The Invention of Solitude

The Invention of Solitude

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by Paul Auster
     
 

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In this debut work by New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy), The Invention of Solitude, a memoir, established Auster’s reputation as a major new voice in American writing. His moving and personal meditation on fatherhood is split into two stylistically separate sections. In the first, Auster reflects on the

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In this debut work by New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy), The Invention of Solitude, a memoir, established Auster’s reputation as a major new voice in American writing. His moving and personal meditation on fatherhood is split into two stylistically separate sections. In the first, Auster reflects on the memories of his father who was a distant, undemonstrative, and cold man who died an untimely death. As he sifts through his Father’s things, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old murder mystery that sheds light on his father’s elusive character. In the second section, the perspective shifts and Auster begins to reflect on his own identity as a father by adopting the voice of a narrator, “A.” Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations “A,” contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, turning the story into a self-conscious reflection on the process of writing.

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:
9780143112228
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/30/2007
Edition description:
25th Anniv. Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
745,729
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Charles Baxter
Both quiet and eloquent…Paul Auster's memoir combines the subjects of time, language, and family into a beautifully moving and intelligent mosaic.
—(Charles Baxter, author of First Light)

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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Invention of Solitude 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CityReader More than 1 year ago
I like Auster's early novels, but this slice of memoir just moved me so much, as a daughter who lost her father when she was young, the mystery of absence that he speaks about and how you try to compensate in your own kid's lives is amazing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i was completely surprised to read and find myself over and over again in this book. it s almost as if i had written it myself! i think it is a wonderful material to reflect upon our lives and closest family and how we relate to them. and also about never having met your own father. i just felt completely identified!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a touching recollection of our roles in life. Being a daughter, myself, I connected with Auster the son and further more about myself as a person through theraputic writting inspired by this novel. Easy to read, hard to understand, what a lovely combination. Need a break of relfection? Read this book and be blown away!
BNFANW More than 1 year ago
They sent the wrong book. Just found out, having just moved and unpacked the package - have to contact them to rectify the situation.