3 Books I’ve Read

I don’t often read books because they make my brain hurt. Here are 3 books I’ve read recently that didn’t hurt my brain too much. The Music of Chance by Paul Auster (8/10) — Another hypnotic and fantastic narrative by Paul Auster. If I told you the story you might ask, “How is that a story?” But it’s the intimacy of the writing that pulls it along, the journey, not

Moon Palace – Part 3

I just finished reading Paul Auster’s novel, Moon Palace. It’s the second novel of his I’ve read. The first was The Book of Illusions, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I wish I could come up with a better summation than that. “Thoroughly enjoyed” doesn’t really say much, does it? But there you go. I enjoyed every aspect of the novel, every aspect of Auster’s writing style. He doesn’t use overtly dramatic

Moon Palace – Part 2

From page 170 of Paul Auster’s novel, Moon Palace, which I’ve been reading at a rate of perhaps five pages a day: The true purpose of art was not to create beautiful objects, he discovered. It was a method of understanding, a way of penetrating the world and finding one’s place in it, and whatever aesthetic qualities an individual canvas might have were almost an incidental by-product of the effort

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

Paul Auster – Part 2

I finished reading Paul Auster’s The Book of Illusions last night. I wanted to walk away from it as I approached the last ten pages because the world Auster created was so believable (though quite fantastic), I didn’t want to see it end. But of course I couldn’t stop reading. Which isn’t a bad description of the novel: readable. Not the Stephen King, pulp novel kind of readable, but compelling