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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,052 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Auster Narrator: Dick Hil Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike Ingram | 2/10/2014

    " Mixed feelings about this one. I've developed a pretty severe non-sexual mancrush on Paul Auster lately, and this book was certainly pleasurable to read, but ultimately a little thinner than I expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jay | 12/13/2013

    " Short, but the size seems to me to be a problem with this one. I found the writing interesting at points but the plot was too minimal -- it can be summed up in a few words and it didn't really provide much beyond that "punch line". If the story was longer, with some interesting plotting, or shorter, it would work better. And don't read any reviews beforehand! And yes, it has an interesting picture on the cover! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gemma Davis | 12/5/2013

    " I was quite disappointed by this novel...it reminds me of The Trial by Kafka...only not quite as good. I think Auster has tried to break away from his usual style and try something different, which I think is wonderful - but it hasn't quite worked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ethan | 12/1/2013

    " Wow. Wow wow wow Paul frickin Auster. Read this in one sitting and now I can't stop thinking about it. Horrifying and beautiful. Super tight writing, too. Now to read the New York Trilogy. "

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