The Invention of Solitudeby Paul Auster
So begins The Invention of Solitude, Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. The first section, "Portrait of an Invisible Man," reveals Auster's memories and feelings after the death of his father, a distant, undemonstrative, almost cold man. As he attends to his father's business affairs and sifts through his effects, Auster uncovers a sixty-year-old family murder mystery that sheds light on his father's elusive character. In "The Book of Memory," the perspective shifts from Auster's identity as son to his role as father. Through a mosaic of images, coincidences, and associations, the narrator, "A," contemplates his separation from his son, his dying grandfather, and the solitary nature of storytelling and writing.
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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.
- Brooklyn, New York
- Date of Birth:
- February 3, 1947
- Place of Birth:
- Newark, New Jersey
- B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970
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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.
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!!!
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!
They sent the wrong book. Just found out, having just moved and unpacked the package - have to contact them to rectify the situation.