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Durante os meses sombrios do colapso económico de 2008, quatro jovens ocupam ilegalmente uma casa abandonada em Sunset Park, um bairro perigoso de Brooklyn. Bing, o cabecilha, toca bateria e dirige o Hospital das Coisas Escangalhadas, onde conserta relíquias de um passado mais próspero. Ellen, uma artista melancólica, é assaltada por visões eróticas. Alice está a fazer umaDurante os meses sombrios do colapso económico de 2008, quatro jovens ocupam ilegalmente uma casa abandonada em Sunset Park, um bairro perigoso de Brooklyn. Bing, o cabecilha, toca bateria e dirige o Hospital das Coisas Escangalhadas, onde conserta relíquias de um passado mais próspero. Ellen, uma artista melancólica, é assaltada por visões eróticas. Alice está a fazer uma tese sobre a forma como a cultura popular encarava o sexo no pós-guerra. Miles vive consumido por uma culpa que o leva a cortar todos os laços familiares. Em comum têm a busca por coerência, beleza e contacto humano. São quatro vidas que Paul Auster entrelaça em tantas outras para criar uma complexa teia de relações humanas, num romance sobre a América contemporânea e os seus fantasmas....

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Sunset Park Reviews

  • Sawsan
    2018-12-22 22:19

    يجمع بول أوستر شخصيات روايته في بيت صنست بارك الخشبي في نيويوركيحكي في سرد هادئ عن الفقد والخسارة في الحياة بمختلف أشكالها المادية والمعنوية واختلاف طرق التعامل معها بين الهروب والمواجهة عدم منطقية الاختيارات وتناقض المشاعر واختلاف الرغبات والعلاقات خلال مراحل العمرالرواية مقسمة لفصول بأسماء الشخصيات فيها التفاصيل الحياتية, النفسية والعاطفية لكل منهمسرد متنوع ما بين إشارات الواقع وذكريات الماضي وملامح عن الرياضة والأدب والفنأسلوب أوستر ممتع وسلس كالعادة لكنه مُطول بالتفاصيل في بعض أجزاء

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2018-12-24 18:26

    Onvan : Sunset Park - Nevisande : Paul Auster - ISBN : 805092862 - ISBN13 : 9780805092868 - Dar 308 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2010

  • Lisa
    2019-01-10 22:25

    SPOILER ALERT: Is it just me, or did Paul Auster write two thirds of a book? He's created a more populous novel than usual, and manages to supply satisfying narrative arcs for the majority of those characters. I wonder if he found such atypical conventionality alarming, for he certainly shied away providing any such satisfying resolution for his main character, Miles. Miles has spent his entire adult life running away from the fatal consequences of an impulsive shove during what ought to have been an ordinary argument between stepbrothers. After years of doing the penance of an itinerant lifestyle, Miles finally appears ready to heal; he finds love and seeks reconciliation with his long estranged family. When an entirely optional, seemingly inevitable confrontation with the police arises, he takes another impulsive swing, which threatens to destroy all. I can't help but think this is the juncture where a writer like Dostoevsky would have rolled up his sleeves and gotten to work. Auster is too cool a customer for that. He merely nods in the direction of his character coming to terms with the consequences of his temper, and leaves it at that.

  • StevenGodin
    2018-12-17 15:23

    As with most of Paul Auster's novels, he glitters and glides beneath the surface of the text, mixing the obscure with the dazzling, here with Sunset Park, although it may read like Auster, it also doesn't.The protagonist, 27 year old Miles Heller has abandoned his well-connected New York family and gone into the wilderness to deal with the death of his stepbrother Bobby who died in a car accident, Miles overcome with grief and guilt, believes he was the cause of it, but this he never reveals to his father, who runs a publishing firm, his estranged actress mother, or Bobby’s real mother. He finds salvation in Florida working as a house clearer, and has a fascination with taking photos of abandoned things. By chance he meets a younger girl in a park – they’re both reading The Great Gatsby, and begin a risky relationship. Auster, whose plots are usually compelling, seems to have mislaid his sense of drive in terms of storytelling here, the narrative ebbs and flows sublimely, but never really takes hold like some other of his novels, by his standards Sunset Park reads pretty normal. There are long passages of workmanlike prose: “Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday she takes the subway into Manhattan and goes to her part-time job at the PEN American Center at 588 Broadway, just south of Houston Street. She started working there last summer…” And so on.Circumstances force Miles to flee again, this time back to New York, where he and girlfriend end up sharing a squat in the Sunset Park area with his old pal Bing, and a sexually frustrated artist called Ellen.The narrative unexpectedly widens and we are given long sections from the point of view of each of these characters, creating an intimate viewpoint of their shared and cramped existence. The second half of the novel is far more heartfelt, with Miles aware he must re-establish contact with his estranged family and confront his past, but he isn't the only one with problems.What's great about Sunset Park is there are no minor characters in Auster's world, everyone else has a rich, complicated inner life of their own, and when the mother and father of Miles start to enter the story, your mindset switches over to them, leading to some poignant moments towards the end.Overall there isn't the substance of previous work, however, it's uncluttered approach still makes for a compulsive read, driven by Auster's incongruous, infectious and sheer damned interest in his subject matter. 4/5

  • Meegan McCorkle
    2019-01-11 17:45

    I understand all of the praise for Paul Auster. Beautiful writing, well-drawn characters. Definitely told from a male perspective; I have a hard time falling for the romance of baseball history, and felt like Ellen's extreme sexual fascination was male fantasy rather than reality. But I found myself very compelled by the characters. I wanted to know how they would come through it all. Morris was definitely the most sympathetic character for me; a very decent man, torn between forgiving his son, and fearing that by doing so, he would put his marriage at risk. His son, Miles, was also a fascinating protoganist: a young man who has gone off the rails, but is at heart, a good person, who is poised to get his life back on track. I thought Auster's portrayal of the impact of the economic crisis was very well done. He offers an unflinching look at an economy that pushes a group of young people to act as modern outlaws with their risky plan to squat in an abandoned house. As a passionate reader, I loved the writing about publishing, the work the PEN does to try to protect writers, and Miles love for literature. But, I was so disappointed in the ending. It felt too sudden and far too hopeless. I didn't need complete resolution, but I felt so frustrated that all of the progress the characters made was instantly reversed. Kind of a "why bother?" conclusion. I liked Auster's theme about wounds being a part of becoming a mature adult. But I hate the idea of his characters giving up because of their wounds.

  • Heba
    2019-01-02 15:38

    مخيبة جدا لتوقعاتى :/:/وكم افتقدت هنا ما اعتدت قراءته لأسلوب الكاتب "بول استر" الأدبي اتمنى ان يكون الحال افضل القراءة المقبلة له

  • Araz Goran
    2019-01-13 18:32

    كم هو مخيب أن تقرأ لأوستر رواية بهذا السوء, ندمت على قرائتها فعلاً وأتمنى أن أعود للقراءة لأوستر في أقرب وقت مع رواية أفضل

  • Mohammad Ali
    2018-12-24 22:36

    داستان به نظرم جالب بود و انسانی - انسانی به همه ی معانی کلمه هم عاطفی، هم اقتصادی، هم جسمانی. البته جزو بهترین هایی نیست که از استر خوندم اما به نظرم به خوندنش می ارزه. اگه ترجمه اش خوب بود سه ستاره و نیم بهش می دادمترجمهبعد از بخور و نمیر و سفر در اتاق تحریر این سومین کتابی بود که با ترجمه ی مهسا ملک مرزبان می خوندم. ذیل او دوتا کتاب تجربه ی نه چندان خوبی رو که از این مترجم داشتم بیان کردم. این کتاب هم مثل همونا است. قطعا نیاز به ویرایش داره اما اکثر جاها متن فارسی روونه. مترجم تذکر داده که نقطه گذاری نویسنده رو رعایت کرده اما به نظرم این ترجمه هنوز به اون سطح نرسیده که دغدغه ی نقطه گذاری بخواد واسش مطرح بشهسوای اشکالات ترجمه دو موضوع منو آزار می ده: یکی بی توجهی مترجم به توضیح دادن اشارات فرهنگیه - همه رو همینجوری ترجمه یا بازنویسی کرده بی هیچ دغدغه ای برای خواننده ی فارسی زبان - و دیگری سانسورهای هردنبیلی - یعنی یه چیزی رو می تونسته با تغییر بیاره ولی نیاورده اما یه جای دیگه بدتر از اونو ترجمه کرده (یه خودسانسوری تلخ و بی قاعده ای داره). خلاصه اینکه کتابو گذاشته جلوشو تا ته رفته و واسه اینکه به مشکل نخوره توضیحو بی خیال شده و بخش های نامناسب احتمالیو ماس مالی کرده. اشتباهاتشو در ترجمه بعضا مشخص کردم اما دیگه حوصله ی ذکرشو ندارم - به قول نشریات جزئیات ایرادها در نزد نویسنده ی نقد موجودهسانسورهاآلیس در موسسه ی پن برای کمک به نویسندگان در خطر فعالیت می کنه و واقعه ی سلمان رشدی از نقاط عطف زندگیشه - چند بند مربوط به این مطلب حذف شده (البته در رفتاری عجیب مترجم چند جمله ای از بخش محذوف را چندین صفحه بعد در جایی دیگر آورده). الن نقاشی برهنه می کشه و مدتی که رابطه ای نداره نیازای بدنیش خیلی جدی شده - عمده ی مطالب مربوط به این موضوع در حد اشاره ترجمه شده اند. بینگ در اواخر داستان شک می کنه نکنه همجنسگرا باشه - خاطره اش از سفرش با مایلز و برخی اشارات به این موضوع حذف شده ان. و اینجا و اونجا هم حذفیاتی وجود دارن. احتمالا در کل کتاب یه ده بیست صفحه ای حذف شده

  • Anna
    2019-01-15 22:38

    Παράξενο βιβλίο… Έντονο και συναρπαστικό που δεν το αφήνεις από τα χέρια σου λένε οι κριτικές στο οπισθόφυλλο, καθώς και πως ο Auster έχει έμφυτο το χάρισμα της αφήγησης. Δεν θα μπορούσα να συμφωνήσω περισσότερο με αυτά. Δυσάρεστο βιβλίο… Αναφέρεται σε αληθινούς ανθρώπους της γενιάς μας, που αντιμετωπίζουν πολλά οικονομικά και προσωπικά προβλήματα στην αναζήτηση του εαυτού τους. Νομίζω ότι ταυτίστηκα με τους περισσότερους από αυτούς σε συγκεκριμένα σημεία και πιστεύω πως – εντάξει, δεν νομίζω να είχα το στομάχι να γίνω καταληψίας – σίγουρα αν ζούσα στην Αμερική θα πέρναγα κι εγώ από δουλειές σαν αυτές που κάνουν οι πρωταγωνιστές μας: κακοπληρωμένες, χωρίς νόημα και ανειδίκευτες, κάπως σαν ισοδύναμο του να γίνεις σερβιτόρος στην Ελλάδα δηλαδή. Ταυτόχρονα ήταν ένα αληθινό βιβλίο. Οι ήρωες, νεαροί ενήλικες που θα έπρεπε να έχουν κατασταλάξει στο τι θέλουν από τη ζωή τους, ενώ οι συνομήλικοί τους είναι παντρεμένοι με υποθήκη, κερδοφόρα δουλειά, παιδιά και συνταξιοδοτικό πλάνο, αυτοί επιμένουν να κυνηγούν τα όνειρά τους, την κατάθλιψή τους, να γνωρίσουν τον εαυτό τους και τα θέλω τους. Κεντρικός ήρωας παρουσιάζεται ο Μάιλς, ο οποίος επιστρέφει στην πόλη του μετά από 7 χρόνια αυτοεξορίας, τιμωρώντας τον εαυτό του, φορτώνοντάς τον τύψεις για ένα ατυχές περιστατικό που είχε συμβεί. Η ιστορία του Μάιλς, αφηγούμενη και από τη σκοπιά των γονιών του, αναδεικνύει το ζήτημα της επιστροφής του «άσωτου υιού» και τον τρόπο υποδοχής του. Το βιβλίο είναι απόλυτα ειλικρινές, αποκαλύπτοντας όλα τα συναισθήματα των ηρώων του. Δεν έχω διαβάσει άλλο βιβλίο του συγγραφέα, η αφήγησή του πάντως πράγματι είναι έντονη, συναρπαστική, σαν να ακούς ένα εξαιρετικό παραμυθά να μιλάει – μόνο που αυτά που λέει απέχουν πολύ από παραμύθια. Λόγω του βιβλίου κόντεψα τη Δευτέρα να τρακάρω 3 φορές από την αϋπνία πηγαίνοντας στη δουλειά, και σήμερα (Τρίτη) ξύπνησα από τις 7 για να είμαι συνεπής σε αυτά που έπρεπε να ετοιμάσω για τη δουλειά μου. Αύριο (Τετάρτη) επίσης με περιμένει πολύ πρωινό ξύπνημα, την έκανα και στα βιαστικά κάποια στιγμή το μεσημέρι για να διαβάσω κάποιες σελίδες ακόμα… Δεν ήταν ότι είχα αγωνία για την εξέλιξη της υπόθεσης, ούτε είχε ο συγγραφέας να το πάει κάπου… Απλά όλοι οι ήρωες έμοιαζαν σαν να είναι φιλαράκια μου που ήθελα να τους ακούσω… είχα καιρό να βρω τόση αμεσότητα ηρώων σε ένα βιβλίο (είναι βέβαια θα μου πείτε που όλοι οι 30 συν – πλην που έχουμε παραμείνει στην Ελλάδα ψαχνόμαστε τι στην ευχή κάνουμε με τις δουλειές μας και τι ονειρευόμασταν κάποτε. Καταλήψεις πάντως δεν έχουμε κάνει ακόμα, η ΥΦΑΝΕΤ και το εργοστάσιο ΑΛΑΤΙΝΗ παραμένουν στα χέρια των παραδοσιακών αναρχικών!)

  • Ahmed
    2018-12-21 17:47

    صانست بارك.....بول أوسترما الذي جرى في المجتمع الأمريكي إبان أزمته الاقتصادية الطاحنة في 2008، كيف تركوا بيوتهم وطردوا منها، وكيف خلخلت تلك الأزمة مبادئ عدة عندهم؟ كل ذلك وأكثر يكشفه لنا بول أوستر بتقنيته المحترفة في الكتابة.

  • Tosh
    2018-12-24 17:29

    At the best times it is hard to put down a Paul Auster novel. He's a writer who writes for his readers. A goes to B and that will eventually come to C. My problem with his work is that I can picture the outline or map while reading his works. The early Paul Auster I love, and its cool that he uses his home base Brooklyn as a guide or representation in his later novels, but then again, a lot of his work is like a math proposition. And although I don't put the book down, I could easily do so as well. Because I just don't care. And that sort of pains me with respect to Paul Auster, because I admire him for his taste (I love his translations of French poetry), and he's an interesting writer to a point, but.....He churns so much books out now, and his last one "Invisible" is a novel i enjoyed very much. Maybe because it reminded me of a Patricia Highsmith yarn - but it jelled for me. "Sunset Park" is neither horrible or decent - it's just there. And there are so many more important books to read, you don't want to spend time with something that is ....just there on your table or book case.There is no doubt in my mind that Auster will come up again with a winner, but till then...

  • James
    2018-12-22 22:27

    Miles Heller is a one-man gloomfest. He’s haunted by the death of his stepbrother, estranged from his family and facing blackmail for conducting an under-age relationship. The 28 year-old flees Florida for a Brooklyn squat. There he joins a bunch of flatmates, each with their own personal raincloud: Bing is sexually confused, Ellen sex-starved, Alice in a dying relationship. Depression, suicide, infidelity, abortion and chlamydia all feature in a book that takes the 2008 economic crisis as its backdrop. Punctuated by rare moments of tenderness, Heller’s sorry story continues as he makes the transition from emptying repossessed properties to living in one. The sadness permeating his life, and those around him, should touch the reader. But because the story is narrated in a cool, detached voice, it's hard to feel sorry, to feel anything, for the book’s damaged characters. All of which might have been defensible were it not for the dismal conclusion. Sunset Park doesn’t so much draw to a close as screech to a standstill. It’s a story with a beginning, a middle and a gaping hole where the end should be. In a book groaning with glumness, the last page is the grimmest part of all.

  • Janet
    2019-01-01 16:33

    An odd book. What begins as the story of a young drifter, Miles Heller, estranged from his family in New York and working as a 'trash out' man, cleaning up after housing repossessions during the financial collapse of 2008, in love with a brilliant underage Cuban-American girl with whom he lives and wants to marry as soon as she comes of age, becomes something different when circumstances cause him to flee Florida (the threat of arrest), and return to New York to live with his old friend Bing, who has invited Miles to join him at a squat/commune he has fashioned in downtrodden Sunset Park area of Brooklyn.The book then reveals its true form, a series of interlocked character studies, as each character is developed in beautiful, brilliant, engaging, richly textured point of view chapters. There's Miles's publisher father, Morris,loving, literary, long-suffering, his actress mother--who abandoned father and son when Miles was a baby, but has continued to have a complicated relationship with her son. there's Bing himself, hopelessly optimistic, who runs the Hospital for Broken Things, which is a great metaphor for the house at Sunset Park in general. There are the other residents, Alice, the doctoral student (in literature, naturally), and Ellen, the realtor and artiest, the most emotionally fragile of the characters. I loved it as I was reading it, right up until the last chapter, but kept wondering, seeing the small size of the book, how in the world he was going to pull it all this together. It all kind of collapsed for me at the end- and yet, the ride was exquisite and I'm glad I read it. It was my first Auster, and I know I'll start exploring the rest of his work.

  • Jill
    2019-01-02 19:37

    Paul Auster is one of my favorite writers; always able to paint his characters with taut, finely-detailed, yet propulsive brush strokes. And in Sunset Park, he does not disappoint.This novel is less postmodern than his recent book Invisible. It focuses on debris: physical debris from trashed-out foreclosed homes in Florida that Miles Heller, a Brown University drop-out, rescues through his camera. And mental debris that Miles wrestles with after a spontaneous action on his part results in an accidental death, causing him to run from his New York family and live in self-imposed exile.Eventually, we will meet the other characters: four flat-broke twentysomethings who are searching for their more authentic selves, illegally squatting in an abandoned house in Sunset Park in Brooklyn. And we will meet Morris Heller, Miles’ father, the “Can Man” and an independent publisher, who has never quite given up that his son will eventually find his way back home. The fractured narrative, told sequentially in the third-person POV, weaves together a number of elements: baseball trivia including the economic recession foreclosure crisis, Jack Lohrke (“Lucky”) who cheated death repeatedly until the very end, William Wyler’s 1946 coming-home classic The Best Years of Our Lives, the demise of the literary publishing houses, and the Hospital of Broken Things, which repairs artifacts of a world that once was. The themes that Auster has explored in the past – art, rebellion, and soltitude – are all here again, this time dealt with directly and swiftly.These disparate elements all come together in an ending that took my breath away. In essence, Auster is asking: “Is luck random or is it within our control? How much responsibility can we take for occurrences? Is it worth hoping for a future when there is no future? Should we live for the passing moment or take the big picture into consideration? These questions will have you ruminating long after you read the last pages.

  • Raimund
    2018-12-30 17:18

    The book is a very accurate depiction of the social decay in contemporary American society. The young adult characters are faced with important decisions for their lives, but they are unable to make good decisions because nothing much of real value has been passed on to them from their parents. They end up squatting in an abandoned house.Their squatting is more than literal. It is also spiritual and emotional as their lives are constantly falling apart right before their eyes.Its a sad story in a way and there is no happy ending, no super-hero coming to the rescue. Yet, despite all the sadness and decay, the author retains a glimmer of hope in the character’s lives. The young must move on with their lives and place some faith in the future, even though their present condition gives them no reason for a better future.Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy said that in the social context, “Decadence means to be unable to reach the future, in body mind or soul. The decadence of an older generation condemns the younger generation to barbarism. Decadence of parents leaves children without heritage.” (Speech and Reality, 1970). Sunset Park is the continual cry of despair of a morally and economically abandoned young generation living among us. The book should be a wake-up call to all parents to not leave their children’s emotional and spiritual development to whatever influences may happen to come upon them out there.

  • LW
    2019-01-02 22:23

    Le ferite sono una parte essenziale della vita, e finché non sei stato ferito in qualche modo, non puoi diventare un uomoIl caso (o il destino? )Una curva della stradaFerite che non si rimarginanoLa fuga dalla propria vitaun feroce ritirarsi in se stessiaccontentarsi di sopravvivere, smussando i propri desideri fino ad una quota prossima allo zero assolutoIncontri improbabiliLa ragazza sul prato che sta leggendo Il grande Gatsby,la tua stessa edizione tascabileCazzotti imprevistiUn amico fissato con l'aggiustare (tutte) le cose rottePensieri scucitiAbbracci che ti fanno sentire a casaIl prezzo dell'impulsivitàD'ora in poi, si dice,non spererà più in niente e vivrà solo per questo, questo momento, questo momento che passa, l'adesso che è qui e poi non è qui, l'adesso che se n'è andato per sempre.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------PS. tornando a casa ho ascoltato un pezzo ,oh, potrebbe benissimo averlo scritto Miles (e il batterista ci sarebbe pure a Sunset Park ,il primario dell'Ospedale delle cose rotte :) )eccolo Back the River"Ho provato a tenerti vicino a me ma la vita si è messa in mezzoho provato a fare in modo di non essere làma credo che avrei dovuto esserci "

  • Βεατρίκη Π.
    2019-01-04 22:33

    3,5/5.Οι σελίδες έφευγαν αβίαστα, ο Όστερ είναι εθιστικός. Το βιβλίο αρκετά στενάχωρο. Όσο το διάβαζα σκέφτηκα αρκετές φορές πως η ιστορία αυτή θα μπορούσε να διαδραματιστεί άνετα στην Ελλάδα της κρίσης, τόσο επίκαιρο. Και με έβαλε σε πολλές σκέψεις... Πρώτη μου επαφή με τον συγγραφέα, σίγουρα θα τον τιμήσω ξανά πολύ σύντομα.

  • Elina
    2018-12-23 18:48

    Ένα καταπληκτικό ανάγνωσμα, με απόλυτα δεμένους χαρακτήρες που οδηγούν ομαλά την ροή της ιστορίας σε απίστευτη κορύφωση. Ο συγγραφέας πλάθει με απόλυτη αληθοφάνεια τον κάθε χαρακτήρα ξεχωριστά. Ο στόχος του μυθιστορήματος είναι να αναδείξει την εφηβική ψυχή και πως αυτή επηρεάζεται και καθοδηγείται από τυχαία και λιγότερα τυχαία γεγονότα. Μου φάνηκε πολύ καλοδουλεμένο βιβλίο. Στα μείον του ίσως το γεγονός ότι δεν υπήρχε από ένα σημείο και έπειτα κάτι εξαιρετικό στην πλοκή όμως το ψυχογράφημα του κάθε προσώπου όπως στηνόταν σιγά σιγά σε κάθε κεφάλαιο, προσωπικά με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα και μου έδωσε τροφή για σκέψη.

  • José Manuel
    2018-12-21 20:28

    Novelón sin duda alguna, hay libros que vienen en un momento perfecto y éste ha sido uno de ellos. Novela de personajes, de vidas, de relaciones, sin fuegos ni giros espectaculares, pero cada cosa en su sitio. Genial sin más.

  • Kyle Warren
    2018-12-17 19:39

    It is fitting that a primary theme in Auster's oeuvre is coincidence and its implications, because I believe it to be no mere coincidence that I have found myself utterly infatuated with his work and especially with this novel. I was first introduced to Auster last year before "Invisible" came out. I saw a copy of the galley in the break room, never heard of the author at all nor had any knowledge on the novel, but was curiously interested for a reason I still cannot bring to mind. There may not have been a reason at all - it merely seemed to happen, and it happened because I was meant to read Paul Auster. His voice speaks to me on many levels - the kind of narration and style that literally attaches itself to your very essence and soul and being. I became so personally invested in the collection of characters as well as the very contemporary setting in "Sunset Park". I could have continued to read and read and read because I felt like each character in the novel in some way; everyone possessed within themselves a part of me, but not just a part of me, a part of our generation, the turmoil and paradoxical struggle of making ends meet versus the possession of happiness and fulfilling dreams and goals, living in a society that prides itself on opportunity that refuses to admit no longer exists, or at least is near impossible to achieve.Since I am nearly orgasming from the profundity of this novel and its direct impact on my soul, I will provide a synopsis, as I see it, and be done with it, because it is very late: the story (or should I say depiction of pure reality) takes place at the end of 2008 merging into 2009; the economic collapse lingers throughout like a ghost, haunting, instilling fear and paranoia, refusing to and being incapable of moving on. The central character is Miles Heller, whose work for a real estate corporation has him "trashing-out" the homes struck by eviction; he is meant to empty houses now owned by banks but instead of using this as an opportunity to loot and steal (like his coworkers) he simply photographs everything, attempting to make tangible the invisible despair and failure he is surrounded by, something that he is also fleeing from personally (but that is something you'll have to find out about on your own). I said that he is the central character because he is literally the nucleus, but the electrons are equally as useful and significant, and the nucleus would just be nothing without them. After having abandoned New York, being his home and his family and his true true essence, for almost 7 years, he finds himself propelled back to confront his past; he and three others that also face similar struggles in personal identity, failure and hardships squat in an abandoned shack located in Sunset Park in Brooklyn where they are openly evading the government, taking advantage of the fact that this property has been overlooked and that the electricity, heat, water, etc are all running. Combine this with intense family history and drama, a narrative that jumps from character to character, philosophical digressions on baseball, sex, economics, etc, characters that are so real it might be based on yourself, a voice that just comforts you in its honesty and realness, and you have a fraction of what is awesome about this novel.

  • Oscar
    2019-01-06 17:39

    Con 'Sunset Park', Paul Auster deja a un lado la metaliteratura y los relatos dentro de relatos para contarnos una historia más cercana a la actual crisis que estamos viviendo. El protagonista es Miles Heller, de veintiocho años, que un buen día de hace ocho años, lo dejó todo, la universidad donde sacaba excelentes notas y que le auspiciaba un gran futuro, y su familia, algo atípica, pero con la se llevaba bien. Miles vivía con su padre, Morris, con su madrastra Willa y con su hermanastro Bobby. Pero un accidente truncó su vida en cierto momento y lo dejó todo, cortando los lazos con la que era su vida, intentado olvidar, y trabajando en lo que salía.Ahora, a los veintiocho años, su vida vuelve a dar un giro inesperado al conocer a Pilar, una chica de diecisiete años de la que se enamora inmediatamente. Pero está el problema de la edad, ya que ella todavía es una menor. Tras ciertos problemas con la familia de Pilar, Miles decide aceptar la oferta de su viejo amigo Bing Nathan, el único contacto que mantiene con su pasado, de volver a Nueva York y vivir de okupa en una casa abandonada de Sunset Park. Aunque le resulte difícil volver a Nueva York, donde viven sus padres, no tiene más remedio que hacer frente a su pasado.Aunque Miles Heller es el protagonista principal de la novela, Auster da voz a más personajes, como son Morris Heller, el padre de Miles, que tiene una pequeña editorial que no pasa un buen momento, pero que sigue con su espíritu de editar sólo buenos libros; Mary-Lee Swann, la madre de Miles, una actriz famosa que está a punto de estrenar una obra de Beckett en el teatro; Bing Nathan, el curioso amigo de Miles, que ha fundado un local en el que reparar objetos que se han quedado anticuados, como máquinas de escribir; Alice Bergstrom, una de las okupas, que está terminando su tesis para obtener el doctorado, una tesis muy interesante sobre la antigua película 'Los mejores años de nuestra vida'; y Ellen Brice, la otra okupa, agente inmobiliaria y pintora ocasional, con sus propios fantasmas personales.La primera parte de la novela es excepcional, diría que de cinco estrellas, donde se nos da a conocer al Miles errabundo, el superviviente, que no desea poseer nada material ni gastar dinero en objetos inneceserios, a parte de en libros, que considera una necesidad. Después, en la segunda parte del libro, todo se vuelve más predecible y falto de interés, y la historia se va desinflando poco a poco. Y es una pena, porque al principio pensaba que estaba ante la que iba a ser otra obra fundamental en la bibliografía de Auster. Aunque es cierto que no existen los relatos dentro de relatos, sí hay pequeñas historias y anécdotas sobre béisbol, libros y películas que hacen recordar al viejo Auster.En definitiva, estamos ante un buena novela, no de lo mejor de Auster, pero que no debe dejar de leer todo aquél que al que le guste este autor.

  • Beni Morse
    2019-01-08 23:31

    "His father wasn't one of those warmhearted buddy fathers who thought his son should be his best pal, he was simply a man who felt responsible for his wife and children, a quiet, even tempered man...."Sunset Park’s main character is Miles Heller, who abandons his arty and successful New York family and ‘disappears’ to deal with his grief and guilt. He believes he was the cause of the death of his stepbrother in a car accident. Intertextuality kicks in here - The Great Gatsby has a car accident, when Daisy kills Myrtle. As the novel proceeds, the Gatsby resonances continue. As Miles runs from bum job to bum job he meets a much younger girl in a park – they’re both reading The Great Gatsby. The novels main plot strand is about how this relationship with the girl helps him gain redemption and renew the relationship with his estranged father.Another layer of references clusters around the film The Best Years of Our Lives, which I have never seen – it’s about a group of soldiers returning to their homes after the Second World War. One of the characters is studying it for her PhD and the film’s portrayal of ex-soldiers attempting to re-establish father son relationships frames Miles’ story.The reviews gave Sunset Park a panning – they thought the coincidences were over-played, some of the prose is no better than workmanlike, that it is too slight to deal with any of the characters or themes in enough depth, or that he [Auster] is too old to portray the younger characters convincingly. But I liked it. It is a novel about the difficulty of finding redemption in a world defined by loss. There are moments of intensity, beauty even. Although it may be slight, Auster can bring to life a character within very little space and the other characters lives and troubles these are fleeting, bright flashes, like goldfish in a murky pond. It’s a great book about father-son relationships, how they bond through talking sport (the book is peppered with baseball stories) because sport is a ‘wholly neutral subject, safe ground as it were...’. I also liked the way it takes the economic crisis [2008-present] as background and deals as it unfolds with sub-prime mortgage crisis; the effects of the crisis not just on the poor but on the nation’s psyche; the shabby treatment of part-time university teachers; and the impact of the crisis on publishing. So to hell with the reviews. Read it anyway. As Miles’ publisher father says [of himself]: “No doubt you are a sentimental old fool a man out of step with the times, but you enjoy swimming against the current.....”

  • Hameed Younis
    2019-01-11 22:31

    ذكرتني هذه الرواية بمقولة فوكنر"إنهم يكتبون كتابة جيدة غير أنه ليس لديهم ما يقولونه" ، نعم... لم يكن لديّ شك في ان بول اوستر سيقدم رائعة اخرى مليئة بالسحر والسوريالية والجاذبية الادبية... لكن هيهات، انه مجرد عمل سردي لبناء شخصيات بالكاد تتصارع او تتشابك فيما بينها.معضلة هذه الرواية انها محشورة في زاوية الكتابة الجيدة وانتقاء اللغة الشعرية الجذابة على حساب المعنى والمضمون المبني على تفاهة القصة والمعالجة النجمتين لسامر ابو هواش حقيقة الامر

  • Marie
    2018-12-21 17:20

    The one star is for the goodreads description "I didn't like it" as opposed to goodreads 2 stars of it was ok. It wasn't ok.. but I offered it 2 stars on the blog for "Some folks may like it". Diplomatic me.This is one of those books that I had seen generating some buzz in bookish newsletters, and was surprised to learn that the author has quite a collection of published works. Before I started reading Sunset Park, I saw that there were four and five star ratings for Auster's newest novel, which is always a happy sign of good things to come, although 'happy' certainly would not be the right term for it given the theme of the novel. I normally stay within the confines of historical fiction, but every once in awhile I enjoy a piece of contemporary work to take a break from my regular reads.Americans today are not the same happy Americans of a few decades ago; there are many of us who have become economically challenged through no real fault of our own. Yes, I am one of them, which is why I was initially drawn to the plot when the galley was being offered. It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and you either have money or don't. Paul Auster's story focuses on some individuals who don't have money, although the first character he introduced comes from a wealthy family but chooses not to divulge that fact to his girlfriend. Miles Heller is the central character that connects the other characters the author creates, and Miles is the one character that I did not despise. His father is pretty cool, even though Miles had exited from his life for the last seven and a half years. The storyline about Miles' and his family issues was what pulled me into the novel and begged me to keep going, no matter how vexed I became.The synopsis begins with the description as being "luminous". I would replace that with something like sad, broken, damaged, or dark. And as far as "emotional tour de force": it evoked emotions from me once, when a family friend died late in 2008 in the novel and there was a phrase that mentioned there were many deaths that year. My own father was one of them, and so my grief was lit a bit more at that point in the novel. Not incredibly enlightening, not moving, but depressing is the storyline of the group of have-nots who live rent-free at an abandoned house in Sunset Park, New York, just waiting for the authorities to kick them out. The writing itself was the main draw to the novel for me: it wasn't like I really wanted to immerse myself in my fellow poor Americans hardships, but the way Auster created the flow of the story and each character with deceiving clarity made it seem not quite like a novel but more of a bit of a creative thesis on the current events of America. He has a way with words making small statements with them that actually speak volumes, although more masculine nuances emanated, which tend to annoy this female reader when they are overly present.I was intrigued by the details of the interests of the characters, such as publishing, artistic endeavors and baseball statistics. But halfway through the book the monotonous stream of consciousness style of writing began to gnaw on my nerves, and some of the overly-cerebral descriptions of things began to irritate as well, which were at first pleasantly entertaining miscellaneous details. One character was studying the film The Best Years of Our Lives, which then became pages and pages of commentary within the novel and.. well, ... snore... (but I think that perhaps there might be a jump in online searches for that very film due to its many mentions in Auster's novel). There were sexual themes throughout the young characters, which is expected, but I am a prude. I like romance and love themes to be included if there is an abundant sex life. I must be asking for too much.Another peeve was the fact that there were many conversations throughout the novel that were just too good to be punctuated with quotation marks was exasperating. Thumbing through again, and not a quotation mark to be found. And when I finally did reach the end of the story.. what a horrific spot to end the freaking story... boy, was I ticked off! What a waste of my time. It strikes me that I'll have to read Franzen's Freedom, or perhaps Corrections, and see how they compare as they follow the same premise, but it won't be too soon. Basically, I felt this was one writer's round about psychological analysis of why America sucks today as we know it, and that's just not my cup of tea. I must not be one of those intelligent cerebral types, and this is a rare departure from my comfortable historical reads. Given his track record, there's no doubt that Paul Auster is a talented, intelligent writer, but the storytelling part and his job to enlighten and/or to entertain this particular reader failed. Frankly, I prefer other genres of books that bring me to another place and another time in order to escape my everyday reality of small horrors such as financial hardship and dysfunctional families. Given the fact that there are others out there who adored this book, I must humbly accept the fact I am a nerd. It is at this point that I am proud to say I love historical fiction so much that perhaps I should never stray from it again (unless it's a historical non-fiction work).

    2019-01-14 21:23

    the translation is very bad.

  • Diaa Jubaili
    2019-01-07 23:20

    لو عمد أحد الباحثين عن عيوب بول أوستر، أو اقحاماته التي يجبر القارئ على قراءتها، مثل ولعه بالبيسبول وأفلام الأيام الخوالي كما يسميها، أفلام ما بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية خصوصاً، لجمع منها كتاباً صغيراً يمكن عنونته بـ " ما لا يُحتمل في روايات أوستر ! " لكن، والحق يقال، الرواية، رغم هذياناتها التي اتسمت بها روايات الجيل الضائع في أمريكا كما يُطلق عليه، وروايات أسلوب الواقعية القذرة، ممتعة، وفيها الكثير مما أخفاه أوستر عن قرائه في رواياته السابقة. واقعية نقدية صارمة، وفي إحدى الشخصيات ( دائما ما أنسى اسماء شخصيات أوستر ) يمكن العثور على شيء من أوستر نفسه، زهده في التقنيات الجديدة والتكنولوجيا الحديثة والميديا وغيرها. واقعية نقدية أو هذا على الأقل ما يمكن أن تُصنف به الرواية. وكان المهم بالنسبة لي ألا يعود أوستر إلى ما بعد حداثية بعض رواياته. وهذا ما جعلني أُعجب بالرواية، لكن ليس إلى الحد الذي يمكن أن يُمنح من خلاله نجوماً كاملة ..

  • Ignatius Vonnegut
    2018-12-24 22:32

    Paul has had his peak a long long long time ago. I salute his gifts to a period in life when forming one part of myself. For me, he's on my top-10 favourite writers.Snuset Park may reach top-10 on his own list. I'm thankful that the obligatory episodes on baseball are few. This one tries to pinpoint many characters in their main traumas, but I even prefer 4321 when it was 4 persons in one with different traumas or main life events. Paul is trying his ideas to hard and forgets the flow in the story these days.Ranking Paul Auster:1. N.Y Triology2. Leviathan3. Moonpalace4. The Book of Illusions5. Mr. Vertigo6. The Music of Chance7. 43218. Invisible9. In the Country of Lost Things10. Timbuktu11. Man in the Dark13. The Brooklyn Follies

  • Madalina Badin
    2019-01-08 17:19

    O carte foarte frumoasă, recomand!😍

  • Shane
    2018-12-24 19:25

    A story told mostly in flashback and occurring mainly in the minds of the characters is not an engaging one, even though the characters and their individual circumstances may be. I was disappointed in the way Paul Auster chose to “tell” this story.The main story line hovers around a son – parent estrangement that occurs around the accidental death of a sibling. Miles the son, believing he was responsible for his step brother’s death, quits college and drifts between various dead-end jobs to end up in Florida and fall in love with an underage orphan. His father, Morris, a publisher in New York, in battling to keep his second marriage intact after having had an impulsive one night stand with a colleague. Miles is forced to end his seven-year drift when his lover’s sister threatens to have him jailed for having sex with a minor. He heads back to New York and takes up abode with lifelong friend Bing. Bing and his band of twenty somethings are squatting in a house left vacant in the aftermath of the financial crash of 2008. Predictably, squatters end up being evicted and the interplay of the characters’ ruminations on their lives play out until that inevitability occurs.These are interesting people. Miles is a small publisher of serious literature and has a stable of loyal and famous writers. His ex-wife (Miles’s mother) is an actress who has re-invented herself many times over, and his present wife is an academic. Bing is an amateur musician and works to restore artifacts of a certain vintage. Alice, one of the squatters, is writing her PhD and works for PEN and is engaged in promoting the cause of a jailed Chinese writer. Ellen, the other squatter, is a realtor and paints, specializing in nudes, preferably the nude portraits of the people close to her. The squatters resemble the Occupy Movement with jobs: protestors against the failed establishment, making it by their own rules. They are also lonely people, trapped in prisons of their making, repressed sexually, economically and professionally. Their sex lives are complicated, and I will not reveal too much in terms of their behaviour in this area, but it makes for amusing yet sympathetic reading. After a while, it becomes clear that all the squatters are in love with Miles, while he, blissfully unaware, pines for his girlfriend and can’t wait for her to come of age so that he can cohabit with her again, openly this time. Father and son bond through baseball talk and there is a lot of baseball stats here. Also lots of detail on Hollywood and a list of famous people buried at Green Wood Cemetary, Brooklyn – somewhat excessive, I thought. The lives of authors and publishers are dissected; actors and independent film makers also go under the microscope – interesting material to someone interested in these areas, but what good they do to advancing this novel is not clear. PEN gets a bit of advertorial too.There are interesting philosophical insights: “Until you are wounded, you cannot become a man,” “Baseball is a universe as large as life, all things tragic and comic fall within it,” and “there is always room in the brain for another story.”What disappointed me most was the narrative-heavy style. There is very little dialogue or forward movement as the story is backwards looking. The conclusion also failed to grip me. The fated re-unions of Miles with his father and his mother are mentioned in passing. And the last chapter reads like a summary, as if an impatient editor was requiring the author to limit his word count. And since little airtime is given to exploring the interactions of the denizens of the squat house, especially from Miles’s point of view, the final parting is rather flat despite some last minute pushing and shoving. On reflection, I realize why a story “shown,” especially one with such interesting characters and situations, can be far more satisfying than one that is “told” in driblets spilling from the minds of each of its characters.

  • Laura
    2019-01-03 16:37

    Auster on kyllä siitä mahtava kirjailija, että hänen kirjaansa saattaa lukea 99% koko ajan varmistuen vain ajatuksesta, että eipä nyt aivan ole minun kirjani, mutta luenpa loppuun, ja kun se loppu ja viimeinen puuttuva prosentti tulee, muutamalla vaivattomalla lauseella onnistutaan mitätöimään kaikki ajatellut ajatukset kirjan aiemman luvun aikana ja heitetään koko tarina täysin uuteen valoon. Sattumuksia Brooklynissa -romaanissa se onnistui niin, että kirja meni heittämällä vuoden parhaiksi, tämä ei ihan samaan yltänyt, vaikka hieno kokonaisuus lopulta olikin.