©2009 Paul Auster; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can tell who I am by my reading, or can you?
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.
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.
I do not like Paul Auster's writing although I expected to enjoy it
I guess I do not like the genre
Move variation in voices
I liked revisiting Columbia University in the 1960s
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.
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