Friday, July 04, 2008

The Music of Chance by Paul Auster

Following the death of his father, Jim Nashe takes to the open road. But there he picks up Pozzi, a hitchhiking gambler, and is drawn into a dangerous game of high-stakes poker with two eccentric and reclusive millionaires.

A pretty simplistic summary, but don't be fooled. This is one of the strangest books I've read in years. I loved it. Every page of it, even though I can admit I didn't 'get' all of it. I loved the characters and the odd, odd series of events. The idea of existentialism completely eludes me, but I was still able to really enjoy this book and I was still thinking about it days after I'd turned the last page. It was a lot more dark and sinister than I was expecting but I love surprises. I'll have to pick up another of Auster's books. Recommendations any Auster fans out there?

1 comment:

  1. Paul Auster is my FAVORITE author! I would definitely recommend The New York Trilogy. It's another weird one, but it was just fantastically weird, I thought. I have The Music of Chance on my TBR, but I havne't gotten around to it just yet. Glad you liked it!

    I would also recommend Auster's memoirs...especially Hand to Mouth.


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