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The Invention of Solitude Paperback – January 30, 2007
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Auster is conscious of how little knowledge he actually has of his father's early childhood years, how unenlightened he is with regard to his father's inner life, how few clues he has to his father's character and how little understanding of the underlying reasons for his father's immunity from the world at large. Through an amazing co-incidence involving his cousin, Auster learns of a terrible secret buried deep in his father's childhood past - the story was splashed across old newspaper reports of the time, sixty years before - of a shocking family tragedy that shattered his father's childhood world and could have seriously affected his mental outlook during his formative years, accounting for the solitariness and elusiveness that characterised the "invisible man" of Auster's childhood. Excellent, compelling writing! Dramatic revelations from a grim, distant past finally brought to light! Highly recommended!Read more ›
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An unusually penetrating and thoughtful piece of reflection -- especially when it comes to Auster's analysis of his father. The writing is beautiful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by P. Stern
A good book to read that provides a lot of insight into the human mind.Published 8 months ago by David Keir Wright
I am a big fan of paul auster. the way he describe the story and the scene is amazingly poetic and detailed. I love it.Published 11 months ago by yerinkim
I learned a lot from this book but it left me sort of sad. I have the feeling that the father was ashamed of his mother's crime and therefore did not want to make a lasting... Read morePublished 18 months ago by maria porcina sanmiguel
Great technique. However, I don't like Auster expressed views and reflections on life itself.
In this case, the son isn't the victim. The father is. Read more
Previously, I have only read Auster's Book of Illusions. Now I want to read everything else he has written. This book, The Invention of Solitude is beautiful in every word. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Tess
This book is very interesting and written in a way that one cannot stop reading. The author portrays his father in a very clear way describing the present human problems.Published on January 23, 2014 by Yecheskiel Cohen