Saturday, April 07, 2007

Travels In The Scriptorium: A Novel by Paul Auster

This is a metaphysical detective story that one reviewer likens to Samuel Beckett. An old man, Mr. Blank, wakes up in a small room and does not know who he is or how he got there. Throughout the day, clues are presented that allow Mr. Blank glimpses into the truth of why he is there.

This was appropriately enough, a claustrophobic reading experience with moments of discomfort and claustrophobia. This is not a style of novel that I enjoy but I can appreciate the the mastery that the author shows. This is not a book I would recommend to any but the most adventurous readers.

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