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Booking It–Gifts

January 11, 2010

Yes, this post is shamelessly stolen from Stephanie but for now I’m okay with that.

What books did you get for Christmas?

My wonderful in-laws got me Invisible by Paul Auster for Christmas and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I have made my way through seveal Auster novels (New York Trilogy, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies) and have not yet been disappointed. From other readers I’ve heard that Auster explores the use of 2nd person voice which has always intrigued me.

Here are the publisher’s comments on the novel:

One of America’s greatest novelists dazzlingly reinvents the coming-of-age story in his most passionate and surprising book to date.

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster’s fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

Three different narrators tell the story of Invisible, a novel that travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from Morningside Heights, to the Left Bank of Paris, to a remote island in the Caribbean. It is a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us into the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, between authorship and identity, to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as one of America’s most spectacularly inventive writers.

Always toying with meta-fiction, the main character has striking similarities to the author (age, university, etc.) and it promises to be a good read.

Along with the book, I also received a B&N gift card that has yet to be used.

Any suggestions?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kolby permalink
    January 12, 2010 1:03 am

    If you care for a bit of nonfiction I would recommend The Fourth Part of the World by Toby Lester was an excellent read. Fictionwise I am really enjoying the new Kazuo Ishiguro.

  2. Kolby permalink
    January 12, 2010 1:04 am

    wow that comment was really terribly written. my apologies.


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