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Mr Vertigo [Kindle Edition]

Paul Auster
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'I was twelve years old the first time I walked on water . . .'

So begins Mr Vertigo, the story of Walt, an irrepressible orphan from the Mid-West. Under the tutelage of the mesmerising Master Yehudi, Walt is taken back to the mysterious house on the plains to prepare not only for the ability to fly, but also for the stardom that will accompany it.

At the same time a delighted race through 1920s Americana and a richly allusive parable, Mr Vertigo is a compelling, magical novel - a work of true originality by a writer at the height of his powers.

'A virtuoso piece of storytelling by a master of the modern American fable.' The Independent


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Mr Vertigo is Paul Auster's magical and evocative tale, both delightfully surreal and authentically American at the same time.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 446 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0571229085
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction; New edition edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TBU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,631 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This One Grows On You 22 Oct. 2009
Format:Paperback
My second Paul Auster book and this one grew on me the further I read. It's a very unusual story about a young boy in the USA who is taught to levitate. I don't want to give too much of the plot away but it follows his successes and failures, high and low spots. In many ways it read like a surreal tale.

There is a typically gritty American feel to the story. At first I found myself having little sympathy with the characters but once I got to know them I began to empathise. It's a world of gin palaces, brothels, gangsters, hucksters, baseball players, but a place where love and compassion and friendship win through despite murders and killings. There is an underlying goodness about the story despite the inherent violence.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly without being funny 6 Feb. 2015
By hfffoman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I chose this because of the glowing reviews on Amazon. Although a novel about someone who could levitate seemed odd, I thought it would either be funny or some kind of deep metaphor for the times. As I read, I didn't know what to make of it. It was silly but not funny. If there was a deep metaphor it was beyond me. The characters weren't particularly lifelike or likeable and it didn't give much insight into the spirit of the times. The gangsters were like caricatures and the 1929 stockmarket crash was only mentioned in passing.

The story was just entertaining enough to keep going in the hope some purpose would emerge. Unfortunately, instead of improving, it got worse. The second half became more of a summary than a narrative and felt even more pointless. A few pages from the end I realised that no great revelation or insight was coming. Then I stopped reading, not caring enough even to read the last few pages to find out how it ended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 10 May 2013
By SP
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've never directly answered that question "What is your favourite book?" as there have always been too many to choose from, but in my book, Paul Auster has beaten them all with this one which I found to be truly outstanding! He grabs you from the beginning via the voice of the narrator who pushes you along an incredible journey upon which you have absolutely no idea where you are going but you do know that you cannot stop. This is story-telling at its best, with every word crafted to turn every page in awe. Each character is brilliantly depicted through tough times where the highs and lows of their lives will pull at your heart strings and have you literally sobbing uncontrollably. My advice would be to read it slowly to make it last longer.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dizzying, Dazzling, Dynamite Novel. 9 Nov. 2007
By Mr. B. A. D. Plowman VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the second novel I have read by Mr Paul Auster, and it will certainly not be the last. MR VERTIGO is a fabulous adventure story that shook me by the scruff of the neck and invaded my dreams.

It is one of those books that one is loathe to put down, as the story has definite narcotic qualities. I suffer from insomnia, but found it bearable as I was reading MR VERTIGO, as I could simply leap out of bed and continue to consume this marvellous tale!

And what a tale it is - a tale about childhood, lessons learned, endlessly dreaming and achieving those dreams, maturity, love and loss, folly and redemption. Hell, I'm waffling - It is a book about being ALIVE.

On finishing the book, I felt elated and satisfied but was already starting to miss these larger-than-life, highly colourful characters: Walt the Wonder Boy, Master Yehudi, Mother Sioux, Marion Witherspoon, Aesop - each character lovable and posessing their own kooky charisma.

Now I'm experiencing withdrawal symptoms from MR VERTIGO. My solution? - To read more Auster! I read THE BOOK OF ILLUSIONS prior to VERTIGO (also excellent, though not quite as consistently dazzling as this book). Now I intend to go back and explore the earlier works of this master storyteller.

I'm glad I discovered Paul Auster. So will you be!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic from Master Auster! 14 Oct. 2008
By Michael Murphy VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Magic emerges from Auster's writing in this picaresque tale of the rise to fame - and the subsequent decline - of Walt Rawley, "ragamuffin, from honky-tonk row", unwanted by his charge Uncle Slim. Walt's world is transformed beyond belief when a mysterious stranger, Master Yehudi, makes him an extraordinary offer: to teach him to fly.

Under the fierce discipline of Master Yehudi, Walt is subjected to a harsh regimen of rigorous training, a series of gruelling endurance ordeals, each trial marking a step towards his ultimate goal of mastering the art of levitation, walking on air. Technique perfected, Walt hits the road with Master Yehudi, on tour across America, dazzling audiences coast-to-coast with his amazing displays of "anti-gravitational feats" that, though implausible, are convincing in their description and detail - and marvellously entertaining! Auster elucidates the mystifying technique of levitating so smoothly and plausibly that we are ready to suspend our disbelief and slip easily into the world he creates. Public acclaim turns Walt into a national celebrity: known as "Walt the Wonder Boy", he is now the master of his art.

Walt's powerful narrative, recalling in old-age events that took place many decades before, takes us on a fast-paced trip through 1920's Americana - Lindberg's solo flight, to cite but one example. Walt's astounding breakthrough feat of levitating over a small pond in Kansas (at precisely the same time as Lindberg's historic flight across the Atlantic) is a metaphor for American spirit and enterprise heralding an age where there are no limits to what may be achieved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
an all time favourite
Published 2 months ago by dendo
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
As always Paul Auster pulls another gem out the bag. Loved it.
Published 3 months ago by CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great book, I loved reading it and it teaches you how to fly, what more do you want?
Published 8 months ago by hula
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Auster
An amazing book by an amazing writer
Published 10 months ago by wendy darling
2.0 out of 5 stars Felt like one story that was nearly finished
Had potential, didn't live up to it.

Felt like one story that was nearly finished, and then two different stories, that weren't finished, shoehorned in.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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quite interesting
Published 12 months ago by Andras Szep
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love Paul Auster and this is a favourite of mine, it almost has you believing it's possible to do
Published 15 months ago by V Neves Pedro
5.0 out of 5 stars Auster is a genius
This book is always the first title I recommend for those readers that have yet to read any of Paul Auster's work. Read more
Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by Gemma E Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars None
I'm glad this has the highest rating of all of his books because it is a truly unique, brilliant and moving story.
Published on 13 May 2013 by alunmark
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
A lovely American tale that tells quite a story. Easy reading - liked it a lot. Quaint and unusual. Have a read.
Published on 29 Mar. 2013 by Fidelina
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