"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."
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It’s 1967, and we learn on the first page that Adam is “a second-year student at Columbia,” a “know-nothing boy with an appetite for books and a belief (or delusion) that one day I would become good enough to call myself a poet.” So we know we are dealing with a bildungsroman, and as I read the n...Nov 12 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
Paul Auster is a writer with many skills: a disarming directness of style, a subtle ability to render subtle psychology, a connoisseur's feel for the novel form – its limits and its play – and much besides.Nov 29 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
Born flatters Adam by proposing that he finance a literary magazine to be edited by the gifted student, and so begins an alliance that sees Adam engage in an affair with Margot and witness the increasingly unstable Born murder a young man who threatens him.Nov 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
The issue of narrative voice --- how and why writers choose to tell a story in that particular voice --- is at the heart of the novel: “By writing about myself in the first person, I had smothered myself and made myself invisible, had made it impossible for me to find the thing I was looking for.Jan 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
Invisible is ostensibly about Adam Walker, a precocious young poet who finds himself tugged into the vicious orbit of a French political-science professor after they're involved in a life-changing act of violence.Oct 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
In fact, as we learn in the next section, we have actually been reading a fragment of Adam's unpublished memoir -- a fragment that is being shared with us by a successful novelist named James Freeman, who knew Adam when they attended Columbia together 40 years ago.Nov 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
Like the multiple inferences of the title (missing library books, possible espionage, the private agonies of people in lust), the main attraction of Invisible is Auster’s trademark multilayered examination of reality and identity.Nov 15 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
A strong element of games-playing becomes apparent in the way in which Born choreographs the triangular relationship between himself, Walker and Margot, which is interrupted by a random act of extreme violence, perpetrated by Born and witnessed by Walker.Nov 07 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
Paul Auster, known for fiction that deals with memory, elusive identities, and stories within stories, is the best-selling author of the New York Trilogy and other novels.Oct 26 2009 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
Paul Auster's novel, Invisible, is a novel within a novel about a man who yields his memoir, not quite finished before his death, to an old friend, a famous writer, who pieces things together in a patchy, start-and-stop, but ultimately satisfying way.Oct 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Invisible (Rough Cut)
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