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Paul Auster
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5 Feb 2004

'It was the summer that men first walked on the moon. I was very young back then, but did not believe there would ever be a future. I wanted to live dangerously, to push myself as far as I could go, and then see what happened when I got there.'

So begins the mesmerising narrative of Marco Stanley Fogg - orphan, child of the 1960s, a quester by nature. Moon Palace is his story - a novel that spans three generations, from the early years of this century to the first lunar landings, and moves from the canyons of Manhattan to the cruelly beautiful landscape of the American West. Filled with suspense, unlikely coincidences, wrenching tragedies and marvellous flights of lyricism and erudition, the novel carries the reader effortlessly along with Marco's search - for love, for his unknown father, and for the key to the elusive riddle of his origins and his fate.


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (5 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571142206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571142200
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions, The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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About the Author

Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Winter Journal, Sunset Park, Man in the Dark, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions, The New York Trilogy, among many other works. In 2006 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Among his other honours are the Independent Spirit Award for the screenplay of Smoke and the Prix Medicis Etranger for Leviathan. He has also been short-listed for both the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Book of Illusions) and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (The Music of Chance). His work has been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Wonderful Story, Beautifully Told 21 Oct 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In search of a good mystery I went to the Edgar Awards to find an author with whom I was unfamiliar. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster was unavailable, so I picked up Moon Palace instead.
I finished the book in one sitting. It seems to be more than a novel or stories strung together to tell a tale, but rather a grouping of real and beautiful pictures orchestrated with words. There is a sense of loss at its end, as if people you have known are now, once more beyond reach. It is one of those books that you wish you had only just begun, or that it was three times longer in length.
I'll go back to the book and read it again and I will read the rest of Auster's work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical journey - essential reading 24 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Auster's novel is not only a gripping page turner but also an ontological enquiry.
The development of its main character, Marco Stanley Fogg, is set against the development of a country and its culture - taking the reader on a journey throughout America from Chicago to New York to the West. With classical tragedy, the characters of Moon Palace experience a concatenation of reciprocities: life/death, sanity/insanity, the self/the non self, beginnings/endings, discovery/loss, which leaves the reader questioning whether the characters lives are their own, that some form of predestination is at work, only to be shocked, amused, upset or humoured by the next turn of events.
Auster is genuinely a great, innovative and intelligent author, this novel will leave you with more questions than answers and I bet its not too long before you return to experience it all over again.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Paul Auster fan 19 April 2000
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Format:Paperback
Moon Palace is my favourite Paul Auster book. He has a beautiful style, and his writing is musical. Comparing him to Hesse seems almost right, but his words are not as heavy-sounding as Hesse's. Does the word "metaphysical" fit? A story of coincidences, and, as always, that sense of tragedy and melancholy running through the story. Anyone who's ever spent too much time alone should definitely read this book. Paul Auster is the kind of writer who takes the half-thoughts and idle dreams out of your head and expresses them so much better than you ever could.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read to compare with New York Trilogy 17 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A great many readers problems with this book is that it doesn't continue in the same vein as Auster's undisputed masterpiece, New York Trilogy. Personally, I like to look on the Trilogy as a self contained set of stories and Moon Palace as something far removed.
True, Moon Palace does meander at times but just reading the blurb for the book should be enough to tell you that you're in for an epic tale. One way of looking at it is there's no other writer around who could construct such a tale, covering so many places and involving such a rich variety of characters.
One similarity between this and the NY Trilogy is the wonderful back stories Auster constructs for the characters encountered through the story - without giving too much away, witness the cave story segment for evidence of Auster's genius.
Containing trademark Auster segments dealing with the 'metaphysical' and man's general sense of his immediate environment, Moon Palace could be accused of aiming too high and covering too many bases, and perhaps it does. But then again, who wants to read straight A to B stories? Certainly not me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 22 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
what a brilliant book, it is quite bleak at times but always a pageturner, the concepts of solitude, coincidence and fate are explored within a very interesting story, few laughs but loads of beautiful prose and after you have finished reading it stays with you and the themes keep cropping up in everyday life. i think this is a very important book and will re-read it in a few years time, just for pleasure. It is brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Auster's Finest...and that's saying something! 9 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is my favourite book by my favourite author and, for me, encapsulates everything that is so compelling about this brilliant American writer. As perfect a contemporary novel as you could ever wish to find: beautifully written, superbly plotted and characterised, resonant, witty, moving and lifechangingly memorable. Stands up to repeated readings and I know of no other book (save possibly Orwell's wonderful 'Coming Up for Air') that can draw me in so totally from Page 1...And like all truly great writers, Auster writes using a deceptively 'simple', accessible style (Camus, Kafka, Orwell, etc.). A novel that deals with the genuinly big themes but expertly fuses them with a fanstastic story. I can never think of the words 'Moon Palace' without getting a tingle down my spine. The book is THAT affecting.
So...
Get this book. Read it. Then read it again. Then buy a copy for all of your closest friends...You owe it to them. You really do...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tries hard, sometimes succeeds 11 July 1998
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Format:Paperback
I think this book had moments of brilliance, but it really couldn't keep it together for me. It is sometimes haunting and exciting, but other times dull.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the authors best books! 6 July 2006
Format:Paperback
I totally disagree with the negative critics of "Moon Palace". The NY trilogy is a great work, however, this is in my opinion a very moving and touching story. "Moon Palace", "Mr. Vertigo" and "The Book of Illusions" are books I will always remember and definitely re-read. Books like "Timbuktu", "The Brooklyn Follies" and "Oracle Night" did not have the same emotional or "metaphysical" impact on me as a reader, but "Moon Palace" certainly did.

Weather you are going to like it or not depend entirely on YOU. Reading the reviews above clearly demonstrates this!

Being a great fan of Paul Auster, I have enjoyed all his books and been very fortunate to read some of them in Danish before they were published in English. Thank you Mr. Auster!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars because of the language......
this review contains some spoilers.

this is actually the first time i am genuinely motivated to write a book review. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Luhe Zhu
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book. Ever.
I can't put my finger on it, but the combination of writing style and subtle yet intense multi-layered tale make it my favourite book of all time.
Published 8 months ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, but where is the Kindle edition?
My second favourite Paul Auster novel (after The Book of Illusions) this is a dense and fascinating story with, as always, so many levels that are gradually revealed on every new... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Helen Sarah Morley
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes reading worthwile again.
As a teen who is trying hard to engage in reading, a somewhat forgotten art amongst my generation , I would say this book has been perfect for me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars A different Paul Auster novel
Some Paul Auster novels have recurring themes in them, and despite the fact that I love the author's style, after a while some of his novels seem predictable (think of the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Annie J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Auster's Epic Tale On The Search For Identity
Paul Auster's 1989 novel Moon Palace is a great example of this inspired writer's more complex, but ultimately, immensely rewarding, fables. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and dreamlike
A masterful rendition of the turmoils of youth, a intricate first love, an odd and revealing first apprenticeship, stubbornness and far off places. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Avaftw
5.0 out of 5 stars Auster's most Dickensian work
This is Auster's most Dickensian work. Enough said. If you don't read this, you are depriving yourself of great 20th C English-language literature. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2011 by Daniel Abondolo
4.0 out of 5 stars the enigma of identity, fate, and rebirth
This is a deep philosophical and psychological novel whose journey gets the reader to question life. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by rob crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars Ponderous
I'm sure Paul Auster is a great writer... but he's not for me on the evidence of this book. It just didn't engage me. Read more
Published on 1 July 2011 by Len Collin
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