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  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    I am alone in the dark One of theevocative existential opening lines And it tells much about what follows August Brill is 72, a Pulitzer Prize winning book critic who is confined to a wheelchair, and mourning the loss of his wife While convalescing, he is living with his divorced daughter and his granddaughter, Katya, who is mourning the horrible death of her boyfriend in Iraq We see the events of the story through Brill s eyes In attempting to overcome a bout of insomnia, and perh I am alone in the dark One of theevocative existential opening lines And it tells much about what follows August Brill is 72, a Pulitzer Prize winning book critic who is confined to a wheelchair, and mourning the loss of his wife While convalescing, he is living with his divorced daughter and his granddaughter, Katya, who is mourning the horrible death of her boyfriend in Iraq We see the events of the story through Brill s eyes In attempting to overcome a bout of insomnia, and perhaps escape the dark place in which he finds himself, Brill concocts a story in his imagination, an alternate reality to the reader, reminding one of Tralfamador in Slaughterhouse Five Paul Auster image from the NY TimesHis alt world is thinly made, a USA in which civil war erupted after Bush v Gore If only His imaginary protagonist is Corporal Owen Brick, a young magician who finds himself transformed into a soldier, worse, an assassin The target of this assassination has a certain snake devouring it s own tail appeal Brick has relationships that parallel Brill s and should serve to illuminate his creator s reality But it seemed to me that they did not offer much light.Not a lot is made of Brick s career in alt world, but Brill refers to himself as a magician in real world, regarding a difficult emotional balancing act The book almost demands multiple readings in order to peel back the layers First, there is the surface Brill is a man who is trying to cope with having suffered a great loss That makes him sympathetic, garnering our interest It turns out he is maybe not all that wonderful a person, which certainly loosens our connection But his affection for his daughter and granddaughter, and his love for his late wife, leave us enough to keep some connection alive I was most moved when Brill tells his granddaughter of his life with and love for his late wife Another layer is a question of the nature of our reality Are wereal than the characters in a story Why could we not, ourselves, be characters in someone else s story by putting myself into the story the story becomes real Or else I become unreal, yet onefigment of my own imagination Interesting stuff, if a bit like trying to read a popular science piece about string theory Does that make God the ultimate author Are we all characters in our own novels And why does this man deserve to die Because he owns the war He invented it, and everything that happens or is about to happen is in his head Eliminate that head and the war stops It s that simple.Simple You make him sound like God.Not God, Corporal, just a man He sits in a room all day writing it down, and whatever he writes comes true There are observations on the state of contemporary life as well, particularly the permanent war of 1984 Brill Brick has been moving between realities How long has it been since you ve been back on this side Fifteen years This is my first trip It wasn t even possible until about three months ago You were the first one to go back and forth Did you know that No one ever told me anything It s like stepping into a dream, isn t it The same place, but entirely different America without war It s hard to digest You get so used to the fighting, it kind of creeps into your bones, and after a while, you can t imagine a world without it.America s at war All right We re just not fighting it here Not yet, anyway Wars figure prominently in the tale There is the civil war in alt world, the Iraq war in real world, history told about World War II, and on a smaller scale, one conflict stands in for larger ones In Newark during the 1967 riot Not long after we returned to the mayor s office, in walked a member of the New Jersey State police, a certain Colonel Brand or Brandt, a man around forty with a razor sharp crew cut, a square, clenched jaw and the hard eyes of a marine about to embark on a commando mission He shook hands with mayor Addonizio, sat down in a chair, and then pronounced these words We re gonna hunt down every black bastard in this city I probably shouldn t have been shocked, but I was Not by the statement, perhaps, but by the chilling contempt of the voice that uttered itthat was my war Not a real war, perhaps, but once you witness violence on that scale, it isn t difficult to imagine something worse, and once your mind is capable of doing that, you understand that the worst possibilities of the imagination are the country you live in Just think it, and the chances are it will happen Auster has some fun with names The Molly Wald in alt world is hardly the sweetheart of John Hughes fame That Brill asks his granddaughter to call him Augie can hardly be pure coincidence He tosses in references to Blake and Bloch as well.Brill and Katya self medicate to some classic foreign films, noting particularly how some directors use inanimate objects to convey emotional content This leads one to look for that in the novel, but if it was present, I missed it I am not sure I liked this book, but I found it very thought provoking, and may even go back and read it again I got the feeling that there was much here that did not get through my dense hide


  2. Annet Annet says:

    I love Paul Auster s writing Beautiful book.And I just received the audio book, read by the master himself, looking forward to it


  3. Lucie Lucie says:

    I am alone in the dark I d never read a book by Auster before.I d heard he had deeply devoted fans, and now I know why This guy s in a class by himself.Do you want to read something unlike anything you ve ever read before Read this one.A man wakes up in a deep, dark hole in the ground He doesn t know where he is or how he got there He can hear the sounds of warfare outside.He has woken up in a parallel world in a parallel America This America is caught in the throws of a tragic secondI am alone in the dark I d never read a book by Auster before.I d heard he had deeply devoted fans, and now I know why This guy s in a class by himself.Do you want to read something unlike anything you ve ever read before Read this one.A man wakes up in a deep, dark hole in the ground He doesn t know where he is or how he got there He can hear the sounds of warfare outside.He has woken up in a parallel world in a parallel America This America is caught in the throws of a tragic second civil war But that s not the whole story, not even closeThere s no single reality, Corporal There are many realities There s no single world There are many worlds, and they all run parallel to one another, worlds and anti worlds, worlds and shadow worlds, and each world is dreamed or imagined or written by someone in another world Each world is the creation of a mind This book is strange, it s different, it s great It s Auster


  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Man in the Dark, Paul AusterMan in the Dark is a novel by Paul Auster published in August 2008 Its topic is a dystopian scenario of the present day United States being torn apart by a new secession and civil war after the presidential elections of 2000 The fictional division between the secessionist and loyal states is very similar to the Jesusland map This is told within a frame narrative of an aging journalist reflecting on his family and the death of his wife Man in the Dark, Paul AusterMan in the Dark is a novel by Paul Auster published in August 2008 Its topic is a dystopian scenario of the present day United States being torn apart by a new secession and civil war after the presidential elections of 2000 The fictional division between the secessionist and loyal states is very similar to the Jesusland map This is told within a frame narrative of an aging journalist reflecting on his family and the death of his wife 2009 1388 218 9789643695941 1388 193 9789641910374


  5. K.D. Absolutely K.D. Absolutely says:

    The Philippines exports lots of domestic helpers household helpers, nannies, girl Fridays, cleaners, caregivers, etc to overseas Those ladies and men are normally college graduates or finished some units in college Most of them are teachers because their monthly salary here in the Philippines is low and not enough to satisfy that they think they families deserve Most of them find their possible employers from agencies who have contacts abroad, mostly in Hong Kong, Singapore and some countr The Philippines exports lots of domestic helpers household helpers, nannies, girl Fridays, cleaners, caregivers, etc to overseas Those ladies and men are normally college graduates or finished some units in college Most of them are teachers because their monthly salary here in the Philippines is low and not enough to satisfy that they think they families deserve Most of them find their possible employers from agencies who have contacts abroad, mostly in Hong Kong, Singapore and some countries in the Middle East, Europe and North America.Had I been one of them, I would apply to be a domestic helper in America But I will be choosy in which household I want to be employed at After all, I also went to a graduate school on top of my double college degrees And the first in my list will be the residence of Mr Paul Auster, 64, and his wife Ms Siri Hustvedt, 55 This is my fourth book by Sir Paul Auster and I guess he has no way to disappoint me New York Trilogy 1987 , The Music of Chance 1990 and Invisible 2009 They all got 4 stars from me His works are not mushy and melodramatic yet they are sentimental and they can trigger a flurry of emotions They have enough suspense and his characters are enigmatic His imagination is superbly wild and you ll never able to predict where he is bringing you to That character driven suspense that is different from the usual plot driven suspense, i.e., your standard mystery thriller style, is what makes Paul Auster s trademark different from others in this genre.And his wife, his second, the one who lives with him now Ma am Siri Hustvedt, I ve read two of her books, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl 1996 and What I Loved 2003 and they are both surprisingly brilliant Her prose is a bit dark, her storytelling is subtle yet the imagery that she creates and her characters are all multi dimensional They are not mushy too that is a breath of fresh air from the many female writers of her or our generation.I would like to imagine myself in their household washing their dishes and listening to their husband wife conversations Huh Not the bedroom conversations, you and your dirty mind Or me dusting off their volumes and volumes of books in their library and secretly reading their manuscripts in their work desks That would be the best job in the world Oh, Sir Paul Auster and Ma am Siri Hustvedt, hire me, please I am willing to wipe off your asses when you are already too old to do it yourselves Man in the Dark my 4th novel written by Sir Paul Auster was first published in 2008 There is nothing really original about it I ve already read books with a story within a story like Italo Calvino s If on a Winter s Night a Traveler 1979 or even a story within a story within a story like Flann O Brien s At Swim To Birds 1939 The mysterious man in the hole also is not original since Haruki Murakami had his Toru Okada in the hole in his 1994 masterpiece, The Wind Up Bird Chronicle.This book is also a bit different from Sir Paul Auster s usual mystery thriller flavor It does not have any character who is a detective or with mysterious background or past However, you would still feel the mystery behind his characters by reading their thoughts, expressed or implied This book starts with this line narrated by the main protagonist, a 72 y o August Brill who could not sleep because of insomniaI am alone in the dark, turning the world around in my head as I struggle through another bout of insomnia, another white night in the great American wildernessBrill s wife, Sonia recently died of cancer and he is recuperating from a car accident He could not sleep so he tells himself stories The stories seem to come alive as his life later becomes intertwined with the fictional characters that he himself created Well, I ll not go into details because that would be too much of a spoiler.The ending of the story within the story is just too abrupt I found it a bit jarring I wished Sir Paul Auster continued and made it a bit longer.Also, the oft repeated line,the weird world rolls on,apparently penned by Rose Hawthorne, the daughter of Nathaniel of The House of the Seven Gables , is the novel s leitmotif But cute as the phrase is, Sir Paul Auster sorry, Sirseems to send a pessimistic message at the end of the book The book has everything good in it except a proper positive ending But sir, ma am, when will I send my resume I am all around I can cook, I can scrub your floor, I know how to use the washing machine, I can drive, I know how to take your blood pressure, I can tend to your garden, I know how to vacuum, I can wash your cars, I am fond of dogs, etc etc I can even work for free if you only let me read your manuscripts


  6. Frogy (Ivana) Frogy (Ivana) says:

    Ovaj ovek mi se polako podvla i pod ko u i postajem ovisna o njegovim pri ama


  7. Sohaib Sohaib says:

    This book made a lasting impression by making me laugh A full burst of laughing out loud No book has ever done that for me I m including the funny part by the end of this review Man in the Dark tells the story the stories I should say of August Brill, a seventy two year old retired literary critic, handicapped and suffering from insomnia August whiles away the night tossing and turning in bed, thinking up stories either from memory or imagination During this long night, he tells us a made This book made a lasting impression by making me laugh A full burst of laughing out loud No book has ever done that for me I m including the funny part by the end of this review Man in the Dark tells the story the stories I should say of August Brill, a seventy two year old retired literary critic, handicapped and suffering from insomnia August whiles away the night tossing and turning in bed, thinking up stories either from memory or imagination During this long night, he tells us a made up story about some Owen Brick, a man who wakes up in a hole in a fictional America torn by a second civil war The story happens in August s mind, and the war reflects his inner turmoil and inability to sleep.Brick, our metafictional hero, is suddenly rescued by a certain Tobak, a sergeant who comes in with a rope and an intel Brick s mission is to end the war by killing the only one responsible, August Freaking Brill At this point, the whole thing seems like an unconscious defense mechanism on the part of August an embedded fantasy inside the main narrative that conceals his unconscious desire to die, or a displacing of his desire to kill himself by projecting it on a fictional character This is what the Freudians call Thanatos Anyway, this narrative scheme fits in with the post postmodern style and everything mellows out into a heartwarming familial tale of love and compassion, an empathic attempt to relate a deep seated desire for human connection and warmth The whole thing just turns out in a beautiful way I say this but I ve forgotten to mention some important details about the reasons of August s insomnia He lives with his daughter Miriam, a forty seven year old writer who has been abandoned by her husband, and her daughter Katya, a twenty three year old former student transformed into a shut in after the gruesome killing of her boyfriend in Iraq The book ends with a communal sharing of love and relatedness, foreshadowing a coming to inner peace and harmony with the beautiful voice of Rose Hawthorne saying,As the weird world rolls onFull blown five stars and favorited And yeah, this is the funny partMy mother had a voluminous chest, twenty times the size of Sonia s One Saturday morning, she and Miriam were sitting on the sofa together watching cartoons A commercial for pizza came on, which ended with the words Now, that s a pizza A moment later, your mother turned to my mother, clamped her mouth on her grandmother s right breast, and then came up shouting Now, that s a pizza My mother laughed so hard, she let out a fart, a gigantic trumpet blast of a fart That got Miriam laughing so wildly, she peed in her pants She jumped off the sofa and started running around the room, yelling at the top of her lungs Fart pee, fart pee, oui, oui, ouiI just couldn t help but lose it when the great grandmother farted D


  8. Dean Dean says:

    For me a novel by Paul Auster always is a winner The writing is superb, the story flows unconstrained, casually and easily like as propel by magic..The characters brimming with life, unmistakable it is the powerful voice of one of the few remaining master storyteller..Indeed a true American original Well having said that, The Man in the Dark kept me turning the pages and if it does exists something called a compulsive reading, then here you have it before your nose Honestly folks, I litera For me a novel by Paul Auster always is a winner The writing is superb, the story flows unconstrained, casually and easily like as propel by magic..The characters brimming with life, unmistakable it is the powerful voice of one of the few remaining master storyteller..Indeed a true American original Well having said that, The Man in the Dark kept me turning the pages and if it does exists something called a compulsive reading, then here you have it before your nose Honestly folks, I literally couldn t put it down..If you wanted to have my hardback edition then you had to tear it out of my dead and cold hands..From the dust jacket Passionate and shocking. a book that forces us to confront the darkness off night even as it celebrates the existence of ordinary joys. Seventy two year old August Brill is a Literatur critic, after having had a bad car accident he tries to recover from and night after night he tells himself stories..He has to dealt with the recent death of his wife Sonia..In Vermont living with his daughter and granddaughter the last decisive struggle of his life is lash loose hunted by memories and the demons of the past Parallel worlds, the negative and eroding force of guilt, the vulnerability of trusting, and the deep and bitter wounds of betrayal, this are some of the topics dealt in this novel..A book which everyone should read..Pregnant and saturated with the power of change our awareness, conscience, and realization Happy readingsDean


  9. Parastoo Ashtian Parastoo Ashtian says:

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Man in the Dark: A Novel [Reading] ➿ Man in the Dark: A Novel Author Paul Auster – Buyprobolan50.co.uk I am alone in the dark, turning the world around in my head as I struggle through another bout of insomnia, another white night in the great American wilderness So begins Paul Auster s brilliant, deva I am alone the Dark: MOBI ò in the dark, turning the world around in my head Man in PDF or as I struggle through another bout of insomnia, another white night in the great in the Dark: MOBI ð American wilderness So begins Paul Auster s brilliant, devastating tale about the many realities we inhabit as wars flame all around us Seventy two year old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter s house in Vermont When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget his wife s recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter s boyfriend, Titus The retired book critic imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself In this other America the twin towers did not fall, and theelection results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union, and a bloody civil war ensued As the night progresses, Brill s story grows increasingly intense, and what he is so desperately trying to avoid insists on being told Joined in the early hours by his granddaughter, he gradually opens up to her and recounts the story of his marriage After she falls asleep, he at last finds the courage to revisit the trauma of Titus s death Passionate and shocking, Man in the Dark is a story of our moment, an audiobook that forces us to confront the blackness of night even as it celebrates the existence of ordinary joys in a world capable of the most grotesque violence.