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5.0 out of 5 stars Another surreal stunner from Mr Auster, 26 May 1999
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This review is from: Leviathan (Paperback)
A very stylish tale which begins with a bang. A man with Paul Auster's initials announces that this book is going to be the story of his best friend, another novelist. So basically we have a novelist (Mr Auster) telling another novelist's story which is another novelist's story. The mind reels and you've only just begun! A seemingly conventional plot slowly twists and fractures and we meet more characters who seem, like the narrator has, to take on others' roles and personas. What it's all about, I can't really say, but it's a gorgeously constructed and provocative tale. A puzzle you'll still be trying to fathom long after it's over. It's dedicated to the novelist Don DeLillo and there are things here which definitely reflect the prevailing theme in DeLillo's MAO II about the succession from novelists to anarchic bombers. But whatever you decide Leviathan's about, as with other Auster books, it's about more. A final twist sends everything you thought you'd got your head round shooting into space. If all this sounds disconcerting, it's not meant to - it's a stunning book which, like all the best ones, you can really lose yourself in (the only problem here, though, is that you might never find your way out again!). A trip into this unordinary. Highly recommended.
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