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Invisible

Invisible, Paul Auster

Yet again, Paul Auster does not disappoint. Invisible is concerned with the memoirs of Adam Walker, beginning with his student days 1967. After meeting a glamorous yet seedy bohemian couple his life starts moving in unexpected directions. (Albeit in rather exciting cities … Paris and New York anyone?) A confession: at first I was worried Paul Auster had written a story, a straightforward story! But for dedicated Auster fans, don’t panic – although this is probably one of his more mainstream novels, all his quirks remain. Invisible is set in three parts, with different narrators and different styles of narration. Like a lot of his books, underneath the plot, the book is about the act of writing books and the hoops the author can make his readers jump through. I’ll try not to spoil it, but midway through the characters start acting out quite taboo scenarios, and credit to Auster being a brilliant writer – he can make you completely question what you know and what you expect your reactions to be. One more compliment: what I really loved about Invisible was that characters are like unexpected versions of people wandering about in an F. Scott Fitzgerald masterpiece.

Auster Quotables

You still miss him, don’t you?
Not anymore. Not after what you’ve told me today.
But you did.
I did. I didn’t want to, but I did.
The man is a maniac, you know.
True. But what law says you can’t love a maniac?

By writing about myself in the first person, I had smothered myself and made myself invisible, had made it impossible for me to find the thing I was looking for.
Paul Auster, Invisible