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Book Club - New York Trilogy

Postby Bag of Ass » Mon May 21, 2007 4:53 pm

Our third book is [url=http://www.amazon.com/York-Trilogy-Penguin-Classics-Deluxe/dp/0143039830/ref=pd_bbs_1/000-7199530-2717158?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179328451&sr=8-1[/i]New York Trilogy[/url] by Paul Auster. This thread will be used to discuss this book only. Here is the status of the participants:
  • Bag of Ass: done
  • Aeli: ?
  • Eolh: has it
  • Kauser: ?
  • Dynagrip: ?
  • dogmeat: done
  • .: ?
  • Bunyip: done
  • hobokenbob: ?
  • Mr. Furious: ?
Please PM me when you get the book, and again when you finish it. I will update this post with that information. Let's try to have it by June 1, with a reading due date of June 29.
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Postby Bag of Ass » Fri Jun 01, 2007 2:16 am

Bought it today. I think maybe they only have the tradepaperback version, which ran me $16 at the local Barnes & Noble.

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Postby Bunyip » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:36 am

I have it reserved at the library but both copies are out. One is due back on Jun 6.

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Postby dogmeat » Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:49 am

Snagged my copy on ebay today. Hope it arrives soonish.

Edit: Arrived this morning. $6 inclusive of postage for the paperback ff imprint.

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Postby dogmeat » Mon Jun 11, 2007 2:07 pm

How're we all doing regards starting this then?
I'm good to go, just waiting for you guys to pipe up.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Mon Jun 11, 2007 9:51 pm

I finished the first story last night, and read the second one today at the airport/airplane. I think perhaps they are too similar for their own good. I did enjoy the first story more, because there was a bit more substance to it. As I was reading the second one, I found that while it was a quick read, it wasn't very interesting. I realized this when one of the characters was telling a story...it's like "Why did that page go by so quickly? Oh because there was actually plot there."

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Postby Dynagrip » Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:48 pm

I don't have the book yet because fuck all y'all.

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Postby Bunyip » Thu Jun 14, 2007 12:15 pm

What he said, except that I do in fact have the book.

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Postby Bag of Ass » Sat Jun 16, 2007 2:05 pm

POTENTIAL SPOILERS:

Finished the third story, which I thought was definitely the best. It wasn't very similar to the first two, though it did sort of tie into the first one (through a certain PS and HD). I liked how the story's main character was not even in it except for a few pages, and instead he was developed based on how other people reacted to their memory of him. Fanshawe, while not a terribly likable character, was certainly more likable than the narrator (who may or may not have been Paul Auster).

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Postby Bunyip » Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:21 pm

I finished the book! I liked it a bunch, but haven't got time right now to say why very articulately. I like how the final story changes the other two.

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Postby dogmeat » Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:41 pm

Just finished it. It was fantastic. The third was definitely better than the first and in turn the second. The question is, what else has Auster written? :)

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Postby Bag of Ass » Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:58 pm

Bunyip wrote:I finished the book! I liked it a bunch, but haven't got time right now to say why very articulately. I like how the final story changes the other two.

Have you found the time yet?

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Postby Bunyip » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:43 am

Hell no!

I got out my map of New York to see if the detailed meandering one of the guys did at one point spelled anything out but it didn't. :(

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Postby Ludovico » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:16 am

At the same time you guys started this thread, an acquaintance suggested I pick up this book and read it, so I did. I have to say, I hated the stories themselves, but I think Auster is brilliant. His insights into the way people think and feel and work are astounding, and he finds a way to put words to things I didn't even know I understood until he explained them. After the first story, I found myself suffering through the other two for the four pages contained within of pure, genius insight. The stories themselves were weak vessels for such profundity, though. And I almost put the book down forever after that chapter in the beginning of the book where the crazy guy talks nonstop. That was torture.
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Postby Bag of Ass » Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:18 am

So the fiancée finished American Gods and needed another book to read so I grabbed this off the shelf for her.

Also, Bunyip, you never posted your thoughts from a year ago even though you picked this book. Whassup with that?

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Postby Bunyip » Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:44 am

I think I wrote some notes on it and then lost them and now I can't remember. Verdict: positive!

I've just read Kerouac's On the Road and now I'm reading Palahniuk's Haunted and next will be Murakami's Wind-up Bird Chronicle since it's finally come in at the library.

I think it is Eolh's turn to pick a book!

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Postby dogmeat » Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:41 am

I'm currently reading Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. S'good.


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