A faithful reader of all of Auster's books, it's this one that I felt takes one into an unspeakable inner as well as outer darkness - though not one that can still be valuable to access through literature. I was faced with such an overwhelming emptiness, such an intense absence of hope and such a keen note of desolation that in this case I found putting the book down not only easy, but necessary in order to have time to devote to books I actually want to be reading. A stark thing to say about an outstanding author - but appropriate from my point of view. I wouldn't have purchased it, had I known.
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