Invisible

Invisible

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Paul Auster

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 32mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571249310
  • ISBN 13: 9780571249312
  • Sales rank: 71,651

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Sinuously constructed in four interlocking parts, "Invisible" 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 girlfriend 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, as it travels in time from 1967 to 2007 and moves from New York to Paris and to a remote Caribbean island in a story of unbridled sexual hunger and a relentless quest for justice. With uncompromising insight, Auster takes us to the shadowy borderland between truth and memory, 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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Paul Auster was born in Newark, New Jersey in the United States in 1947. After attending Columbia University, he lived in France for four years. Since 1974 he has published poems, essays, novels, screenplays and translations. He was the editor of the short story anthology, True Tales of American Life. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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By Michelle Dalton 01 Jan 2010 5

Fans of Auster will know that there is very little which could be deemed predictable about his work. Always one to embrace the offbeat, quirky and at times even the incredible, Invisible however breaks the mould just a touch, and plays the plot a shade straighter down the middle. Yet, the result turns out to be one of Auster’s most compelling novels yet. The narrative is split into four sections (typical of Auster’s fresh eye and innovative approach) – each recounting a season in the early life of Adam Walker. As a typically exuberant student, Walker encounters the mysterious figure of Rudolph Born, and his girlfriend Margot, whom he becomes romantically involved with. This proves only to the the tip of the iceberg as far as Walker’s hunger for affairs of the heart go however, as Auster drags the reader into a tangle of encounters and liaisons, which takes more than a few surprising turns along the way.

One of the great strengths of the book is the pace at which Auster steers the story towards its eventual outcome, throughout the four structured sections. This is largely due to the crispness and tightness of the prose, which never wallows in the superfluous or excessive. Throughout the book his writing is simply masterful, and the perfect conduit for the dark and energetic plot. After some more patchy recent efforts, Invisible proves to be one of the finest in Auster’s latter day canon, providing the necessary reassurance that he is, and always will be, considered as one of the finest writers of his generation.