From Publishers Weekly
This enigmatic interrogation into the life of the sequestered and nameless protagonist referred to as Mr. Blank will leave some listeners perplexed and others awestruck by Auster's manipulative narrative devices. Trapped within a room, Mr. Blank tries to recall who he is as a host of people from his past visits him. As usual, Hill performs fantastically with much energy and emotion. His edgy gravelly voice is tempered with a range of intensity that will grip listeners. Yet this doesn't deter him from a softer tone when vocalizing women or revealing a more sentimental element of the story. The only problem with Hill's voice is that his pitch ranges drastically, even in the same sentence. The sound engineers need to pay close attention and level it out. Otherwise, listeners are left constantly turning up and down the sound.
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Paul Auster dazzled the literary world two decades ago with the self-reflexive, playful New York Trilogy
. A dozen novels later, he continues to draw on the familiar situations and themes that marked him as one of the most accomplished experimentalists. Critics often compare Auster's multilayered tales of colliding realities and lost identities to those of Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and John Barth, though Travels in the Scriptorium
finds a mixed critical reception. Current Auster fans will enjoy the intricate allusions and wordplay. Those coming to the author for the first time may find the book obscureor worse, unengaging. For them, Moon Palace
, In the Country of Last Things
, or the New York Trilogy
would be better novels for discovering the classic Auster. Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
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