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Three Stars BUT What a UNIQUE read,
By A Customer
This review is from: City of Glass (The New York trilogy) (Paperback)
Before you get too excited from reading the other reviews, I will offer some words of caution.
The ending is weak. It is that simple. (Ending defined as the last chapter or two.)
Auster offers beautiful prose and the book reads quickly. It is intriguing, but when I finished it was as though Auster had written himself into a corner. All his brilliant questions could not be solved.
A novel does not need to answer everything. Leaving the reader to think is good, but Auster at second glance seems to lead the reader on knowing he cannot fulfil the experience with a proper ending. Yet, in some ways that is his point.
The book is worth reading if you have never encountered Auster before or read any existentialistic novels because then the book will be unique. Yes, unlike anything you have ever read before.
I have read of all of Auster's novels - except Timuktu which is just out - and they all seem to have this problem except for Mr. Vertigo.
Go to Auster for fancy prose. He is great at it, but do not expect a fulfilling ending.