The Invention of Solitude

The Invention of Solitude

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The Invention of Solitude by Paul Auster is a memoir novel originally published in 1982. This book is composed of two parts which deal with the sudden death of Auster's father and the author's view about coincidence, life, and death. 

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  • Christine Hoffman
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "Wow! The Invention of Solitude had me glued to the book the entire time. I thought it was great to read about the past and into the present time of the author. It gave me a glimpse into what it was like in his lifetime and to find out how he felt through it all."
  • Sandra Hamilton
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The part of this book that examines the Auster family history ad what may have made the author's father into the detached person he was is fascinating. The other part, which is about the nature of solitude itself, is not as accessible or interesting. It's navel-gazey and self-indulgent. For readers who like philosophy and can get past the author referring to himself in the third person, it may work. I did not enjoy that section of the book at all."
  • Aadhya Jhadav
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "the suspense story keep eader attention till the last. The writer Paul Auster's moving and personal meditation on fatherhood. After the death of his own father, Auster discovers a 60-year-old family murder mystery that could account for the old man's elusive character. "
  • Jenny Lu
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "The Invention of Solitude is one of the best must-read books for Christians. My mom gave me this book for Christmas. I scoffed at first but when I actually took the time to read the book I was pleasantly surprised. The book really touched me and I believe that there was a reason why I was meant to read it."
  • Wayne Stevens
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Pretty good book. It gets a little dry in some parts but overall it's definitely worth a read. Very beautiful story about the author's views on life and how they were shaped by his family. Lots of clever little nuggets of wisdom spread throughout."
  • Joseph Carr
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "This books is very well written and gave me prospective of life somewhat similar to mine. I recently lost my father as well as becoming a father soon. Its a very good prospective of what life means."
  • Lisa Silva
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "I would love this book. It seems like it would be a heartfelt book. I would get lost in the pages and be inspired"
  • Randy Stevens
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Must-read classics category is a huge category and it is really hard to determine which one is the best. But definitely The Invention of Solitude is not one of the best must-read classics book. Although it is a great book, there many others to mention before."
  • Sophia Lai
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "This book is written by a professional author who has other successes under his belt. He turned his talents towards a philosophy that was formed when his father died and then his own fatherhood. Reviewers mention over and over again the beauty of this author's words. I would recommend this book purely on the appreciation for good writing, no matter the subject."
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