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The book makes many profound points often explored in Auster's writing. Many of the reviews state something like "I kept waiting for the point". Auster writes in a style that explores the point rather than state it bluntly. He doesn't say, "let's look at the process and discipline of writing which, done with discipline, can make the reader suspend belief and bend reality." But instead, he gives us the story of a boy who works hard to master something more than a mere magic trick intended to strike the audience with awe and make the lad a fortune.
Sometimes this style plays out nicely as with the New York Trilogy. Sometimes, as with this book, the ideas are hammered too hard. The delicate concepts of disciplined writing and the role of the father are bludgeoned by a potentially good story not well told.
The book lacks the magic you expect from reading the summaries. Perhaps that's part of the point in that writing isn't magic, it's work. The lame critic comes along and beats up the work and steals the profit.
I like the ideas and the theme of the book and can say it's worth your time but don't expect to be enchanted. The book is more of an expository journey through ideas than an enthralling story of fantasy versus reality.
I doubt this book would ever become a good movie. It is a decent book.
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Would you try another book from Paul Auster and/or Kevin Pariseau?
What was most disappointing about Paul Auster’s story?
Story never delivered a message. Ran all over the place. Too much attention given to his penis and its needs. Might want it to be sub catagoried as porn.
What about Kevin Pariseau’s performance did you like?
Performance was good.
What character would you cut from Mr. Vertigo?
Any additional comments?
Waste of money and time.
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lease allow me a minute to check this for you Terry. 4:47:32 PM
Terry Johnson: Ok 4:47:40 PM
Terry Johnson: Are you still there? 4:49:57 PM
CSA: Yes Terry. I am still ha
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