Winter Journal

Winter Journal

Book - 2012
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Facing his sixty-third winter, novelist Auster sits down to write a history of his body and its sensations. He takes us from childhood to the brink of old age as he summons a universe of physical sensation, of pleasures and pains, moving from the awakening of sexual desire to the ever deepening bonds of married love; from meditations on eating and sleeping to an account of his mother's sudden death.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Henry Holt and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805095531
Branch Call Number: B Auster 2012
Characteristics: 230 p. ; 22 cm


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Dec 28, 2015

At the sentence level, Paul Auster's Winter Journal is very well written. As for the substance, the author's recollections are neither enlightening nor deep (at some point he actually describes a movie he once saw, and he describes it in great detail!) . All in all, this book didn't have to be written.

Jul 06, 2015

A self-portrait in words of a man who feels and sounds older than he is. Perceptive and insightful.

May 08, 2015

a beautiful, a poet's, recollection of the ages of his life, and therefore of every wo/man's

Dec 29, 2012

an interesting concept for a book and the first half was interesting, insightful but I found it then got a tad tedious

nycakaren Nov 29, 2012

Interesting reflections on Auster's life, mostly in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Patches of wonderful writing about deeply personal experiences. Auster builds meaning and atmosphere by accretion. This book is like Mary Gordon's SEEING THROUGH PLACES of special interest to fans of these authors.

Cdnbookworm Oct 09, 2012

A month before his sixty-fourth birthday Auster began writing this memoir. It isn't your standard memoir giving experience over time, but more stream of consciousness. Auster moves from memories of the origins of scars on his body, to the women he's loved, to places he has lived, among many other streams. He speaks from the heart, and his experiences are interesting. His stories show the how much he has thought about his experiences, connected different things that have happened in his life and learned from them.
He is honest enough about his experiences that he doesn't always portray himself in the best light, but he also doesn't try to apologize for that. He just describes his actions and his emotions and makes you feel part of it. I loved the way things wandered, from one type of memory to another. I think listening to him read it only added to the experience in a very positive way. A great writer, a great storyteller, and a great read.


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