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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,911 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Paul Auster Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I am alone in the dark, turning the world around in my head as I struggle through another bout of insomnia, another white night in the great American wilderness.

So begins Paul Auster's brilliant, devastating novel about the many realities we inhabit as wars flame all around us.

Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident in his daughter's house in Vermont. When sleep refuses to come, he lies in bed and tells himself stories, struggling to push back thoughts about things he would prefer to forget: his wife's recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter's boyfriend, Titus.

The retired book critic imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself. In this other America, the twin towers did not fall, and the 2000 election results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union, and a bloody civil war ensued.

As the night progresses, Brill's story grows increasingly intense, and what he is so desperately trying to avoid insists on being told. Joined in the early hours by his granddaughter, he gradually opens up to her and recounts the story of his marriage. After she falls asleep, he at last finds the courage to revisit the trauma of Titus' death.

Passionate and shocking, Man in the Dark is a novel of our moment, a book that forces us to confront the blackness of night even as it celebrates the existence of ordinary joys in a world capable of the most grotesque violence. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jeanmlane | 2/11/2014

    " Unfortunately not one of Paul Auster's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laurie | 1/17/2014

    " I love the surrealism in this novel and the way the author tells the story of what some of us do to avoid thinking about our own lives in those wee hours of the night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Roxana | 12/25/2013

    " A great new Auster experience. I loved this book and the insight into story-telling. On the downside, I was starting to expect a near-fantastic experience and found that line of plot a little unresolved. I read the book in more than one sitting, but it was past 4 AM when I finished it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dominique | 12/10/2013

    " I found this book fairly inventive for fiction, collapsing several worlds and their plots into one reality and holding them together with one character. It's definitely worth reading. "

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