Download e-book for iPad: 4 3 2 1: A Novel by Paul Auster

By Paul Auster

ISBN-10: 1627794468

ISBN-13: 9781627794466

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“An epic bildungsroman . . . . Original and intricate . . . . A monumental assemblage of competing and complementary fictions, a unique that contains multitudes.”
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“A stunningly ambitious novel, and a excitement to read. . . . An incredibly moving, actual journey.”―NPR

Paul Auster’s maximum, such a lot heartbreaking and pleasant novel―a sweeping and astounding tale of birthright and hazard, of affection and of existence itself.

Nearly weeks early, on March three, 1947, within the maternity ward of Beth Israel sanatorium in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the single and simply baby of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that unmarried starting, Ferguson’s existence will take 4 simultaneous and self sustaining fictional paths. 4 exact Fergusons made up of an identical DNA, 4 boys who're an identical boy, cross directly to lead 4 parallel and fully diverse lives. family members fortunes diverge. Athletic abilities and intercourse lives and friendships and highbrow passions distinction. every one Ferguson falls below the spell of the fantastic Amy Schneiderman, but each one Amy and every Ferguson have a dating like no different. in the meantime, readers will take up each one Ferguson’s pleasures and soreness from every one Ferguson’s pains, because the mortal plot of every Ferguson’s existence rushes on.

As creative and dexterously built as whatever Paul Auster has ever written, but with a keenness for realism and a good tenderness and fierce attachment to background and to existence itself that readers have by no means obvious from Auster earlier than. 4 three 2 1 is a wonderful and unforgettably affecting journey de force.

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Let Mildred withdraw into the cloister of her book-lined brain, let her float off to college and read every book written in the past two thousand years, but what Rose wanted, and what Rose belonged to, was the real world, the rush and clamor of the New York streets, the sense of standing up for herself and making her own way. Like the plucky, quick-thinking heroines in the films she saw two and three times a week, the endless brigade of studio pictures starring Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, Rosalind Russell, and Jean Arthur, she took on the role of young, determined career girl and embraced it as if she were living in a film of her own, The Rose Adler Story, that long, infinitely complex movie that was still in its first reel but promised great things in the years to come.

First: Knowing Stanley to be a man of his word, she recoiled at the thought of never seeing him again. For better or worse, after Nancy he was now her best friend. Second: She was already twenty-one, still young enough to be considered young but not as young as most brides were back then, since it wasn’t uncommon for girls to put on wedding gowns at eighteen or nineteen, and the last thing Rose wanted for herself was to remain unmarried. Third: No, she didn’t love Stanley, but it was a proven fact that not all love-marriages turned into successful marriages, and according to what she had read somewhere, the arranged marriages prevalent in traditional foreign cultures were no more or less happy than marriages in the West.

Years later, when Rose told her son about the events of that night, she left out the name of the restaurant where she and Stanley met for dinner. Nevertheless, if memory hadn’t failed him, Ferguson believed it was somewhere in midtown Manhattan, East Side or West Side unknown, but an elegant place with white tablecloths and bow-tied waiters in short black jackets, which meant that Stanley had consciously set out to impress her, to prove that he could afford extravagances like this one whenever he chose to, and yes, she found him physically attractive, she was struck by how light he was on his feet, by the grace and fluidity of his body in motion, but also his hands, the size and strength of his hands, she noticed that at once, and the placid, unaggressive eyes that never stopped looking at her, brown eyes, neither large nor small, and the thick black brows above them.

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