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Leviathan
     

Leviathan

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by Paul Auster
 

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A “compelling” (Los Angeles Times) tale of friendship, betrayal, estrangement, and the unpredictable intrusions of violence in the everyday – from the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1:  A Novel

"Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin. . . ." So begins the story

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A “compelling” (Los Angeles Times) tale of friendship, betrayal, estrangement, and the unpredictable intrusions of violence in the everyday – from the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1:  A Novel

"Six days ago, a man blew himself up by the side of a road in northern Wisconsin. . . ." So begins the story by Peter Aaron about his best friend, Benjamin Sachs. Sachs had a marriage Aaron envied, an intelligence he admired, a world he shared. And then suddenly, after a near-fatal fall that might or might not have been intentional, Sachs disappeared. Now Aaron must piece together the life that led to Sach's death. His sole aim is to tell the truth and preserve it, before those who are investigating the case invent an account of their own.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Leviathan:

“Rich and complex. . .with fully fleshed characters, a fast-paced plot, thematic sophistication, and narrative cunning.”
The Boston Globe
 
“The allure of Auster’s elegant plotting, the play of his ideas, and the sensuous nature of the prose keep us firmly hooked.”
The Chicago Tribune
 
“Auster’s most accessible, engaging book.  He treats us to his best, clear-eyed prose.”
The New York Times Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140179583
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Pages:
288

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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Leviathan 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I bought this book because I like Paul Auster and I was looking for a good book to take with me on a plane. I had no idea what was waiting for me. Once again, Auster's story is so plausible and thoroughly detailed that you can't help but think it to be true. Sachs becomes known to all of us by the end of the book - exactly Auster's, and Peter's, intention. Anyone who has had a close friend - one whose commitment and responsibilities are questionable at times - should read this book. I learned about myself. As for Auster, he is a master storyteller, and he is doing exactly what he should be doing in this world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My dad found this book when I was 8. I kept the book for some reason. Just this summer I picked it up and actually read it. And I have to say that I should have read it a long time ago, but I am glad that I have such a gem in my bookshelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a ninth grade student and I've just begun to read Auster. His style is amazing and I find that the writing is intellectual and interesting while at the same time being imaginative and meaningful as well. So far I've only read a handful of his books but so far they've failed to disappoint me. Woo hoo, go Paul Auster!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Leviathan, Auster relates the story of a deep and unbreakable friendship between two men whose tumultuous lives mercilessly toss them about in a storm of happiness and hardships. It demonstrates with frightening plausibility that a string of seemingly random events can indeed end with a tragic climax. With the skill of somebody who writes what he knows, Auster creates characters so REAL that you feel like you've known them all of your life.