The Winter Journal

The Winter Journal

Book - 2012
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Facing his sixty-forth winter, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster decides to write a journal as he sees himself aging in ways he never imagined. Compellingly written, and with dreamlike logic and urgency, the autobiographical fragments and meditations produce an extraordinary mosaic of a life. Weaving together vividly detailed stories, Auster illuminates how each small incident comes to signify a whole. Also, there are two recurring moments: one of bodily terror -- his panic attack following his mother's death in 2002; the other of joy -- his experience watching a dance piece in 1978 which releases him from writer's block just prior to his father's death. It was his father's death that began his first equally unconventional and internationally celebrated memoir, The Invention of Solitude, published thirty years ago. Now, Auster has included an unforgettable portrait of his mother. Winter Journal is a surprising and moving meditation on time, the body, the weight of memory, a long and fulfilling marriage (with author Siri Hustvedt), and language itself by one of the most interesting and elegant writers writing today, and one with a devoted following.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012
Description: 230 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780771009044
Branch Call Number: 813.09 Aus


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Dec 28, 2015

At the sentence level, Paul Auster's Winter Journal is very well written. As for the substance, the author's recollections are neither enlightening nor deep (at some point he actually describes a movie he once saw, and he describes it in great detail!) . All in all, this book didn't have to be written.

May 08, 2015

a beautiful, a poet's, recollection of the ages of his life, and therefore of every wo/man's

Dec 29, 2012

an interesting concept for a book and the first half was interesting, insightful but I found it then got a tad tedious

nycakaren Nov 29, 2012

Interesting reflections on Auster's life, mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Patches of wonderful writing about deeply personal experiences. Auster builds meaning and atmosphere by accretion. This book is like Mary Gordon's SEEING THROUGH PLACES of special interest to fans of these authors.

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