The New York Trilogy:

by Paul Auster | Literature & Fiction |
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Registered by BookGroupMan of Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on 3/7/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, March 07, 2004
Some review comments and an extract from blurb:-

"A shatteringly clever piece of work"
"Seductive metaphysical thrillers"
"(NYC) becomes a strange, compelling landscape in which identities merge or fade and questions serve only to further obscure the truth"

In hindsight, I should have been suspicious right there before starting to read this book, nay, before even buying it. Words like ‘obscure’, ‘strange’ and ‘metaphysical’ have no place in reviews of fun books. In future I will look for ‘satisfying’, ‘funny’, ‘heart-warming’, maybe? I like ‘clever’, and enjoy having to think a little to follow a plot and appreciate underlying philosophies, but ‘shatteringly clever’ - what does that mean even??

Anyway, back to my review. This book consists of 3 separate detective stories (novellas really), although they are linked, but you don’t begin to see how until well into the 3rd. And even then, its all very confusing (well it was for this ‘Bear of Very Little Brain’!); familiar names crop up, events & characters get muddled together, time stretches & contracts and the poor reader loses all sense of perspective. In the end I didn’t see the point of it all? I didn’t feel any empathy with the main characters of each story, all 3 ‘tecs’ are similarly middle-aged, unsympathetic, flawed men, although we are led to believe that the first 2 are fiction, and the third ‘real’ – I don’t know really, I could care less! Sorry, maybe I wasn't in a very perceptive mood?

Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan at on Sunday, July 18, 2004
Released on Saturday, July 17, 2004 at BCUK 2004 Unconvention @ Apres Bar, Summerrow in Birmingham, England Controlled Releases.

Too many books! I think some of mine got picked up...should do wonders for my releasing & catching figures :)

Journal Entry 3 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Monday, July 19, 2004
Picked up at the Unconvention, another one I've heard so much about and never read before.

Journal Entry 4 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Saturday, September 11, 2004
I finished this earlier today and have racked my brains on how to review it. In the end, I have to say I agreed with BookGroupMan - I just didn't get it. By the time I got to the end of the third story (which, of the three, I had been enjoying the most) I could barely remember the other two, let alone how they linked and I just ended up utterly confused and I'm glad to see I wasn't alone in this. Maybe someday, someone will explain how clever it was.

Journal Entry 5 by perfect-circle at on Friday, September 24, 2004

Released 15 yrs ago (9/24/2004 UTC) at

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Going into the Col Mustard crime bookbox

Journal Entry 6 by pam99 from Ochiltree, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, December 05, 2005
picked out of the bookbox, thanks!

Journal Entry 7 by pam99 from Ochiltree, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, April 07, 2006
As with the other two, I wasn't quite sure what to make of this book but I did enjoy parts of his writing style. The book seems to run along general themes rather than a traditional detective story type plot, although each of the novellas has a 'story' of its own. All have a common theme of identity and of people 'disappearing' into the city and taking on new identities - this does make it confusing, particularly in the third of the triology where you're not at all sure who's who anymore! Worth giving it a go, though, I thought.

Releasing shortly as part of the 52 towns in 52 weeks challenge.

Journal Entry 8 by pam99 at hotel in Argyll, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, April 17, 2006

Released 13 yrs ago (4/15/2006 UTC) at hotel in Argyll, Scotland United Kingdom

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Don't know the name of the hotel but does nice pub lunches!

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