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Invisible by Paul Auster

Invisible (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Paul Auster

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Authors:Paul Auster
Info:Picador (2010), Edition: 1 Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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Total waste of time with an ending so obtuse it defies imagination. ( )
  sukkel | Apr 9, 2017 |
Another brilliant and thought-provoking volume from Paul Auster. The shift in POVs between the three sections for the 'novel' was a nice touch, as was the introduction of the notion that our main protag was also an unreliable narrator. As usual, Auster delivers another must-read book that is modest in length but not in emotion. ( )
  SarahHayes | Feb 20, 2017 |
3.5 stars

For the first half or so, I wondered if this was a test: how reprehensible does a person have to be before one abandons him as such? Adam Walker just drags the reader deeper into a moral abyss. You can forgive one thing, excuse another as his age, the era, see another through the lens of insufferable grief. But then he goes a step too far, and there's no telling where else this will go.

But then... we get another perspective, calling into doubt Walker's distasteful confession. And if that part is untrue, is any of it real? Why would he confess to some transgressions, but then make some up? If he is too ill for his memory to be trusted, is any of it real?

The lure proves too much, and Walker's college friend tries to track down some truth. He seems to get some... but it only leads to more confusion about the truth of another character.

So... we're left with a bunch of characters we can't really know. If you like beautiful prose and a compelling, if convoluted, storyline, then you'll like this. If you need clear answers to all your questions, walk away from this book. It's not for you.

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  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
good story - kind of a letdown at the end. read by the author - Rod Serling type of voice. going to read another auster, Book of Illusions, also read by him. Much prefer some of his other books, probably my favorite so far is Mr. Vertigo. Also loved Timbuktu and Brooklyn Follies. ( )
  DaneeM13 | Mar 14, 2016 |
Auster is one of my very favorite novelists of all time. Can I explain it? Not really. He engages self-consciously with the narrative form in ways that would drive me nuts in other novels, but manages always to bring it off with taste and grace. From the first page, I am fully engrossed in his novels. This was not my absolute favorite of his, which is why I gave it 4 rather than 5, but a worthy addition to his collection of novels. Finished this one in a day...now I have to wait (sigh) for the next one. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
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In dem Dutzend Romane, die Auster seit der berühmten "New York-Trilogie" (1987) veröffentlicht hat, treten alle Naselang Rivalen des Erzählers auf den Plan und schildern zentrale Passagen ganz anders. Figuren, die mit Vorliebe "Paul Auster" heißen, drehen undurchsichtige Dinger, versprechen viel und halten wenig. Zu allem Überfluss umtosen - mit der Härte und Regelmäßigkeit eines Monsuns - den ohnehin betröppelten Leser theoretische Tiraden über das Gleißnerische von Sprache und Identität. Austers neuester Streich "Unsichtbar" ist da keine Ausnahme. Und eben doch.
Dette er ganske enkelt genial romankunst
Paul Auster har laget et fullkomment mysterium.
Med «Usynlig» har han kvesset skriveklørne; boka er fiks, leken, uhyggelig og så fullstendig gjennomtenkt at en gisper etter luft underveis.

Auster vet nøyaktig hva han driver med — ikke ett ord virker overflødig i hans univers, hvor mord, mysterier og incestuøse forhold kreerer kriblinger og ubehag i sofakroken.
Verglichen mit dem große Joseph Conrad kann Paul Auster relativ wenig. Aber vielleicht sollten wir Paul Auster einfach als Autor gehobener Unterhaltungsliteratur betrachten. Und da schneidet er dann plötzlich ziemlich gut ab. Seine Prosa ist wenig inspiriert, aber sie rutscht selten ins ganz Dumme, Klischeehafte ab. Seine Romanfiguren sind aus Pappmaché gemacht, aber die Konstruktion des Plots ist clever. Es gibt genug Sex und genug Crime, um den Leser bei Laune zu halten. Man verbringt einen angenehmen Nachmittag mit dem Zeug und hat hinterher nichts davon im Herzen zurückbehalten.
added by lophuels | editDie Welt, Hannes Stein (Aug 14, 2010)
Typisch Auster, zo’n spel met identiteiten en verhalen-in-verhalen. (‘Om de waarheid te vertellen, moeten we die fictionaliseren’ zegt Jim tegen het einde van de roman.) Soms leidt het tot niets, zoals in de romans van de afgelopen jaren die alledrie té bedacht, té bloedeloos en te zeer op de automatische piloot geschreven waren. Maar in Onzichtbaar werkt het, waarschijnlijk omdat de personages interessant zijn.

(...) Je zou het op basis van de bovenstaande citaten misschien niet zeggen, maar Onzichtbaar is ook stilistisch een geslaagde roman. Auster behoort niet tot de grote woordkunstenaars van de Amerikaanse literatuur; hij schrijft de meeste van zijn boeken in de ‘hardboiled’ stijl die hij zich eigen gemaakt heeft toen hij in het begin van zijn carrière detectives schreef. Maar in Onzichtbaar zijn prachtig geschreven passages te vinden (...) Des te jammerder is het dat de roman niet al te vloeiend is vertaald, of beter gezegd: een beetje ambtelijk en soms veel te letterlijk.
added by rfb | editNRC Boeken, Peter Steinz (Oct 9, 2009)

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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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Poet and student Adam Walker meets the enigmatic Frenchman Rudolf Born and his silent, seductive girlfriend, Margot, sending Adam into a perverse triangle that leads to a shocking act of violence that will alter his life.

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