Divided into four parts, this supposedly non-fiction writer is as gripping and intriguing (if not more so) than his novels.
What Auster's fans and critic hail as 'the religion of chance' the followers of the New Age termed synchronicity.
It was a pity that the section devoted to interviews include only four, and all of them are materials I read before(I am not sure where though. The Art of hunger perhaps?) Still, rereading them provide insights into understanding Auster. I almost felt an ill-humored amusement when I read what Auster said in an interview, "...whenever I complete a book, I'm filled with a feeling of immense disgust and disappointment. It's almost a physical collapse. I'm so disappointed by my feeble efforts that I can't believe I've actually spent so much time and accompished so little. It takes years before I'm able to accept what I've done - to realize that this was the best I could do. But I never like to look at the things I've written." No wonder the ambiance of hurriedly truncation and abrupt termination at the end of most of his books. I doubted whether this was any legitimate observation on my part until I came upon this interview excerpt. Odd enough, it felt bizarrely comprehensible. I mean the physical collapse at the end of completion and self loathing and repulsion in rereading one's work