Moon Palace: A Novel (Penguin Ink)

Moon Palace: A Novel (Penguin Ink)

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The “beautiful and haunting” (San Francisco Chronicle) tale of an orphan’s search for love, for his unknown father, and for the key to the elusive riddle of his fate, from the author of the forthcoming 4 3 2 1:  A Novel

Marco Stanley Fogg is an orphan, a child of the sixties, a quester tirelessly seeking the key to his past, the answers to the ultimate riddle of his fate. As Marco journeys from the canyons of Manhattan to the deserts of Utah, he encounters a gallery of characters and a series of events as rich and surprising as any in modern fiction.

Beginning during the summer that men first walked on the moon, and moving backward and forward in time to span three generations, Moon Palace is propelled by coincidence and memory, and illuminated by marvelous flights of lyricism and wit. Here is the most entertaining and moving novel yet from an author well known for his breathtaking imagination.

From New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster (The New York Trilogy).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101563816
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 37,899
File size: 850 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Brooklyn, New York

Date of Birth:

February 3, 1947

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A., M.A., Columbia University, 1970

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Don DeLillo

This is a writer who work shines with intelligence and originality....He blends modern surfaces with 19th century interiors....Yet he puts his storytelling techniques at the service of a very contemporary novel.

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Moon Palace 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Morganna1afey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERTI loved this novel. Paul Auster has done it again, with remarkable depth and brilliance. As always, Auster's ideas are amazing, and make for an entertaining read as well as a study on identity.Marco Stanley Fogg, or M.S. Fogg, is an orphan who seems to be spending the entire story searching for his identity, mostly, it appears, indirectly. The novel starts out in New York City, when M.S. is finishing up college at Columbia University. He begins by explaining about his relationship with his Uncle Victor, and how Victor had gifted his entire collection of books to M.S. M.S. uses the novels, packed into boxes, as furniture at first. But when his Uncle dies, he slowly begins to dismantle his furniture, and thus his identity, by reading the novels and selling them off as he finishes. Prior to this, he had been dubbed Phileas, a character from Around the World in 80 Days, a movie that Uncle Victor had taken him to see as a child. Upon his uncle's death, he has no choice but to slough off this identity. There is no one left to M.S. in the entire world, so he allows a financial dilemma to literally consume him until his life is at stake. Then he meets Kitty, and a new identity is formed, that of 'Kitty's Twin.' When M.S. becomes destitute, homeless and sick, it seems as if the end is near. But he is rescued by Kitty and his friend Zimmer. Zimmer brings him home and nurses him back to health. He narrowly escapes being drafted into the army because the doctors think he is crazy. He begins to rally and offers to repay Zimmer for helping him by translating a French manuscript into English. Then he takes a job with Thomas Effing, an elderly, well-to-do gentleman in need of a companion. Effing had to replace his former companion, Pavel Shum, after Pavel was hit by a car, as was M.S.' mother. Thus M.S. takes on a new identity; he became Pavel's ghost.While working for Effing, he learns of how Effing used to be Julian Barber, until Barber faked his own death, became a hermit named Tom, then dubbed himself Thomas Effing. Effing turns out to have a son named Solomon Barber, who in turn is the father of someone else. Solomon had initiated his own search for his identity as a child, for he was also an orphan, just like Kitty and M.S. This entire story involves people and their attempt to find their identities, to discover who they truly are. This is not just a physical journey, but a spiritual one. Finding one's place in the world¿ It's not just about names but about who we are as human beings, and our place in the universe, about how the world is a large place, but at the same time, we are all related to a certain extent.I have enjoyed Paul Auster's novels since college. Although it isn't an easy, light read, its weight causes the reader to ponder the deeper meaning of life and our place in it. The interconnectedness of the characters in this story shows us how truly small our world really is.
JimmyChanga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it while I was reading it. But it felt a little gimmicky at points... because the whole book relies entirely on the "everybody is related to each other" plot twist, which is ridiculously unlikely. Also, the actual writing/language was mediocre, but the story and characters were entertaining. Also, I don't like how all the characters kept wanting to make amends for what they've done in the past, but they do it in this way that is kinda juvenile, like acting out. Like when Effing gave his money away. And yet nobody in the novel sees how presumptious and cocky this act was. Instead he's painted as this rough on the outside, but saintly goodness on the inside kinda character.It seems like Auster has spent all his time weaving an intricate and unlikely plot, yet for all that, he isn't able to bring out the complexities of his character's emotions. They felt very flat. Whereas a better writer could do all that and much more without even writing about anything out of the ordinary... a walk along the pier or something...
Kayla-Marie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! For the first 100 pages or so, I had a hard time remembering that I was reading a fiction novel because it felt more like I was reading Paul Auster's memoir. Auster is great at making extreme and coincidental circumstances seem realistic and probable.
stveggy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book - couldn't put it down
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Cheaper than travelling and pretty much the same excitement. Monn Palace really takes you to the moon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really an outstanding book. Well written, worth reading.
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I think people tend to take Auster too seriously. Auster writes nice, interesting books, but he never was or will be a great writer. This I say despite the fact that he tries to portray himself as so ¿ using intertextuality, complex narration, brooding and "deep" imagery - and this is his problem ¿ he does it as an amateur. It seems to me that Auster made his homework and read the masters, however, not hard enough. He doesn't have what they have, or have so little of it, yet he approaches writing as if he was one, and the result is dissatisfying. He is simply not Kafka, or Henry James, or even Salman Rushdie or Coetzee. For those of you who have some background, reading serious stuff ¿ and those who've done it know what I'm talking about ¿ stay away or you'll be disappointed. For others, who would like to enjoy more than average level of writing ¿ enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite my better judgement on the insistent, persistent and downright annoying recommendation of a friend, I temporarily abandoned my quest to read all the classics before the age of 26 and read this novel. I was not disapointed and only scared as I seem to be in a similar position to the protagonist and inhabiting the same area of Manhattan. However the tips on eating an egg a day are invaluable. I am dying to read more Paul Auster.
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Nothing else to say.