What is a good place to start with Paul Auster?

That’s the question. I tried to hijack a thread and ask. But alas, I am overwhelmed with guilt. I am a huge Siri Husvedt fan and have read that the two’s work has some style similarities. Any suggestions?

Try starting with “the music of chance” and if you like it, just keep going and get “the NY trilogy”, very very good!

I hope you enjoy it!

Try to see the movie “smoke” too!!! He wrote it I believe, i liked it (although a litte odd!)

Definitely the New York trilogy. Last time I checked, all three novels were being published together into one single book. Bonus: Siri actually makes an appearance in one of the books.

“The Country of Last Things” is also great post-apocalyptic literature, if you’re interested in that.

Paul Auster, how I love thee!

A favourite of mine is Mr. Vertigo. Also, I highly recommend the movie Smoke of wich Auster is the screenwriter. There are some beautiful stories in the movie, including one about a camera theif, that are apparently based on Auster’s short stories. William Hurt’s soliloquy on how to weigh smoke is alone worth the price of a rental.

Also, ditto on the New York Trilogy.

Good recommendations all. Mr. Vertigo and The Music of Chance are two of my faves.

PS. In case the books in the New York Trilogy are now published separately, their titles are City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room.

Thanks. I think I will try the trilogy. I did see Smoke, but didn’t know he had written the screenplay until later.

Timbuktu sucks. Leviathan and Moon Palace are good. That’s my opinion.

lol! I was that thread’s originator (“Suggestions on a new author…”), and your question was/is perfectly on topic (not that I am seriously offended by hijacks in any case). I was asking for someone new to read, and if I chose Paul Auster, I too would like to know which book I should start with…

Oh, by the way, my friend’s uncle’s co-worker said that Leviathan is his best novel, and that one should start there. For what it’s worth…

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For what its worth, I just finished ‘The Invention of Solitude’ which covers Auster’s reflections on the death of his Father and his relationship with his son amongst other things.

I found it to be an insightful and touching work, if a little self indulgent in places.

But I do recommend it.

If you liked “Smoke,” find “Blue in the Face.” It’s the same actors and characters from “Smoke” doing improv with whomever else was on the studio lot.