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Sunset Park | [Paul Auster]

Sunset Park

Twenty-eight-year-old Miles is haunted by guilt for having inadvertently caused the death of his step-brother, an incident that caused him to flee New York seven years previously. Now he lives in Florida, photographing the last traces of families who have abandoned their houses due to debt or foreclosure during the banking crisis. When a complicated romance forces him to go on the run again, he returns to Brooklyn to confront his father and his past.
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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-eight-year-old Miles is haunted by guilt for having inadvertently caused the death of his step-brother, an incident that caused him to flee New York seven years previously. Now he lives in Florida, photographing the last traces of families who have abandoned their houses due to debt or foreclosure during the banking crisis. When a complicated romance forces him to go on the run again, he returns to Brooklyn to confront his father and his past.

©2010 Paul Auster (P)2010 Canongate Books in partnership with Faber and Faber Ltd

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  • Philippa
    UK
    5/9/14
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    "Excellent listening experience"

    I really wasn't expecting much from this - it's a book club choice for me, so not something I'd ordinarily read but I was really impressed!

    Even though the writer reads it - which can ruin a book - the tone and pace is just right. No false 'voice' attempts, just a deep sensitive intonation that adds to the impact.

    The story follows Miles Heller at first but soon gives the perspectives of the three people he lives with in New York and then his father and mother. The quality of depth of feeling and understanding of people is brilliant. The people feel real - these aren't simplistic one dimensional caricatures but carefully drawn humans.

    The ending - perhaps the thing that goes wrong in books most often? Is slightly difficult but works I think.

    Really worth a credit - although you'll devour it quickly!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard M
    CHELMSFORD, United Kingdom
    11/22/14
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    "Not for me."
    What would have made Sunset Park better?

    This book is the first audible book I have failed to finish. The story was dire , disconnected and bleak


    What could Paul Auster have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Provided a better narrative, and more interesting characters .


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Auster’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Sunset Park?

    All!


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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