Report from the Interior

Report from the Interior Paul Auster s most intimate autobiographical work to dateIn the beginning everything was alive The smallest objects were endowed with beating hearts Having recalled his life through the story of his

  • Title: Report from the Interior
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • ISBN: 9780805098570
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Paul Auster s most intimate autobiographical work to dateIn the beginning, everything was alive The smallest objects were endowed with beating hearts .Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of hisPaul Auster s most intimate autobiographical work to dateIn the beginning, everything was alive The smallest objects were endowed with beating hearts .Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in Winter Journal, internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world in Report from the Interior.From his baby s eye view of the man in the moon, to his childhood worship of the movie cowboy Buster Crabbe, to the composition of his first poem at the age of nine, to his dawning awareness of the injustices of American life, Report from the Interior charts Auster s moral, political, and intellectual journey as he inches his way toward adulthood through the postwar 1950s and into the turbulent 1960s Auster evokes the sounds, smells, and tactile sensations that marked his early life and the many images that came at him, including moving images he adored cartoons, he was in love with films , until, at its unique climax, the book breaks away from prose into pure imagery The final section of Report from the Interior recapitulates the first three parts, told in an album of pictures At once a story of the times which makes it everyone s story and the story of the emerging consciousness of a renowned literary artist, this four part work answers the challenge of autobiography in ways rarely, if ever, seen before A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

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    1. (This review was originally written for and posted at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography's site. The book was a present from my in-laws, who clearly did not give it to me in exchange for a review.)I've not read anything by Paul Auster before, including his Winter Journal that's both a companion piece of sorts and predecessor to Report from the Interior. While the earlier work is an account of Auster's physical state, the title of this unconventional memoir is absolutely indicative [...]

    2. La última novela de Paul Auster, ‘Informe del interior’, es un libro de memorias en el que el autor norteamericano repasa algunos de los hechos que incidieron en su infancia, adolescencia y primera juventud. Paul Auster, en segunda persona, habla con el niño que fue, rescatando los momentos más divertidos, pero también los más dramáticos. De esta manera, asistimos a un ejercicio de honestidad por parte del escritor, que intenta desentrañar aquellos años, aderezados de pensamientos y [...]

    3. I had given up on Auster in recent years. The novels were becoming too repetitive in style and substance. (It pains me to say that, since I still think of The New York Trilogy all the time.) I picked this up when I saw it at the library for old times' sake and began it that day. The first two thirds are very good, and the middle third--where Auster describes two movies that affected him as a kid--is fantastic. Anyone who has ever been affected by a movie when he or she was a kid should read this [...]

    4. Upon finishing REPORT FROM THE INTERIOR, I said to my friend, "This is a strange, interesting book." I stand by that remark; Auster's newest memoir is definitely unusual. But above all things it is beautiful. I was captivated by Auster's odd mixtape of memories, his blunt honesty, his tenderness. His recollections of past anxieties, especially in passages recalling his early twenties, resonated with me (sometimes scarily - that was part of this memoir's effect). But INTERIOR is also incredibly c [...]

    5. I have never read anything like this. I had said that about Winter Journal some time ago. Now I say it about Report from the Interior, written by the same author. “Report from the Interior” is quite a deceptive title and yet only apt when you start reading the book and getting to know more about the content and what it is about. There are very few books that I can reread and this one is definitely one of them which I will go back to sometime. Perhaps, this year itself. “Report from the Int [...]

    6. This is rare for me. Most Auster books I've read (and I've read most Auster books) would get 3 stars or above. (Many would rate 4 stars.) So I was ready to love this, in it's Audible edition with Auster readingbut, it was fragmented and sometimes felt pointless. I really liked Winter Journal--this is meant to be a companion volume to that--but this didn't hold together as well from my perspective. The movie summaries were entertaining; the initial chapter, charting a young boy's thoughts and per [...]

    7. Non voglio ripetermi Potrei riscrivere esattamente la stessa recensione che per "diario d'inverno"; ma, contrariamente a Paul Auster, non voglio ripetermi!

    8. Whereas Winter Journal is a fascinating and unexpected exploration into what it's like to have an American BODY in the second half of the twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first, Report from the Interior is a disorganized and half-baked foray into memoir as an exploration of ego. Auster annoyingly writes in the second person in an attempt to universalize experiences that many members of his generation have had over the past seven decades or so. In other words, he doesn't do a [...]

    9. Me ha encantado. Descubrí a Auster hace tan sólo tres o cuatro años, pero es un autor que me encanta. Su estilo es sencillo, pero fascinante y su Informe del interior no podía ser diferente. Nos cuenta su infancia como creo que todos recordamos la nuestra, a gotitas. Quizás la parte que menos me ha gustado no, no puedo decir que no me haya gustado, pero cuando cuenta detalladamente las películas (El increíble hombre menguante y Soy un fugitivo) sentí que el ritmo que tenía hasta entonce [...]

    10. What a strange and captivating memoir. It can be divided in two parts, really, the first being a brief trip through Auster's earliest memories, a piecemeal and seemingly dreamlike wandering through his early formative impressions, which range from cartoon shows to Nazi Germany. It invites the reader to do the same- to collect the flashes of memory that are all that we have left of our early years and wonder why these are the moments we are left with. I remember certain hours, certain sentences p [...]

    11. A strange, uneven little piece that I nevertheless enjoyed reading. It feels more like a sketch, what with the sudden jump from boyhood-in-second-person to the epistolary university years, but somehow, reading about his French days, depressed and sick and poor, are evocative rather than boring (not something I can say about most musings of university students, my former know-it-all/impassioned self included). Auster has always been rather navel-gazey and pretentious (can you name another writer [...]

    12. I listened to this whole audiobook today while I was sick in bed. Was able to drift in and out of consciousness and still follow most of his meanderings.

    13. I've been very much in love with Auster's prose ever since I first took the plunge and read «Sunset Park», feeling it served as a perfect introduction to the author. In the meantime, I've read another half dozen of his novels, including «The New York Trilogy», «Men In The Dark», «Leviathan» and «Invisible». Even though there is obviously a running thread in terms of style, it never felt dull or repetitive. Auster's writing is some of the most fluid I've come across in years.When someon [...]

    14. My first Auster book was The Book of Illusions, which I picked up because another of my friends had loved it. One day, as I was at the library yet again to pick up my holds (including the aforementioned The Book of Illusions), I saw a stack of brand spanking new books on the counter, waiting to be checked in, and that is how I came across Report from the Interior. It wasn't until I got it home, and took a photo of my library haul for my online book club, that I realized I had picked up not one b [...]

    15. Part one (Report From The Interior) is an interesting attempt to recall Auster's life in the U.S. up to the age of 12 - as fascinating for what is forgotten than for what is remembered. The second part (Two Blows To The Head) consists of detailed descriptions of two movies that made a big impact on him as an adolescent - The Incredible Shrinking Man + I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang. At this point I might have given the book 3 or 4 stars but the tiresome & self indulgent third section (Tim [...]

    16. I only part that was kind of disappointing was the sudden finale, very much like a TV season ending cliff-hanger

    17. Un texto autobiográfico del autor más. Se podría decir que este libro es el complemento a "Diario de invierno", pues si en aquel hace reflexiones de su vida con una mentalidad de alguien que se aproxima a la vejez, en este libro lo que intenta es recordar acontecimientos de su vida, en particular de su infancia, y preguntarle a su niño interior sobre esos acontecimientos, y en vez de que la reflexión de los recuerdos sea el objetivo principal, aquí la descripción toma en centro. Pero por [...]

    18. Report from the interior is not a travelogue or tale of exploration like the title suggests. It is the story of a boy, probably Auster himself, growing up, so in that sense it is a Bildungsroman – but it is not a novel. In other words, the “interior” is Auster’s own interior, his own feelings and thoughts. It has the oddest point of view I have ever read, period: it is written in the 2nd person – “you” in other words. It’s like looking at someone from a distance, someone else, or [...]

    19. With the passing of Updike and apparent, though I do not believe it, retirement of Roth, Paul Auster could qualify, with Richard Ford, as the senior practicing master of the thinker's American novel. This is his most intimate autobiography to date. I will admit a bias!I have read most of his 16 or so novels and he is, in the eyes of many critics, established as the contemporary master of solitary consciousness. This can be traced back to his childhood and his parents loveless non-marriage, which [...]

    20. To begin, I have to say that I had a million of different opinions about this book and they all changed a lot while I was reading it. First, I absolutely loved the writing of Paul Auster. I'm very picky when I'm starting a book and I find it hard to connect with the mind of most writers but Auster was a "love at first sight", just like a coup de foudre. For me, Auster is undeniably a great writer. He expresses his ideas in a clear, but entertaining way, though in this particular narrative, the a [...]

    21. "Report from the Interior" meanders in a way I'm not sure is helpful -- The leapfrogging back and forth through time in the first third, the plodding of the middle third dedicated to Auster describing movies he likes (??) and the final third, a collection of letters from his youth (an interesting conceit but a less interesting read -- He just wasn't as good a writer back then!) I'm, perhaps, especially biased against the last third because it shared common ground with "Hand to Mouth," another Au [...]

    22. Maybe more like 3.5? I did really enjoy it-- I think it's really hard to make retelling your experience of a movie interesting to a third party, but Paul Auster does it twice, somehow. I feel like he captures a lot of the intensity that comes with childhood experience of formative media (intensity that maybe doesn't fade away when you experience new books/movies/music as a teenager, but changes and somehow doesn't feel quite as unrestrained) very accurately. I was completely engaged despite neve [...]

    23. Non so come mai sono arrivato cosi' tardi ad Auster, ma meglio cosi'. Non mi sono giocato subito i migliori. Questo per me e' in quel gruppo: uno dei migliori. Con un distinguo: la parte finale, di riscrittura (o di finta riscrittura, chissa'?) della "Capsula del tempo" mi è piaciuta meno. La scrittura piu' a scatti, giovanilistica, epistolare, non era nelle mie corde di inizio. La prima parte, quella relativa all'infanzia, mi e' invece garbata addirittura piu' del giusto. Quindi, subito in acq [...]

    24. I found this an interesting insight into a child's perspective on life in America. I particularly liked the film descriptions (they made me want to see these films). The correspondence was also interesting and how Auster reassesses himself later. His work is always well-written and different. I loved Moon Palace.

    25. Interesting. Nothing amazing here, but a compelling narrative of an older man looking back at the boy and young man he once was, looking back with curiosity, openness, and wonder, and addressing that younger self as 'you', an approach that in itself made it interesting.

    26. Ei ole mitään parempaa kuin olla kuusi vuotta vanha, kuusi on ihmisen paras ikä. Muistat ajatelleesi näin, yhtä selvästi kuin muistat mitä teit kolme sekuntia sitten; vaikka siitä aamusta on viisikymmentäyhdeksän vuotta, se hehkuu edelleen sisälläsi yhtä kirkkaana kuin mikä tahansa niistä tuhansista tai miljoonista tai kymmenistä miljoonista muistoista, joka olet onnistunut säilyttämään. Mikä tapahtuma mahtoi aiheuttaa tuon ylivertaisen tunteen? Sitä ei voi tietää, mutta [...]

    27. wineandabook/2014/01/20/reLast week, I shared with you my thoughts on Siri Hustvedt’s The Sorrows of an American, and this week, I’m talking about her husband’s new memoir Report From the Interior, though memoir doesn’t seem to be the correct term. Scrapbook? Exploration? Contemplation? In Winter Journal, Auster tells the story of his physical self, whereas in Report From the Interior, he begins to map his intellectual, moral and emotional development: his childhood in New Jersey, his fa [...]

    28. One too many maybe?It pains me to say it, but this is the first book of Paul Auster’s that I’ve read that… bored me. I enjoyed Winter Journal, though not as much as his novels. Winter Journal had the plus that it, intriguingly, was written in the second person (a whole book in the second person – how unusual is that?). It was the autobiography “of his body”, whereas Report from the Interior is the autobiography of Auster's mind. Aside from the issue of whether this book isn’t one t [...]

    29. The inner self portraitPaul Auster continues to be one of this reviewer's favorite authors. Deeply moved by his previous autobiographical book WINTER JOURNAL the following was that response: `Paul Auster is a hero among readers of his works, actually a hero among contemporary writers in general as is book always both challenge and entertain the reader, and finishing one of this books offers that rare sensation that you have been through an important experience. In WINTER JOURNAL Auster is in a r [...]

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