Moon Palace – Part 1

I enjoyed every aspect of Paul Auster’s novel, The Book of Illusions. It has tragedy, humour, romance, mystery, and a fantastic ending. It’s about a guy who deals with a personal tragedy by obsessively researching the films of an obscure silent-movie actor, and then writes a book about it. Which may not sound exciting, but it’s great. The day after I finished the novel, I went to a used bookstore and picked up two more books by Paul Auster: The New York Trilogy and Moon Palace. I also bought W.P. Kinsella‘s If Wishes Were Horses with the hope of getting back into his writing. However, I began reading Moon Palace during the walk home, and was immediately drawn into it. Not having much time to read, I’m only now on page 88, but so far so good. Auster begins the story by again creating a believable character who experiences a personal tragedy — and it’s been fun watching this sad, unheroic character crawl out of this hole. I don’t know if Auster intended for us to laugh at this guy’s misfortune, but that’s what I’m doing, and I’m having a good time.

I’ll say more in another 100 pages, or whenever I finish the book.

Continued: Moon Palace – Part 2.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at

4 Replies to “Moon Palace – Part 1”

  1. By the way, anyone reading the new Harry Potter book? It was illegal to read the book in Canada before the official release date. I read the first book years ago and enjoyed it well enough. I got bored with the second book about 10 pages into it because it was just more of the same thing. I’ve never been able to get into numbered book. I suppose if you care about the characters… Still (judging from the movies), Harry Potter is like Forrest Gump: heroic not by virtue of his intelligence.

  2. phil read the third book i think it is as good as the first perhaps better, but like you I have had difficulty finishing the other tiltles…of course i was the one who recommended donnie darko to you sooo….but do go rent Gunner Palace…about marines in Irag….ouch…

  3. I mean the hairy potter books phil..oh you’ll love what I m reading tonite..”The Responsible Public Servant”… and next in my reading que is “Local Government in Canada”…mayby I should go to the library instead of just reading whatever I can find around here….

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