Thursday, 22 October 2009

Mr Vertigo


Title: Mr Vertigo

Author: Paul Auster

Number of pages: 288

Started: 16 October 2009

Finished: 22 October 2009

Opening words:

I was twelve years old the first time I walked on water. The man in the black clothes taught me how to do it, and I’m not going to pretend I learned that trick overnight. Master Yehudi found me when I was nine, an orphan boy begging nickels on the streets of Saint Louis, and he worked with me steadily for three years before he let me show my stuff in public. That was in 1927, the year of Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh, the precise year when night began to fall on the world forever. I kept it up until a few days before the October crash, and what I did was greater than anything those two gents could have dreamed of. I did what no American had done before me, what no one has ever done since.

Plot summary:

The story of Walt, an irrepressible orphan from the Mid-West. Under the tutelage of the mesmerising Master Yehudi, Walt is taken back to the mysterious house on the plains to prepare not only for the ability to fly, but also for the stardom that will accompany it.

What I thought:

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Paul Auster. I find his books incredibly engaging and I love the darkness that underpins them. They are not stories that come together in some neat Hollywood happy ending. Having said that, I don’t think book was one of his best. I didn’t find the plot quite so engaging and it lacked one of my favourite things about Auster – his ability to weave a story within a story.

It was a decent read and it is a book that I would like to read again because I don’t feel I gave it my full concentration, but in my view he has written better. I would still suggest giving it a go, but if it doesn’t ‘do it for you’ then try one of his others because he is a fantastic author.

3 comments:

anothercookiecrumbles said...

I haven't read a single book by Paul Auster, but, I have been meaning to read Moon Palace for a while...

Hopefully, I'll enjoy his writing as much as you do.

Sarah said...

Hooray! You're back!

I'm concerned. What are you going to do when you run out of Paul Auster...?

Random Reflections said...

anothercookiecrumbles - you should give him a go, he is great!

Sarah - I got a bit behind, but have now almost caught up.

I share your concern. I have a few books left to go and he actually has a new book coming out in November as well. Plus there are a couple I might re-read. Plus (again) his wife is also an author and I am going to try reading her books and have one at the moment that I will read soon.

So, as you can tell, I haven't really thought about this issue at all.