Invisible

Invisible

Book - 2009
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"One of America's greatest novelists" dazzlingly reinvents the coming-of-age story in his most passionate and surprising book to date

Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, Paul Auster's fifteenth novel opens in New York City in the spring of 1967, when twenty-year-old Adam Walker, an aspiring poet and student at Columbia University, meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent and seductive girfriend, Margot. Before long, Walker finds himself caught in a perverse triangle that leads to a sudden, shocking act of violence that will alter the course of his life.

Three different narrators tell the story of Invisible, a novel that travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from Morningside Heights, to the Left Bank of Paris, to a remote island in the Caribbean. It is a book of youthful rage, unbridled sexual hunger, and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us into the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, between authorship and identity, to produce a work of unforgettable power that confirms his reputation as "one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers."

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805090802
0805090800
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 22 cm.

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Filthy_Doves
Apr 26, 2016

There are so many perspectives to this book and stories, the ending leaves you wondering what really happened and what is the truth. The part about the "Experiment" really caught me off guard.

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Mikela
Dec 28, 2012

I loved this book right up until the last 30 or so pages, then came an ending which left me feeling as though Auster just ran out of time before deadline and threw some random ideas out with the hope that the reader wouldn't notice. Despite the less than perfect ending it still IMHO rated 3.5*s

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loudem
Apr 01, 2012

Strange book, stranger end. All these people coming and going and coming back later, older with secrets that they deny. Incest described and then denied. Spies and triple agent. Seems like a big hodgepodge of confusion. And the confusion continues till the end with Born inviting Cecile to Quillia, an island from hell. The last scene is more unfathomable with the rock breakers. What does it all mean?

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merlinsdad
Apr 07, 2011

A very intriguing read. The landscape shifts quickly, so don't get too attached to a specific character. I would suggest to jjoyR that, while the topic may be repugnant, questions arise as to the reliability of the author, so maybe it's real and maybe it's not.
Auster's narrative flows smoothly and he manages the abrupt transitions quite nicely.

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velowallah
Nov 09, 2010

Ingenious and constantly intriguing book. The best Auster book in a really long time! The multiple narrative perspectives are particularly well done.

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RenJen
Jan 23, 2010

I hated being blindsided by the topic of incest. I would NOT recommend this book.

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jwhiteford
Jan 12, 2010

One of the best books I've read in a long time! So intelligently written, gripping, and unpredictable. Read it fast and as sorry when it was over.

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vickiz
Jan 09, 2010

Paul Auster's "Invisible" is a compelling, delicious, nasty read. The reader needs to adjust expectations and be reconciled to not really caring about or identifying with any of the characters, as none of them can be trusted to have an accurate picture of the central story and circumstances, and at least two of the characters are likely guilty of monstrous acts. Auster treats his characters more like moral chesspieces than people, and the book is more a puzzle for the reader to solve than a milieu in which the reader can imagine him or herself. In fact, a reference late in the book to "a laboratory of human possibilities" probably captures it best.

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