- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 Jan. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571229077
- ISBN-13: 978-0571229079
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Music of Chance Paperback – 5 Jan 2006
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The Music of Chance is Paul Auster's unsettling tale of chance, gambling and rootlessness, Kafkaesque and quintessentially 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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`The Music of Chance' has gained, for me at least, a contemporary relevance in that it deals with characters finally enslaved by their own greed. I use `greed' for lack of a better word since in fact Auster's protagonists are not simply driven by avarice but see in money their only chance of freedom, and not without reason of course. It is the fact - or at least the prevailing belief - that money buys freedom which dooms friends Nashe and Pozzi, the odd couple who meet in a chance encounter. Nashe, a somewhat lonely soul, has inherited money from the death of his father and, having been left by his wife, sells virtually all his possessions to embark on a prolonged and randomly-plotted road trip.Read more ›
As was the case with Benjamin Sachs from Leviathan, Marco Fogg from Moon Palace and David Zimmer from The Book Of Illusions, Auster once again sets up ex-Boston fireman Jim Nashe as a man 'out of time' and in search of his own self as, on finding himself the beneficiary of a family legacy, absolves himself of all responsibility (young daughter, absent wife) and sets off on a year-long road trip, before running into 'budding card-sharp' Jack Pozzi and (jointly) hatching a scheme to plunder winnings (at poker) from a pair of reclusive multi-millionaires.Read more ›
Volume two of Collected Novels consists of 1990's The Music of Chance, 1992's Leviathan, and 1994's Mr Vertigo. The first novel in this 600+ page volume is The Music of Chance. Like many Auster novels (for example the three novellas comprising the New York trilogy; The Brooklyn Follies; Invisible), it hinges on the way chance meetings or events can transform lives. In this case, the life is that of Jim Nashe, a Boston fireman in his early thirties, whose world is thrown into tumult. First, his estranged father, who he hasn't seen for thirty years, dies. Then Jim';s wife Therese walks out on Jim and their two year-old daughter Juliet. Jim comes to the only child-care solution he can think of on his limited fireman's wage, which is to leave Juliet with his sister Donna in Minnesota. Too late, he finds out this could have been avoided; six months after his father died, Jim is tracked down by his father's lawyer who informs him that Jim;s deceased father left both Jim and Donna a substantial inheritance. But Juliet is settled and happy in her new home. Besides, Jim has been seized by a wanderlust he has never previously known. He is driven to gobbling up thousands of miles in his new car, travelling across his country.
We learn all this in the first couple of pages. We also learn, on page 1, that Jim happens by chance to meet a garishly dressed kid in his early twenties by the name of Jack Pozzi.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read it a long time ago - the story and characters still resonate with me now. I simply have to read it again.Published 2 months ago by Vernon Voltmeter
Brilliantly written book, it's Auster after all; but probably Auster at his darkest. It makes the New York Trilogy read like Little Red Riding Hood. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sisserou_Parrot
I have long been an admirer of this writer and for me this is one of his standout books. The story begins with the main protagonist, Jim Nashe, a character suffering from a kind of... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gurjit
An electrifying tale and an ode to personal freedom. Written in a sparse prose, with a Raymond Chandler style boys like; The Music Of Chance weaves a tale about how we are never... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dan Smith
This is, for me, the best novel ever written. Not the cheeriest, by any means, or rewarding in the facile sort of way so many people seem to demand of literature today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by WeAreWhatWeRead
very good but not as interesting as some of his other books.I have read similar stories.Published 17 months ago by edmund