Moon Palace

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Spanning three generations, and illuminated by marvelous flights of lyricism and wit, Moon Palace follows an orphan child of the sixties as he seeks the key to his past and the answers to the riddle of his fate.

Against the mythical dreamscape of America, Auster brilliantly weaves the bizarre narrative of Marco Stanley Fogg in Moon Palace Fogg goes through a period of time when he nearly starves himself to death out of poverty and dejection, is rescued by a ...

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Overview

Spanning three generations, and illuminated by marvelous flights of lyricism and wit, Moon Palace follows an orphan child of the sixties as he seeks the key to his past and the answers to the riddle of his fate.

Against the mythical dreamscape of America, Auster brilliantly weaves the bizarre narrative of Marco Stanley Fogg in Moon Palace Fogg goes through a period of time when he nearly starves himself to death out of poverty and dejection, is rescued by a beautiful Chinese girl named Kitty Wu, and ends up as the live-in helper to an invalid old man, the recording of whose life story becomes Marco's obsession and the focus of the novel.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The moon as a poetic and planetary influence over earthly affairs runs as a theme, wittily ransacked, throughout this elegant fiction by award-winning novelist and poet Auster. Marco Fogg is a loner and a dreamer, whose ``mind is on the moon,'' and who in a state of elation unfolds moonlore to his friends. The year of the moon landing finds Fogg living in spartan reclusivity until forced from his New York apartment to roam as a Central Park vagrant. His rescue by Kitty Wu, a gentle Chinese girl, leads to their poignant and tenuous love. Like some of Auster's earlier protagonists, Fogg senses he has a kindred, submerged or vanished other self. Here, it is Fogg's father, who went into eclipse before his birth; the quest for the parent forms a narrative thread. When Fogg serves as reader/companion to the elderly cripple Barber, aka ``Effing,'' who recounts his adventures in a Western wilderness where he buried a cache of paintings, Fogg's fate takes an unexpected turn.
Library Journal - Grimm
The novel's fantastic quality can be hard to swallow, and some of the action is maddeningly distant, but it's interesting, worthwhile reading. -- Library Journal
Allon Reich
Moon Palace is a richly textured fairy tale which is his most sustained and powerful work to date. . . . The story is told in regulated, measured prose, sufficiently flexible to accommodate, at certain moments, an emotional intensity which Auster has not achieved in his fiction before. . . . [The book] becomes a semi-nostalgic epitaph for the lost innocence of the 1960s American dream, when a young man could still get west, chastened by his voyage through the vast empty wilderness, and declare that 'this is where my life begins'. -- The New Statesman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140115857
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/1990
  • Series: Contemporary American Fiction Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 416,206
  • Product dimensions: 5.05 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Auster

Paul Auster’s novels include Brooklyn Follies, Oracle Night, and In the Country of Last Things, as well as two memoirs, a collection of essays, a volume of poems, and the screenplays for several films. His work has been translated into over 30 languages.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Paul Benjamin
    2. Hometown:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 3, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970

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    Posted March 16, 2013

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    Posted March 16, 2013

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    Posted March 16, 2013

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    Posted March 18, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2002

    nice, but

    I think people tend to take Auster too seriously. Auster writes nice, interesting books, but he never was or will be a great writer. This I say despite the fact that he tries to portray himself as so ¿ using intertextuality, complex narration, brooding and "deep" imagery - and this is his problem ¿ he does it as an amateur. It seems to me that Auster made his homework and read the masters, however, not hard enough. He doesn't have what they have, or have so little of it, yet he approaches writing as if he was one, and the result is dissatisfying. He is simply not Kafka, or Henry James, or even Salman Rushdie or Coetzee. For those of you who have some background, reading serious stuff ¿ and those who've done it know what I'm talking about ¿ stay away or you'll be disappointed. For others, who would like to enjoy more than average level of writing ¿ enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2001

    Now you have your own PALACE...right in the MOON

    Cheaper than travelling and pretty much the same excitement. Monn Palace really takes you to the moon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2001

    excellent

    This is really an outstanding book. Well written, worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    A new favourite

    Despite my better judgement on the insistent, persistent and downright annoying recommendation of a friend, I temporarily abandoned my quest to read all the classics before the age of 26 and read this novel. I was not disapointed and only scared as I seem to be in a similar position to the protagonist and inhabiting the same area of Manhattan. However the tips on eating an egg a day are invaluable. I am dying to read more Paul Auster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    Excellent

    Nothing else to say.

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