b2s pick: City of Glass

9780140097313BOOK 2 SCREEN PICK

City of Glass by Paul Auster (Penguin, 1987)

Summary: City of Glass inaugurates an intriguing New York Trilogy of novels that The Washington Post Book World has classified as “post-existentialist private eye… It’s as if Kafka has gotten hooked on the gumshoe game and penned his own ever-spiralling version.” As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written. Written with hallucinatory clarity, City of Glass combines dark humour with Hitchcock-like suspense. Ghosts and The Locked Room are the next two brilliant instalments of Paul Auster’s The New York Trilogy.

Notes: A recluse mystery writer, Daniel Quinn receives a late-night call from a man named Peter Stillman, asking the private detective called Paul Auster. This sends Quinn on a wild goose chase across the city, where he discovers multiple realities.

A thrilling indecisive nightmare, where one loses everything; identity, name, purpose, and your surroundings in a blink of the eye. A story for someone willing to stretch the viewers idea of reality, such as Perception. Starting as straight-forward investigation, but becomes Dark, strange and full of unexpected turns as you become lost in a world of Doppelganger and magical realism.

It‘s about a man, who lives a life purpose, then suddenly he gets the chance to change his identity, to change his whole life. He gets a mission, a way to break out of his grief over the loos of his family, and puts all his efforts into the case, no matter how senseless his activities might be. After the man he follows disappeared he still can‘t let go of the idea that he has to bring it to an end and drives himself into madness. The story tells us that we can‘t change our identity, that we‘ll always stay who we are and that a sudden turnabout is impossible. It‘s also about obsession, about the fact that when you want something so desperately, that you give your whole life up for it, you will never succeed, because you have nothing to come back to anymore, even when you have reached your target.


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