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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. Features: * ISBN13: 9780312426293 * Condition: NEW * Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark. * Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping Prices 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. SPOILER ALERT: 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. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Travels in the Scriptorium: A Novel by Paul Auster - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!
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