Man in the Dark

Man in the Dark

Book - 2008
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A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

" Man in the Dark is an undoubted pleasure to read. Auster really does possess the wand of the enchanter."--Michael Dirda, The New York Review of Books

From a "literary original" ( The Wall Street Journal ) comes a book 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. Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident at 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 the 2000 election 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 desperately trying to avoid insists on being told.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780312428518
Characteristics: 180 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 26, 2016

The book didn't quite keep me interested as Auster's other work did. I would say this is one of his most boring books but not the most terrible thing I've read.

Apr 16, 2012

Another boring book.
The only thing I liked in it, despite the horror of the content, three or four stories that are inserted into the book, about other people, most of all, about the cruel death of these people.
What is the genre of this book? Is it against the war? This anti-war theme is absolutely weak in this book. The story of Brick is as a children's story.
Typical senile loneliness, betrayals, unnecessary late confessions...
A work of art should capture the reader. If, after or during of reading, you need to strain to understand possible allegories, symbolisms, abstracts, and so on, then there are other genres for that. Read, and then try to explain what it all meant - brings boredom.
Moreover, in recent years, there are a lot books about the same thing.

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