Invisible

Invisible

by Paul Auster
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
For this reader Paul Auster is one of the most brilliant writers working today. He is a total original who pens intriguing, beguiling prose of great depth and intensity. There are some books that one may scan and pretty much capture the author's narrative. Not so with Auster, his work requires concentration, thoughtfulness as one plumbs his intentions. His novels are complex yet totally satisfying. Auster's narrative voice is so rich, so distinctive that you can almost hear it. Such is the case with his fifteenth novel INVISIBLE. Relating his story in four parts we are introduced to Adam Walker in 1967 when he is 20, a second year student at Columbia, a self-described "know-nothing boy with an appetite for books and a belief (or delusion) that one day I would become good enough to call myself a poet...." He was at a party where he met Rudolf Born, an enigmatic man who would change the course of Adam's life. With Born was Margot, a French woman dressed all in black who was more than attractive to a young student. As the relationship between the three deepens Born offers Adam a large sum of money, $25,000, to start a literary magazine. What a piece of luck for a cash poor student! Then one evening as the two are strolling to dinner along Riverside Drive they are suddenly mugged. Born defends them by pulling a switchblade knife from an inside pocket and stabbing the assailant. Adam runs for help but returns to find the body gone. Shortly thereafter a body is found in a park with multiple stab wounds, and Born has gone to France. Part 1 has ended on a tense note as do each of the succeeding sections which take us from that time in 1967 through 2007. Three different narrators relate periods in Adam's life. What is truth? How fallible is memory? What are the forces that drive us or destroy us? Reading INVISIBLE is an unforgettable experience, both exhilarating and unsettling. It is classic Paul Auster, which is to say it is the finest today's literature can offer. - Gail Cooke
Chels33 More than 1 year ago
This book is not only a great story but the way it is told is just amazing to me. Even though the point of view changes a lot throughout Invisible it is still very easy to follow and the reader get a chance to view certain events through several different characters perspectives. Invisible is story that really shows how differently human beings can live their lives for good or bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Paul Auster's Invisible was a novel that challenged the human mind to almost develop a new way of thinking. This novel truly enraptured itself around the concept of "haunted". Auster's style was one of the factors that truly made this book a step ahead of every other. He never used quotations, rather wrote out intrigue sentences that makes the reader follow each conversation closely. His division of the novel into different narrations left the reader begging for more of another character's thoughts. If I had to describe Auster's style with one word I would use brilliant. His words flow out onto pages which almost forces the reader into another mode of reading. Auster's intended audience would be anyone who is mature enough to appreciate the beauty of his brilliant, yet disturbing novel. I recommend caution to anyone who reads this novel: do not judge the book until you have read the entire novel. The title of this novel truly reflects a major element of Invisible. One of the biggest themes in this book is love and the other memories. After the end of the novel I found myself questioning what I had even read for the last 100 or so pages. The novel flows so quickly that by the end of reading it is easy to find yourself wondering what makes sense in the world. Were all Adam's, (the main character) thoughts true? Or were they just distorted thoughts from a twisted soul? The love relationships presented in this novel also reflect around an almost "invisible" theme. Afterall the most interesting part of this novel was the relationships between Adam and the other characters. The relationship between Adam and his sister was particularly haunting, but certainly keeps the reader on the edge of his or her seat. The other relationships in this novel were just as interesting, but they were presented in different ways which made them worth understanding. It would be impossible to pick the most exciting part of the novel because each part kept me excited in this book. Now that I am done reading it, it is easy for me to appreciate Auster's work fully. His characters, the setting, the narrations all contributed to the greatness of his novel. The way the story ended was arguably one of the better endings of great novels. The conflicted information presented throughout the novel sums together at the end of the novel to leave the reader what in the world happened. The ending was enchanting, and left the reader begging for more to read, which in my opinion, is the best way to end a superb novel.
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The author's style of the book is certainly a unique one. The book is broken down into four individual parts, and not broken down into chapters. Each of the four parts is told in a new perspective by a new person. This adds depth and detail to the book as you get to read about the four different sides. Also, the book does not use quotation marks to show a person speaking. Each time someone speaks it becomes its own new paragraph in regular sentence form. One of the more interesting parts of the book was how Adam coped with the death of his little brother. Adam's little brother was six years old and drowned in a lake due to his inability to swim. After this incidence Adam's family started to deteriorate. Through all of the grievances Adam found himself closer to his sister. They escaped all of the problems in the family by being with each other. One night through it all, some sexual play occurred between the two. Adam and Gwyn only seem to be happy with they are with each other. One of the most exciting parts of the book is when Born murdered Cedric Williams. Adam and Born were walking down a down road when approached by a young boy asking them for their money. Born suddenly pulls out a pocket knife and stabs Cedric in the stomach. Cedric was still alive so Adam ran to the phone booth up the road to call for help, but when he came back both Born and Cedric were gone. The next day Cedric's body was found at the local park with over a dozen knife stabs in his stomach. Adam received a threat note from Born, which made Adam hesitant to turn Born into the police. After one week, he decided to but it was already too late, Born had escaped back to France. This incident affects Adam for the rest of his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the author created this book for mature teenagers and up. Some of the context is not appropriate for younger children. There are a lot of sexual references that are for mature audiences. I think the title is peculiar for the book, yet it is just right. It shows how someone can come into Adam's life and become invisible, yet, he is an extremely prominent figure in his life. Even though he is not present in Adam's life he is always there. It's like he is there, but invisible. I liked the ending. I think it tied everything together really well with all of the different perspectives. However,I wish Margot's perspective would have been included in the book. The most interesting part of the book was the way it was broken up into the different points of view. That added great dimension to the book and kept it interesting. The most exiting part of the book was when Borne just kind of ran off after the murder he committed. Then he just kind of randomly disappears. It was very suprising and I did not see that coming at all. I did not think he would kill that boy and then just run off. It creates the story because that incident affects the rest of Adam's life. I would describe the author's style as fresh and interesting. There was never a dull moment in the book, and everything tied together well with elements of suprise at times.
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