities, a reconstruction made of remembered scraps and impressions.—The New York Times

Editorial Reviews

New York Newsday
...Integrates heart and intellect, sensation and speculation.
W. S. Merwin
The clearest and most telling passages...seem to have emerged more or less as they are out of the guiding impulse....Mr. Auster...turns from his subject to an examination of the attempt to write about it, self-consciously tracing a self-consciousness that occasionally affects the style and form of his account without benefiting them....The mode....is often obtrusive in this book, but it suggests that much of the story has yet to be told.
The New York Times
W S. Merwin
The clearest and most telling passages...seem to have emerged more or less as they are out of the guiding impulse....Mr. Auster...turns from his subject to an examination of the attempt to write about it, self-consciously tracing a self-consciousness that occasionally affects the style and form of his account without benefiting them....The mode....is often obtrusive in this book, but it suggests that much of the story has yet to be told.
The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140106282
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/1988
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth:
February 3, 1947
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
Education:
B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970

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