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Invisible | [Paul Auster]

Invisible

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's 15th novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when 20-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girlfriend, 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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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 15th novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when 20-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girlfriend, 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."

©2009 Paul Auster; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"As soon as you finish Paul Auster's Invisible, you want to read it again. . . . It is the finest novel Paul Auster has ever written." Clancy Martin, (The New York Times Book Review)

"Auster has never been better." (The Seattle Times, Best Books of 2009)

"Occasionally, a novel is so masterful it leaves you breathless. Paul Auster's Invisible is such a novel." (The Boston Globe)

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    David and Shoshana Cooper Brooklyn, NY USA 02-06-10
    David and Shoshana Cooper Brooklyn, NY USA 02-06-10

    This account mainly belongs to Shoshana Cooper, but as Audible has forced us to combine our account with our Amazon account, it has placed my loving husband's name on my reviews.

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    "One of Auster's Best"

    I am a big fan of Paul Auster and this is one of his best books. It is not quite as dark as some of his other novels and the story is revealed in an intriguing manner. Unlike most novelist, Auster narrates his own book and I really enjoy his deep voice. (In fact after listening to Brooklyn Follies, I read some other books of his and I could hear his voice telling me the story.)
    The characters are complex and without giving away the ending, I will say that it ties up enough of the story without seeming to be contrived. I highly recommend this engaging book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    "Left me uneasy"

    Very creative. Despite the flat tone of the author...I forgive him because he is the author, the story moved and kept my interest. At times I found myself having to put it down because it left me so uneasy. Who's a liar, who's telling the truth? Imagined or real, the events are disturbing. I couldn't put it down yet I was happy it was over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    YOON aix en provence, France 05-16-11
    YOON aix en provence, France 05-16-11
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    "It was amazing"

    I loved this story and narration as well. I feel special thinking that it's narrated by Paul auster himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Santo Andre, Brazil 06-14-14
    Jose Santo Andre, Brazil 06-14-14 Member Since 2009

    You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?

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    "A short long book"

    The book starts all right, it looks like a good story of the life of a student will be told. The rhythm is good and the facts unravel in a good pace. From the middle part of the book thing get weird. The main story changes without a reason, the narrator changes with no reasonable explanation, and at the end the narrator changes again with no explanation. It ends without answering most of the questions it creates. Maybe I am not very smart, or, maybe, this book is not that good. I did not like it. Paul Auster got his chance and he lost me.The book is short (7hrs, about 200 pages) but at the end it looks like it has 500 pages. I cannot recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas France 08-10-13
    Thomas France 08-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book, but no masterpiece"

    I enjoyed this book. The narrative is very nicely crafted, and I that's enough a reason for me to recommend it. Sadly however, in spite of a very good start, the story never reached the climax I was hoping for.

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    HeLEN tucson, Azerbaijan 01-31-13
    HeLEN tucson, Azerbaijan 01-31-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not a fan"
    What disappointed you about Invisible?

    I do not like Paul Auster's writing although I expected to enjoy it


    Has Invisible turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I guess I do not like the genre


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Move variation in voices


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked revisiting Columbia University in the 1960s


    Any additional comments?

    noo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    V. T. Carson Connecticut 10-30-11
    V. T. Carson Connecticut 10-30-11 Member Since 2004

    Audiobook Raven

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    "Be willing to suspend your disbelief"

    I like the author's style of writing, his lively intellect, and his intuition about what his characters are thinking. The subject of this novel, the development, and conclusion of the narrative are all quite puzzling, however, and controversial. How is Walker's incestuous relationship with his sister central to his character or relevant to his conflict with his nemesis, Robert Born? Perhaps his love of women is the product of his early-teen sexual contact with his sister and is central to understanding his protective stance with three other women in the novel. His defense of these women brings him into conflict with Professor Born on several occasions and it is those battles that power the book. Born's multiple roles of Professor, Agent, Double Agent, protector, and murder are also at the heart of the book, however, and those roles are implausible at best. It requires quite a suspension of disbelief to accept the central facts about Born, enjoy the characters in the fable, and continue your appreciation of the author, Paul Auster.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Cardoso new york city 01-07-10
    M. Cardoso new york city 01-07-10
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    "narration is flat"

    the monotone reading of this book flattens all the characters into one droning voice and the book never comes alive.

    The book is interesting and well written. So if you enjoy Paul Auster's writing, I'd recommend picking up a copy of the book, but skip the audio version.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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