I say this because I did and I liked it. It wasn’t the first Auster I picked up – it was the third – but it was the first one I liked and the first one I finished.
What starts as a typical first person narrative about a 60 year-old man, Nathan, who is ready, willing and waiting to die, turns into something completely different. I love what Auster did here. He starts with the 1st person (Nathan talking about his life and why he’s ready to die) but then he moves to describe how Nathan meets the actual “hero” of the novel Nathan’s nephew, Tom. What follows is a story that is told from the 1st person, but not about that 1st person…it’s a pretty awesome way to tell a pretty sweet story. I’m sure it’s been done before, as has everything, but it works here, so, meh.
I enjoyed it at least and so did my buddy Ernesto Cervini (www.ernestocervini.com) who (or whom?) recommended I read it.
Rating: 4 out of 5 amazing Grimaldi’s pizzas