Rating: 5 Stars
A nameless man (Mr. Blank) experiences a day within the four walls of a room he is unsure if he can escape. He does not know how he got there, if he’s being forced to stay there, or who any of the people coming in and out of the room are. He does not know his name or where he is.
This book was incredibly confusing because I have only attempted one other Paul Auster book before (4 3 2 1 – which I DNF’d) but even without having ever read any off Auster’s earlier works I really did love this book. I knew from the first couple of pages where Mr. Blank was and who he was supposed to be. And I think if I’d read more of Auster’s earlier works, this would have been even more mind blowing.
Being someone who likes to write, I found this to be such a profound concept and it was remarkable how Auster managed to capture what it’s actually like to be in a writer’s imagination. This book transcends levels. It is, frankly, a literary masterpiece. I’m hoping to read more from Auster, since this book would have been even more amazing if I had more knowledge of his writing. Despite having to check Goodreads for an explanation as to who the other characters Mr. Blank was meeting, this book still managed to make my mind explode. Just genius and so well portrayed.
If you’re a fan of Auster or just a writer yourself, read this book. It’ll kind of be like someone crawled into your brain and made themselves at home!
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are simply my own honest ones and I have not been asked to write this review. Not everyone may agree with my thoughts and that’s okay! I hope you enjoy reading about mine.