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True Tales of American Life Paperback – January 1, 2001
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'It is difficult to think of another book published this year, and probably any book to be published next year, that is so simple and so obvious, so excellent in intention and so elegant in its execution, and which displays such wisdom and such knowledge of human life in all its varieties.' Ian Sansom, Guardian; 'Fantastic... Glows with the truth of shared human experience.' The Face; 'Astonishing... This is writing at its very finest.' Independent
About the Author
Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Invisible, Moon Palace, Mr Vertigo, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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For any screenwriter looking for character insights, background color, or just the you-can't-make-it-up quirkiness of real life, this book is worth devouring. Great short reads make this book rewarding to pick up and put down.
I'd give it five stars, but for two reasons:
1) Every story begins on a new page, often leaving TONS of white space after it ends, often at the top of a page. Closing up would have meant a shorter, handier book and saved oodles of trees.
2) Auster states that these stories offer "some elegant and sophisticated writing ... also much that is crude and awkward." But he has quietly pared away the crude and the awkward, adding canny turns of phrase and making single words dynamic in a way that only a practiced wordsmith can do.