City of Glass (The New York Trilogy #1)

City of Glass (The New York Trilogy #1)

by Paul Auster


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From Paul Auster, author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1:  A novel – his debut work of fiction, the first volume in his acclaimed “New York Trilogy” series of novels

Nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, City of Glass inaugurates the intriguing New York Trilogy of novels that the Washington Post Book World has classified as "post-existentialist private eye...It's as if Kafka has gotten hooked on the gumshoe game and penned his own ever-spiraling version." As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective fiction and crime books, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written. New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster combines dark humor with Hitchcock-like suspense to City of Glass.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140097313
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/1987
Series: New York Trilogy , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 374,227
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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City of Glass (The New York Trilogy #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jburlinson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I place this item on a none-too-tiny list of literary Rorschach tests. Unconvinced? Please sample any ten of my fellow reviewer's estimates of the "meaning" of this book.The best parts of this book are the hero's various meetings with the two Peter Stillmans, father & son. The dialogs between Quinn and these two grotesques are very amusing. Interesting use of the author as character in his own fiction -- though not as entertaining as other masters of this specialty: Roth (P.), Vidal, Mailer.
the_terrible_trivium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Starts out good but drags before its short duration is up.
sfhaa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fascinating, modern story about the nature of authors and how a story can seemingly be autobiographical whilst meddling with the realities of being the writer in the book AND the character in a fictional story at the same time. A modern Jorge Louis Borges. Looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
amydross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a strange and fascinating book. A near perfect example of how fiction can say things about language and identity that theory fumbles at... I'll be thinking about this one for a long time.
BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Q: How many Paul Austers can there be in one novel?A: Lots
BraulioTavares on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An oddball mystery. It begins like a conventional P.I. investigation but then veers toward the Kafkaesque and the absurd. The second half reminded me of Hawthorne's "Wakefield" short story. There is to the whole thing a sort of phantom quality which also reminded me (I'm not so sure why) of Jim Jarmusch's movie "Dead Man". Chapter 8 has a stunning explanation for the seemingly random walkabouts of a character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago