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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: 12.6 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,635 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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Moon Palace is Paul Auster's enthralling adventure story, re-examining our concepts of America, art, and the self.

About the Author

Paul Auster is the best-selling author of Invisible, Moon Palace, Mr Vertigo, The Brooklyn Follies, The Book of Illusions and 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct 1997
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Nov 1999
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 1999
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Newbold on 22 Nov 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Sep 1996
Format: Paperback
When I was a child I adored reading adventure- Verne and Salari
were my favorites- but when I grew up I discovered that
'adult' literature contained hardly any of it. When I read
'Moon Palace'I discovered an author who wasn't afraid of
exploring, of mixing genres and who was modest enough to
show his work as a personal trip, not as the holy truth-
as most of his contemporaries. I was immediately trapped in
the inner world of the novel- and it was a sensation I hadn't
experienced for so long- to the point of forgetting my
surronding reality and I enjoyed deeply this world that was
consistent and ritualistic and whose hero was like a pirate
of our days. I am a complete fan of Auster's work and I
read most of his interviews. He once said that writing in
a cinic way was in fashion and that was killing the passion
in writing and reading. I then understood why I found "Moon
Palace" so satisfactory and suitable to be read many times
and also taken to a desert island: it is a story told by
someone who enjoyed the adventure of writing it and wasn't
ashamed of showing it, and contained much wisdom related to
the search of one's personality in a world that makes you
get more and more careful of the external aspect and more
and more shy of your true feelings.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Sep 2002
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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