[AZW] ✓ Travels in the Scriptorium | by ☆ Paul Auster
Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AMBy Paul Auster

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 storyAn 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.
  • Title: Travels in the Scriptorium
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • ISBN: 9780312426293
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback

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Shovelmonkey1 Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
It is official Paul Auster is the master mind messer This book is an MC Escher drawing in literary form Spoiler alert Mr Blank is in a room He can t remember who he is, anything about his past or where he came from All he knows is what people tell him about himself and without knowing it he is under 24 hour scrutiny by a higher power, someone with an overall view of the situation Characters enter the room, perform basic tasks and leave and almost the instant that they are gone Mr Blank forgets w [...]
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BillKerwin Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Light weight meta fiction Not much going on here really, but as always with Auster his style makes it worthwhile.
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Katie Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
First things first I am an Auster fan I m not sure I d have been able to enjoy this book were I unfamiliar with his work Yes, its gotten mixed reviews Yes, it is self referential Honestly, is this a surprise to anyone Get over it Worth reading for Auster philes Without a doubt The issues Auster takes on in this novella really, it s only about 150 pages are familiar to his readers questions of identity, memory, the nature of narrative, among others The writing is tighter, compact than that of Br [...]
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Mohammad Ali Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
1394 view spoiler he sits down on the edge of the narrow bed, assuming a position identical to the one described in the first sentence of this report But you managed to get out Still For the time being We could get it back on you in two shakes of a cat park across the way deluge Perhaps it is because the Protector and his family are gone from the city then, and with the palace standing empty and blue shutters covering the familiar windows, the reality of the Confederation begins to fee [...]
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Tory Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
As down with Auster as I am, this little novella just completely failed me To sum it up, it s all these characters from Auster s other books seeking revenge on this person who sent them on their missions Auster himself, I suppose It s his characters putting him through one of his stories, locking him in a mysterious room and taking away his memories so he s in one of his own puzzles How droll If you haven t read his other books, it might be interesting might, I don t know Having read them I foun [...]
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Erika Jhanie Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
What the fuck was that , I cried at the very last sentence.I planned to read another book right after finishing it but no, Auster wouldn t let me go I had to make sense of it I had to understand I had to So I retold myself the significant parts, read back on the details I thought I might be missing and tried to analyze what it was all about.This book is basically about how the characters and stories created by people, especially writers are bound to haunt them Auster illustrated the struggles or [...]
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Chris Dietzel Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Auster loves writing about men who lose their memory I think this is the third book of his with that basic premise, and he s such a great writer that every single one of them is wonderful One of the things I liked so much about this book, besides Auster s writing and storytelling, was that there were points throughout the story where it became possible that this book was taking place in the same world as his apocalyptic novel In the Country of Last Things It may or may not be related, but one of [...]
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Gertrude & Victoria Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
I have to say this was the worst Paul Auster book I ve read, and I ve read most of his works If you must read Travels in the Scriptorium, it is best that you keep your expectations in check That way you won t be bitterly disappointed From the very first words I thought this story was going nowhere I was correct When I had finished it it had gone nowhere It was a tedious read And a bore At least though, the second half was a little better than the first, but overall I thought it was a lame story [...]
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M. Sarki Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Notes while reading this book I can say that after reading the first twenty three pages I am hooked So much going on for me here I especially enjoyed the sponge bath happy ending Beautifully done.Immediately thinking of Quentin Tarantino s Mr Black, Mr Pink, in Austen s character Mr Blank The mystery Also the simple and sparse theater set in the novel reminds me of a stage play being acted out and a response of some sort to Endgame by Samuel Beckett Again, the mystery is what does it for me Whil [...]
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Blair Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Travels in the Scriptorium opens like this a man, known only as Mr Blank, is apparently imprisoned within a room He remembers snippets of his childhood, but nothing of how he came to be in the room, and has little to no recollection of his adult life During the course of the story, he is visited by a number of people two women who take on nurse carer roles, an ex policeman, a lawyer and so on and recognises them only vaguely, if at all He contemplates escaping from the room, but seems incapable [...]
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Brad Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Like Alexander taking his sword to the Gordian Knot, Paul Auster chops away at the knotty loop he s tangled throughout Travels in the Scriptorium inelegantly solving the very problem he created while invalidating the reader s input.Until the ending, this was an obtuse work and brilliant for it s wide angle of perspective because the potential meanings were myriad Mr Blank could have been anyone His crimes could have been anything His victims could have been everyone or no one This was a text beg [...]
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Xysea Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Okay, well I read this entire book 90 pages within a few hours in the Barnes Nobles Truth be told, I read it there for two reasons a I have been told to read something by Paul Auster by a few people and b I didn t want to pay 16.00 for it My daughter read the Guiness Book of World Records for Kids, lol It s an interesting story within a story The writing, initially, is pretty solid, pretty tight But the story is hard to keep interested in A lot of the plot is a description of the main character, [...]
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Joshua Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
I m not the biggest Paul Auster fan In fact, I ve never really read any of his other books I got attracted to this book because of its odd cover and a recommendation from another person new to Auster s worlds and he loved it This is a terrible place to start for any Auster virgin because from what I can gather, its a bunch of in jokes from characters that were in his previous novels Like all meta fiction, things take a turn for the absurd and questions of truth, art and honesty run abound I m ho [...]
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TK421 Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Atmospheric and disorientating Like being caught in a fun house that is located on the tilt a whirl While most readers will be able to put the pieces of the overall story together, the individual parts of the story are harder to solve A welcome departure from what I have been reading recently HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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Caitlin Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Here s something I wish I d known before reading this book Travels in the Scriptorium should not be the first Paul Auster you read Why didn t I read a review If I d done my research rather than impulsively grabbing this off a table because of its quirky cover a horse in a room I would have known that this is Auster s thirteenth novel and his most navel gazing, almost a note to longtime fans As a newcomer, I didn t realize that all of the secondary characters were drawn from his previous novels, [...]
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Trixie Fontaine Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
The first Paul Auster I ve read where I totally get why some people dislike not just him, but his writing.Felt like a little self indulgent quick smarty pants bullshit project trick, or maybe I m just not sophisticated enough to appreciate it Glad it was short or I never would have finished it though, annoyingly, it IS something you feel like you need to get to the end of which only helps make you feel manipulated into getting it in ways than one.I guess I was supposed to feel really depressed [...]
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Elizabeth (Alaska) Apr 05, 2020 - 06:51 AM
Bizarre So bizarre, I was actually frustrated at one point That might have been because of other life happenings than because of the book, so I will discount the frustration part But only a little.I picked this up at the library book sale, knowing Auster is on the 1001 list I didn t have the list with me, and hoped this would be among his titles It isn t Neither is the other one I picked up at the same time, but I ll happily read it Also those titles that are on the list In spite of this being [...]
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Travels in the Scriptorium By Paul Auster 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 storyAn 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.

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