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Book Review: Timbuktu – by Paul Auster

Timbuktu - Paul AusterTimbuktu – by Paul Auster

This is the second Paul Auster book I have now read. There is a certain intrigue about these books that draws one to them…the unusual storyline, the stretching of the mind to look at things from a different perspective and the sometimes bizarre plot. I must say, this plot in Timbuktu was quite straightforward, unlike the plot in “Travels in the Scriptorium“, which left me feeling quite baffled.

“Timbuktu” is a refreshing sort of story, which looks at the world through the eyes of a doggy and takes the reader through a delightful journey of joys, sorrows, reminiscences and thoughts. It is simple, yet has a richness of adventure resembling a travel to another world. This is where Paul Auster shows brilliance, juxtaposing doggy simplicity with an out-of-this-world experience for the human reader. It’s another short book by the author, just about 180 pages long and it gave me the feeling throughout like I was on a trip somewhere! Very nice…

Book Review: Travels in the Scriptorium – by Paul Auster

Travels in the Scriptorium – by Paul Auster

There was a decided mysteriousness and ingenuity about this plot, which is the whole point about the style that is said to be characteristic of Paul Auster. (This is the first I have read of his books.)

It was easy to get through this book – it is just 145 pages long; the story is engaging and well written. Fitting the whole plot together after reading the ending is what stretches the mind and elevates it onto a philosophical plane.

I shall not give away the story here. Suffice to say, the book is worth an encounter if just for curiosity to experience the different type of world one travels into. Perplexing in some ways, it is an unusual sort of theme to be explored – a journey into a writer’s mind.