For some reason I'm surprised I've already read two other books by him (I've also since discovered who his ex-wife is). I suppose this is my long way of saying that I was surprised, once I thought about it, to realize that I had any previous experience with Auster at all, and also that I think it helped my reading of the book. I was annoyed that the second part was written in the second person (I steadfastly refused to agree to read a book for my old book club because it was written in the second person), but overall, I did like this book. The characters seemed real enough (the main character especially), which is impressive because there were some very extreme personalities. There was a lot to think about, it was very well-written, and ultimately redeemed itself from being so man-centric. It's interesting, too, that I'm not yet able to see much of a pattern developing between this and his other books I've read - the mark of a good writer, I'd say.
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