the the other stories in The New York Trilogy, this is a different than the detective fiction we're used to, but definitely engaging.
Wow, I love this guy's books. This is the third of a trilogy. Now my only challenge is to figure out the full connection between these two books. Did I miss something or is it supposed to be a challenge? the writing style, imaginative and well-defined characters, and the interesting story-line really made this a winner for me. I've ordered the trilogy in a single book for my "loved it, save" bookshelf.
Loved this book. I can't believe I've never heard of Auster until this year. I'm in the middle of reading about a dozen of his books in a row. I can't get enough of him. Highly recommended.
This is the last book in the New York trilogy written by this author. Though short, all are thought provoking and good reading. The key character in this one is Fanshawe who seems to do everything well but for some unknown reason leaves his wife and child and disappears. A talented writer, he was afraid to try to publish his work and advised his wife to contact a good friend to read it and determine its worth for publishing. When Fanshawe fails to reappear it is believed that he is dead.
The characters in this novel are well developed and personable. Interaction between them is well defined. There is so much depth to this novel that I felt the need to go back and reread the first two in this trilogy to better view the links between them. I found myself wondering if Fanshawe was the author himself. Consumed by doubt, he struggled with his writing as many writers must yet his insecurity about its value had him continuing. There is so much of the self in written work that a reader may feel he is inside the mind of the writer, particularly in this series.