FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 13 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Moon Palace has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by reusabook
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Product dispatched in UK within 48 hours. Thanks.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Moon Palace Mass Market Paperback – 5 Feb 2004

4.5 out of 5 stars 69 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Mass Market Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£2.20 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£8.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 13 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Moon Palace
  • +
  • The Music of Chance
Total price: £17.98
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main 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 (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Book Description

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.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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.
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By A Customer on 19 April 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Moon Palace is my favourite Paul Auster book. He has a beautiful style, and his writing is musical. Comparing him to Hesse seems almost right, but his words are not as heavy-sounding as Hesse's. Does the word "metaphysical" fit? A story of coincidences, and, as always, that sense of tragedy and melancholy running through the story. Anyone who's ever spent too much time alone should definitely read this book. Paul Auster is the kind of writer who takes the half-thoughts and idle dreams out of your head and expresses them so much better than you ever could.
Comment 30 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market 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.
Comment 18 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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...
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
1 Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Paul Auster's is without doubt my favourite living author; so I am predisposed to his writing and his themes. Moon Palace is, as others have pointed out, quintessential Auster - beautifully written, accessible language and surrealistic storylines. If you haven't read any of Auster's books before, I'd certainly recommend that you give him a go; and this would be a very good book to begin with.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I totally disagree with the negative critics of "Moon Palace". The NY trilogy is a great work, however, this is in my opinion a very moving and touching story. "Moon Palace", "Mr. Vertigo" and "The Book of Illusions" are books I will always remember and definitely re-read. Books like "Timbuktu", "The Brooklyn Follies" and "Oracle Night" did not have the same emotional or "metaphysical" impact on me as a reader, but "Moon Palace" certainly did.

Weather you are going to like it or not depend entirely on YOU. Reading the reviews above clearly demonstrates this!

Being a great fan of Paul Auster, I have enjoyed all his books and been very fortunate to read some of them in Danish before they were published in English. Thank you Mr. Auster!!!
2 Comments 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback