The Auburn Haired Magician (valca85) wrote,
The Auburn Haired Magician

Sunset Park by Paul Auster

Synopsis from Goodreads

Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse.

An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families.

A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world.
William Wyler's 1946 classic The Best Years of Our Lives.
A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway.
An independent publisher desperately trying to save his business and his marriage.
These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel about contemporary America and its ghosts. Sunset Park is a surprising departure that confirms Paul Auster as one of our greatest living writers.

Auster has talent, there is no doubt about that. He has a way with a storyline that is fresh and interesting,although he can sometimes get caught up in his own characters to the point where the narrative slows too much.
The characters in this novel are wonderful, well molded creatures that could easily be people we speak with every day. I recognize all of them, which is always a good thing n a novel.
I do have a bit of a problem with the ending. There are too many unanswered questions, not resolution to the different plots. I know, I know, life is not resolved or wrapped up neatly, but in a book, I kinda expect to know what the ending is! Give me vague if you want, but give me something!
Anyway, I do recommend the book, regardless of my qualms with the ending.


3 out of 5 Stars
Tags: auster, fiction

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