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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140178135
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/02/1993
Edition description: Reprint Large Print
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 571,134
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.63(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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Leviathan 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
PapaDubs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Auster read so far but still quite enjoyable. I liked "The New York Trilogy" much better.
dawnpen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Obnoxious as it may seem (and is); Leviathan is about a writer writing Leviathan about a writer who already wrote Leviathan. And just to make things interesting the "writer" smells faintly of (who else) Paul Auster who is (of course) writing the novel. Yippie.
wouterzzzzz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intruiging story about a writer, Peter, having only limited time to tell the world the story of his best friend's, Ben, life. The reason why he does so, an unknown man blew himself up, is weird, and for a long time, you are kept in the dark how on earth this man is supposed to be Ben. With Peter being Ben's friend, much of what he tells is about himself, and the people he knows well. Every character is thoroughly described by Peter (or basically, by Auster), and it makes that for a large part of the book, you're overloaded by information, without really knowing why this is important. Only in the second part of the book, things start to come together, and the life of Ben starts to make sense (well... maybe it makes less sense). I would definitely recommend the book if you like stories, and especially those in which the characters are very important. More important than the events that take place.
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Auster's prose is mesmerizing. Once you start reading, it simply pulls you along, as the narrative unfolds in a series of confessions, drawing the reader into greater and greater intimacy with the cast of strange and wonderful characters that populate the world of this novel. The twists and turns of the plot are bizarre and unexpected, stretching credulity, but all the more gripping for doing so. This is enthralling stuff.
sturlington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿ve heard a lot about author Paul Auster, who is sometimes the toast of NPR and has also been behind one or two literate screenplays for movies I never got around to watching. But this is the first novel of his that I¿ve read, and all in all, I was disappointed.The first problem was Auster¿s writing style. Auster doesn¿t write in scenes or even snippets of action. Rather, he rambles on in description, forming gigantic paragraphs and incessant chapters (this 275-page book only had 5 chapters). The events of the story didn¿t seem to move along so much as to be dragged, and the characters were not people we got to know, but rather people that someone else was telling us about, if you can grasp the distinction.The second problem was of story. The book didn¿t seem to have much of one, although it kept hinting at a dire, fated outcome, which kept me turning pages to look for it. All the build-up contributed to the final letdown, as well. By the end of the book, I wasn¿t convinced that anything was motivating the characters. And I was disappointed, because I think Auster has the potential to be a great writer. He has a literate style and a knack for description. I just wish he could tell a better story.
lilywren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Leviathan is a book that illustrates wonderful writing, character development and description. This isn't a 'thriller/car chase/'oo what happen's next?' However, there is something about Auster's writing that makes sure you want to pick up the book as soon as possible and continue reading the wonderful prose.The story centres around writers Ben Sachs and his friend Peter. Peter writes about his friends life and their relationship over the years and throughout the book seems be the undercurrent thread that highlights how we often don't truly know about the lives, thoughts and even personalities of people we are close too.It isn't my favourite Auster book and, as someone commented in an earlier review, the plot is a little thin. That said, it still kept me interested to the very end.
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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.