What do you all think the ending was? Just a big satiric joke? Like all this questioning life, and reality, and perception, love etc... is all for what? What do you think the significance was of that "shooting star"?
The ending was deliberately left open, but my interpretation was that the house was struck by the meteor just at the point when he had gotten his life right. The idea of death by meteor was foreshadowed much earlier in the book, and just a few pages before the end, it was pointed out that you never know whether any given day will be your last.
The first time I read it, I was shocked and disappointed at the thought of Asterios and Hana being killed by the asteroid. But after discussing and thinking on it, I re-read the ending and interpreted it as just a star in the distance, like those that come to Earth daily and do nothing. So I think that the open ending is the "ultimate" structuralist duality.
* The character that searches asteroids appeared before in other Mazzuchelli's story called "Near miss" and published in Rubber Blanket #1. * The end of Asterios Polyp reminds me a quote of Macbeth in the Shakespeare's play: "Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".