Travels in the Scriptorium A Novel by Paul Auster - A Writers Mystery by kpeterson520


									  Travels in the Scriptorium: A Novel
             by Paul Auster

                               A Writers Mystery

An old man awakens, disoriented, in an unfamiliar chamber. With no
memory of who he is or how he has arrived there, he pores over the relics
on the desk, examining the circumstances of his confinement and
searching his own hazy mind for clues.

Determining that he is locked in, the man--identified only as Mr. Blank--
begins reading a manuscript he finds on the desk, the story of another
prisoner, set in an unfamiliar, alternate world. As the day passes, various
characters call on Mr. Blank in his cell, and each brings frustrating hints of
his forgotten identity and his past.

Both chilling and poignant, Travels in the Scriptorium is vintage Paul
Auster: mysterious texts, fluid identities, a hidden past, and, somewhere,
an obscure tormentor. And yet, as we discover during one day in the life of
Mr. Blank, his world is not so different from our own.
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I was drawn into this beautifully-written, mysterious story from the very first
page. I immediately felt for Mr. Blank, struggling to figure out who he was,
where he was, and why. As the story unfolded and more and more
characters came and went (not being familiar with Austers other works, I
did not realize they were from his previous works), and Mr. Blank read the
unfinished manuscript in the room with him, a hundred theories went
through my head.

When the book ended, I didnt know what to make of the books conclusion.
Who was Mr. Blank? I felt like the question had not been answered. Yet, I
knew a book this masterfully and elegantly written had to have a point.
Therefore, I did something I have NEVER done before - I immediately
turned to page one and read the book all the way through again.

Upon second reading, Mr. Blanks true nature became clear to me, as did
the true meaning behind the manuscript and the room itself.


Mr. Blank was not named without a reason. He is the writer, locke d within
the confines of his very own mind. Things come into existence in the room
only when he notices them, as when a writer writes things into existence.
The characters, stemming from Austers other books, showcase how a
writers previous works forever pervade a writers subconscious, affecting
his/her life from their conception onward. Mr. Blank, the writer, is unable to
write, locked within this scriptorium until his writers block is lifted and he is
able to conclude his story. The missions he sent the op eratives on are the
storylines he used his characters for.

WOW. Now that I have this (I believe) figured out, I must say, this is one of
the most original, well-written, thought-provoking works of fiction I have
EVER read. This little book is a testament to the beautiful workings of Paul
Austers mind, and stands as a symbol for writers and lovers of literature
everywhere. This is what a great novella looks like, simply stated.

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