The Red Notebook: True Stories

ISBN: 0811214982
ISBN 13: 9780811214988
By: Paul Auster

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De son Carnet rouge, où il consigne, et même collectionne des événements étranges par leurs coïncidences, Paul Auster dit que " c'est un art poétique sans théorie ". Et comme, dans l'Art de la faim, il a rassemblé essais, textes critiques et réflexions sur Kafka, Hamsun, Celan ou Rushdie, aussi bien que sur des créateurs moins connus de ce côté de l'Atlantique, c'est une véritable géographie de l'oeuvre austérienne qui s'élabore dans le présent volume.

Reader's Thoughts

David Russomano

This book contains interesting parts, but they do not add up to an interesting whole. I was very interested at first by all the anecdotes of strange coincidences. But then I got the preface for the anthology of French poetry and became totally bogged down. Really, I see almost no point in reading such a preface WHEN IT'S NOT ATTACHED TO THE RELEVANT BOOK OF POETRY! To whatever extent I found that preface interesting, that interest was betrayed by the fact that I couldn't go on to read any of the poets Auster had just talked about. Instead, I had to turn to a different preface to a different book. I can't say for sure what Auster hoped to achieve by putting these bits together in one volume, but I don't think he achieved what I'd describe as a good book.

Larissa

When you're a man as good-looking, beloved by the French, and utterly meta as Paul Auster, things happen to you. Exciting things. Surprising things. Coicidental and virtually impossible things. And if things aren't happening to you, then by golly, they are happening to someone you know. And so what are you to do, Paul Auster, but to write a book detailing the minute ways in which life (specifically yours) truly means something. Because, Dear Reader, everything is connected. Auster believes in a type of fate, it seems, a universal undercurrent that prompts and pushes almost every moment of our lives. Luckily, this predilection never seems too fanatical, never truly takes on the spectre of religious predestination that seems to be playing on the sidelines. Because when you get down to it, the fact that Paul Auster thinks that one day he lost a dime in Brooklyn and then later that day found "the very same dime" in front of Yankee Stadium is pretty endearing. The problem is that after awhile, these 'amazing' events seem remarkably mundane. I mean, what's so remarkable about coincidences that happen all the time? This is only exaggerated by his writing style--quick, to the point, and bereft of detail. Everything happens for a reason, I guess, but perhaps the reason isn't as moving and complex as one might hope.And anyway, Paul, it probably wasn't the same dime.

Nuska

Los pequeños relatos, anécdotas o historias verdaderas según el mismo Paul Auster que están escritas en este cuaderno rojo, son las mismas que hay en la primera parte de Experimentos con la verdad y que ya leí el verano pasado. Me han vuelto a gustar, por supuesto. Sobre todo la historia del poeta y el cuadro de Henri Matisse colgado sobre su cabeza. No recuerdo haber leído nada de Paul Auster que no me haya gustado.

Liam

Bollocks to people who doubt me every time I tell an amazing story. True, I do tend to choose to believe a story if it makes life more interesting but besides that, amazing things really do happen! Doubting them by default seems like a little death to me, that the mundanity of everyday existence has even extended to your willingness to even hear about amazing things is so depressing. Ugh, I sound like a fourteen year old. As a perfect example I'd like to recount the story of one of my closest friend's aunt and uncle: The man and woman, despite being deeply in love with one another, came to the joint realization that as a couple day to day they just couldn't live together. They separated and went years without seeing one another. When the man got cancer and word got back to her that he was at death's door, she came to the hospital for one final visit. They were left alone together for an hour and they both remembered how deeply in love with each other they still were. Then next day he died but nine months later she gave birth to their son, my friend's cousin.This is exactly the kind of stories Paul Auster tells in this tiny little book, recounting fantastic, magical things that have really happened to him. It's about the size and weight of a small book of common prayer and I like to carry it around clasped to my chest murmuring "life cand be and is amazing and beautiful" over and over under my breath.

Jeanette (jema)

A slim red little notebook, just a few stories thrown in, all about this rather remarkable thing we call coincidences, or Chance. It's like a little amuse bouche of Paul Auster and the rest of his work. This is what it tastes like, only a crumble to wet the appetite.

Dauro Veras

Paul Auster é um dos meus autores favoritos e este livro de histórias curtas sintetiza algumas das qualidades que mais gosto nele: a narrativa fluida, coloquial; a capacidade de pinçar banalidades cotidianas e apresentá-las de maneira que se destaquem por suas bizarrices, estranhezas, coincidências e sincronicidades; a empatia e cumplicidade com o leitor. Essa leitura foi muito estimulante e me deu vontade de contar algumas das histórias que vivi e ouvi por aí.

Kathleen

You know that wrong number that precipitates the events in Auster’s City of Glass? Well, Auster actually received that phone call.I love this book because it is about the proverbial truth that is stranger than fiction. If you think coincidences abound in Auster’s fiction, wait until you read this compact little catalogue of coincidences taken straight from his own life, and the lives of his friends and relatives. It’s a beautiful reminder of what a strange and mysterious world we live in.

Danny Guzmán

Todas las personas son como son una los distintos eventos que han marcado su vida. El Cuaderno Rojo nos explica por qué las historias de Auster son de tal forma y no de otra, además de que ayuda a entender mejor la obra del autor, en el que te das cuenta de que París y Nueva York no son simples ciudades elegidas al azar, sino tiene un profundo significado para el escritor.

Dereck

I started this yesterday, and I finished it today. Unlike other story collections I've read where they start of with the best, this one started off with a good story and just got better as they went along. It made me think of all those odd little things that have happened in my life and the odd stories other people have told me. It's a nice read. enjoyable. relatable. comfortable.

Hannah

Oh, Paul Auster! I love this man so much. The simplicity his writing is just beautiful, and the stories themselves- all of which are about extraordinary moments or coincidences- kind of restored my faith in humanity, in fate, in life. It's so wonderful to know that moments like this exist, and that someone has taken the time to recall them. It's rare that I stumble upon a coincidence as profound as some of the ones in this book (Nazi prison guard's daughter falls in love with prisoner's son, a generation later in a completely different country, for example), but I feel inspired to start keeping track of the little ones from now on.

Gileblit

Un gran conjunto de pequeños relatos y reflexiones sobre la escritura, la manera de vivir, y la propia vida de Paul Auster. En este libro se desvelan muchos misterios relacionados con él como autor, y también sobre el origen de algunas de sus novelas más conocidas.El título, bien elegido, nos hace pensar en uno de esos pequeños cuadernos de notas que todo escritor lleva siempre encima.

Sümeyye Öztürk

cool story bro

York

Este, contra toda expectativa, resultó ser el libro más hermoso que he leído en lo que va del año. Se trata de una serie de viñetas extrañas, reales, de la vida de los mortales, que por algún motivo, más o menos inexplicable y totalmente extraordinario, poseen una geometría única que enlaza los sentidos de las existencias de distintas personas. Lo que perturba y conmueve es que no se trata de ficción, es un anecdotario de vida del propio Auster y de personas que ha conocido. Cosas tan aparentemente bobas como encontrar una moneda de diez centavos, la reflexión sobre el lujo de no tener hambre y la simetría entre las vidas que consideramos ajenas para luego descubrir que son paralelas, son algunas de las historias reales que nos llevan por este recorrido, con puntos de llorar, otros de risa, llenos de lírica y esa emoción indescriptible de descubrir cómo todo está conectado en este mundo. Una joya, desde su trilogía de Nueva York no le leía algo que me arrebatara tanto.

Alberto Jacobo Baruqui

Una rapida lectura que toma tan solo unas horas. Una serie de 13 historias de posible cuestionamientos y veracidad, pero que ofrecen una lectura agradable y corrida basadas en el enigma del azar y la casualidad. Se presenta como un posible comienzo de Paul Auster a su prolífera cascada de historias (su Trilogía, entre otras) tras la llamada equivocada que recibe y que reincide, y que logra pulsar el gatillo de su imaginación. AJ

Ero

I wasn't really expecting much from this for some reason, I only picked it up from the library because it was pocket-sized and had a great Duke Ellington photo on the cover. But it's kind of wonderful-- sort of wierdly reminiscent of calvino, in a nonfiction, nonmeta, nonitalian sort of way. the story fragments in this tiny book feature wonderfully lucid prose and a complete lack of overstatement or added drama- so the moments that really make you catch your breath are much more impressive.

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