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Paul Auster

Post by morning chorus » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:31 pm

Always an author that I meant to read and never did... So I just finished New York Trilogy.... very impressed... I presume many of you have read (and enjoyed) this?

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Re: Paul Auster

Post by indiansummer » Mon Oct 19, 2009 3:36 pm

It's very good, but personally i thought Brooklyn Follies and Oracle Night were better. Maybe not as experimental, but more fun, and infinitely readable (despite ON's weird footnotes throughout).

I've got Moon Palace in the 'to be read' pile anyway. There's a Jay McInerney novel and Bruce Campbell's autobio to get through before that though.
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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Popklubber » Mon Oct 19, 2009 4:18 pm

Mr Vertigo and The Book of Illusions are two of my favourite books, i'm not too keen on his later stuff it's been very disappointing each time he has released something new..

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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Carys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:24 pm

Popklubber wrote:Mr Vertigo and The Book of Illusions are two of my favourite books, i'm not too keen on his later stuff it's been very disappointing each time he has released something new..
Ditto. He's someone I often describe as my 'favourite writer', but Oracle Night was pathetic and I haven't even brought myself to read Travels In The Scriptorium. I like him less because he refused to sign my first edition of The Book of Illusions (my favourite) because I didn't buy a copy of Oracle Night (I had one at home but didn't think it was worth owning a signed copy).

I'm not sure if anyone here's read What I Loved by his wife Siri Hustvedt, but it shares a lot of the storyline with Oracle Night but is much, much better.

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Post by indiansummer » Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:09 pm

i really enjoyed Oracle Night but i've not read the other one. I don't know what that tells you.
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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Carys » Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:12 pm

indiansummer wrote:i really enjoyed Oracle Night but i've not read the other one. I don't know what that tells you.
Pathetic's a strong word, I guess. It's certainly my least favourite. I'd really recommend What I Loved, though - in spite of its 'chick lit' style marketing, it really is very good.

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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Richard » Mon Oct 19, 2009 10:45 pm

I never finshed 'Oracle Night', but really enjoyed 'The Music of Chance'. Has anyone seen the film version of it? I don't think anyone ever released it on VHS or DVD.

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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Gordon » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:46 am

This is good:
City of Glass: The Graphic Novel (Paperback)
by Paul Karasik

http://www.amazon.com/City-Glass-Graphi ... 0312423608

Paul Karasik (Adapter)
David Mazzucchelli (Adapter)
Paul Auster (Author)

I haven't read the original, but gather the graphic novel was a post-modern sliding-doors-style take on it.
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Post by indiansummer » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:53 am

The comic looks nice, but is kind of pointless if you've read the novel, which is pretty darn postmodern in itself.

I dunno... the artwork's lovely, but it didn't offer anything new.

That's how i felt anyway.
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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Gordon » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:00 am

Ah, luckily I didn't, but I remember it came very close to blowing my mind.
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Re: Paul Auster

Post by indiansummer » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:03 am

Gordon wrote:Ah, luckily I didn't, but I remember it came very close to blowing my mind.
I felt that way about the novel*! Great source material, i guess.

Dunno - i love comics, but i've not come across an adaptation of another novel that's made me think it was worthwhile.

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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Gordon » Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:25 am

I'll take this to the other thread...
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Re: Paul Auster

Post by Popklubber » Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:06 pm

I've stopped reading his books as well as i know i will be disappointed. I agree 'What i Loved' is fantastic as well, i don't think she's written anything else as good though.

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