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Author: Paul Auster
ISBN13: 978-0312610678
Title: Sunset Park: A Novel
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Language: English
Category: United States
Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (October 25, 2011)
Pages: 320

Sunset Park: A Novel by Paul Auster



And in Sunset Park, he does not disappoint. This novel is less postmodern than his recent book Invisible. It focuses on debris: physical debris from trashed-out foreclosed homes in Florida that Miles Heller, a Brown University drop-out, rescues through his camera. Con 'Sunset Park', Paul Auster deja a un lado la metaliteratura y los relatos dentro de relatos para contarnos una historia más cercana a la actual crisis que estamos viviendo. El protagonista es Miles Heller, de veintiocho años, que un buen día de hace ocho años, lo dejó todo, la universidad donde sacaba excelentes notas y que le auspiciaba un gran futuro, y su familia, algo atípica, pero con la se llevaba bien.

Sunset Park is a novel by Paul Auster published in November 2010. Set during the American financial recession in 2008, the college dropout Miles Heller, who has been running from his past for seven years, is forced to leave his new girlfriend in Florida and return home to New York City. There he unites with his old friend Bing who lives with two women in an abandoned home in the Sunset Park neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Sunset Park: A Novel. Luminous, passionate, expansive, an emotional tour de force. Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse. An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families. A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Appearing in a novel by Paul Auster that itself happens to have an ambiguously gentle title, these literary references create a frisson for the reader and establish a pleasant uncertainty as to whether the novelist's take on the US economy will finally be Wyleresque or Beckettian.

Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Only 18 left in stock (more on the way). In Sunset Park, Auster seems to carry all of humanity inside him. ―Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe. As remarkable as are Auster's skill and experience, this kind of writing-this kind of ending-takes another, rarer attribute: tremendous courage. This is the fourth Paul Auster book I've read and the one I liked the least. Love his writing, but not crazy about these characters. Hard to be involved in their lives or care too much for them.

Strona główna Sunset Park: A Novel. Obrazek jest niedostępny. Sunset Park: A Novel. Even on the first day, when they sat in the park talking about The Great Gatsby, he was impressed that she was reading the book for herself and not because a teacher had assigned it at school, and then, as the conversation continued, doubly impressed when she began to argue that the most important character in the book was not Daisy or Tom.

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At the start of his new novel, Sunset Park, Paul Auster merrily disregards Vonnegut’s rule, introducing Miles Heller as a man with no longings or hopes who has trained himself to want as little as humanly possible. On the surface, Sunset Park is fairly straightforward, without Auster’s trademark postmodern flourishes. Yet he tests the rules throughout, as if the experiment were to write a conventionally satisfying novel while bucking many of the conventions of how to write fiction. Sunset Park has a scrapbook feel that may leave readers unsure what the book is ­really about, a question that applies to conceptual novels as much as to conventional ones. Still, Auster consistently brings to the page interesting people, possessed by esoteric fixations and driven to express their ideas in creative ways. He’s right that the rules of fiction should be bent.

A New York Times BestsellerFrom the bestselling author of Invisible and The New York Trilogy comes a new novel set during the 2008 economic collapse. Sunset Park opens with twenty-eight-year-old Miles Heller trashing out foreclosed houses in Florida, the latest stop in his flight across the country. When Miles falls in love with Pilar Sanchez, he finds himself fleeing once again, going back to New York, where his family still lives, and into an abandoned house of young squatters in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Woven together from various points of view―that of Miles's father, an independent book publisher trying to stay afloat, Miles's mother, a celebrated actress preparing her return to the New York stage, and the various men and women who live in the house―"Auster seems to carry all of humanity inside him" (Jan Stuart, The Boston Globe).

Reviews: 7
Maman
I've been reading Paul Auster's fiction for more than 20 years now. Most of his books are staggeringly well-written; sometimes, he doesn't quite hit the mark, which I felt was the case with his last two books, Man in the Dark and Invisible. His latest novel, Sunset Park, shows he's back in fine form, as it both tugs at your heart and makes you think.

Miles Heller is fairly directionless. Seven years ago he dropped out of college and stepped out of his parents' lives; since then, he has drifted around the country without any real plans. While living in Florida and working on a crew that empties foreclosed homes, he meets Pilar, a wise-beyond-her-years high school senior, and the two fall in love. Running afoul of Pilar's older sister, Miles flees back to his native New York until Pilar's 18th birthday. In New York, he joins his old friend, Bing, and two others as they squat in an abandoned house in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood. Miles uses the return home as an opportunity to reconnect with his parents and mentor Pilar from afar, while each of his housemates struggles with their own self-discoveries, and his father, Morris, deals with his own shaky marriage and his fears of mortality.

While the book starts out being narrated by Miles alone, after a point his voice is joined by those of his housemates and both of his parents, publisher Morris and actress Mary-Lee. Each has a unique viewpoint and each character occupies their own space with their own unique voice. I found this book tremendously compelling and thought-provoking, as it was both about big and small ideas. This is a story about relationships, self-confidence (and the lack thereof), discovering your true self, baseball and seizing opportunities that come your way. I found the ending a little too melodramatic and predictable, but it also left me to imagine what the next steps would be in the characters' lives. So good to see Paul Auster back on track again!!
Worla
I am an absolute fan of Paul Auster, and I think he is like good wine - the older the better. He mellowed somehow, although the elements of metafiction and tons of cultural references are still here, giving the real taste of Paul Auster to the most demanding reader, yet his new novels are less hermetic and more mainstream.

In "Sunset Park" there is the usual alienated protagonist - 28 years old Miles Heller, who lives the life of a hermit, having abruptly cut all the ties to his prominent family of New York publishers. He managed to avoid all contact for seven years, quit college and lives a truly minimalistic life, moving a lot and doing odd physical jobs to sustain himself. When we meet him, he lives in Florida - but the one thing he has not predicted changes the order of things forever: Miles falls in love with a teenager, an extremely bright and ambitious high school girl, Pilar Sanchez. His relationship with a minor and its consequences force him to accept an offer from an old friend, Bing Nathan, to move back to Brooklyn and join the group of squatters occupying an abandoned house in the Sunset Park neighborhood (I wonder whether Auster was inspired by a real house... I bet he was). Now Miles is close to his family, and there is the question of reconciliation, making peace...

The book if full of anecdotes about the lives of football players and initially I felt it might put me off (as I know nothing of football and the names mean nothing to me), but I found myself following and thinking about the random parallels between the lives of the characters and the players. The stories were an integral part of the novel and in no way a distraction or a show-off.
In fact, everything mentioned in the novel has a role: it is not a random choice of "The Great Gatsby" for a book that brings Pilar and Miles together. It is important that Alice is doing her graduate work on the old Hollywood movies and chooses to focus on the particular one ("The Best Years of Our Lives"), obsessing with it, that Ellen in turn becomes obsessed with human body... Every detail is a piece of a puzzle, indispensable and fitting perfectly in its place.

Questions that come to mind after reading: is minimalist way of life more often than not an escape, not a choice of two equivalents?
And are people really unable to change their general direction in life? Is one tragedy a predictor of the further one, even if we desperately try to avoid them? Back to an old truism: is there anything that can be called bad or good luck that defines us?

Initially, for a moment, I was disappointed by the ending - but almost immediately I was grateful for it not being different. Paul Auster succeeded yet again in delivering very well constructed, complex, interesting, thoroughly modern novel.
lifestyle
I've only read one of Paul's books before, the recently released "4321". I also enjoyed this book, just not quite as much. I enjoyed the feel of living and almost Bohemian life in the great city of New York. I'd recommend it as a good read
Goltigor
As always there is great character dedevelopment here but the ending really came too soon
Уou ll never walk alone
This is the fourth Paul Auster book I've read and the one I liked the least. Love his writing, but not crazy about these characters. Hard to be involved in their lives or care too much for them. I have not quite finished it, but I will. And I look forward to reading more by Mr. Auster.
Mikarr
it is a great one!
Preve
The strangest thing, is not the novel itself, I shall go into this later. Sunset Park is a clever, well written, contemporary novel by a humane and attentive writer who relishes intensive specific information on different subjects, related or unrelated to the story he is telling. It may be interesting, but it is also a way to fill up pages.

The novel, as I wrote above, is good. Reading it is not a must, unless, like in my case, being a writer myself, it serves to feel the pulse of contemporary novel writing styles.

The strangest thing is, I could never read Paul Auster on paper printed editions. I found him boring. I read this novel on my newly inaugurated Kindle, my first eReader, straight through. How come? I ask myself. It may be because eReaders do not allow for convenient or inconvenient quick forward page turning? Is it because the support allows for clearer and faster reading?.

Does anybody know why?
I know Sunset Park in Brooklyn, NY and I know the Green-Wood Cemetery. I had hoped the book would convey the feel of the area. I was interested by the story of the 20 somethings and the lives leading up to today.