There are so many perspectives to this book and stories, the ending leaves you wondering what really happened and what is the truth. The part about the "Experiment" really caught me off guard.
I loved this book right up until the last 30 or so pages, then came an ending which left me feeling as though Auster just ran out of time before deadline and threw some random ideas out with the hope that the reader wouldn't notice. Despite the less than perfect ending it still IMHO rated 3.5*s
Strange book, stranger end. All these people coming and going and coming back later, older with secrets that they deny. Incest described and then denied. Spies and triple agent. Seems like a big hodgepodge of confusion. And the confusion continues till the end with Born inviting Cecile to Quillia, an island from hell. The last scene is more unfathomable with the rock breakers. What does it all mean?
A very intriguing read. The landscape shifts quickly, so don't get too attached to a specific character. I would suggest to jjoyR that, while the topic may be repugnant, questions arise as to the reliability of the author, so maybe it's real and maybe it's not.
Auster's narrative flows smoothly and he manages the abrupt transitions quite nicely.
Ingenious and constantly intriguing book. The best Auster book in a really long time! The multiple narrative perspectives are particularly well done.
I hated being blindsided by the topic of incest. I would NOT recommend this book.
One of the best books I've read in a long time! So intelligently written, gripping, and unpredictable. Read it fast and as sorry when it was over.
Paul Auster's "Invisible" is a compelling, delicious, nasty read. The reader needs to adjust expectations and be reconciled to not really caring about or identifying with any of the characters, as none of them can be trusted to have an accurate picture of the central story and circumstances, and at least two of the characters are likely guilty of monstrous acts. Auster treats his characters more like moral chesspieces than people, and the book is more a puzzle for the reader to solve than a milieu in which the reader can imagine him or herself. In fact, a reference late in the book to "a laboratory of human possibilities" probably captures it best.
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