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2.0 out of 5 stars A Unabomber "Apologia pro vita sua.", 1 Dec. 1997
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This review is from: Leviathan (Paperback)
I first came across Mr Auster's books while working in Japan. I read everything in the English section of the local bookstore, and his "New York Trilogy" was one of the books I devoured. The "New York Trilogy" stuck in my mind because of the relentless grayness and over-control of the lives described therein. Everything was *so* carefully considered, including the assorted manias of the various dysfunctional characters. "Leviathan" continues this grayness and over-control, to the tune of "Sympathy for the Unabomber." It plots the self-destructive trajectory of a writer accidentally turned protest-bomber and reads like a "Seinfeld" episode produced by a really depressed team. The strange thing about Auster's books is that, like a really bad traffic accident, they draw me as they repulse me, so that when I get about 90% of the way through one of them, I'm saying to myself "For God's sake, put this thing down." Then I finish. Mr. Auster's probably a great writer. He just depresses me.
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