Moon Palace spins the reader beyond expected bounds.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Moon Palace (Contemporary American Fiction) (Paperback)
Much has been made of the incredible coincidences that drive Moon Palace. However, they do not have to make sense. After all, it's fiction. The author can do as he pleases, and Auster does just that.
All the familiar Auster themes are here in Moon Palace. The protagonist is often derailed into repetitive, dead-end subsistence, and could stay there indefinitely. Something usually comes along to push or guide him to a new route and destination, but life's new iteration too will ultimately be subverted.
It's a constant effort in this book and others by Auster for the protagonist to remain true to his better (often higher, artistic) self. Yes Moon Palace, like other Auster novels, is auto-biographical. But striving for creativity and one's better self agaist the winds of chance and change is the critical mission in the lives of us all.