The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »

spacer

The New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction)

by

The New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction) Cover

 

Staff Pick

Amazing psychological twists will keep you guessing and leave you spellbound as you wind your way through these three stories. It's not a new release but worth discovering if you haven't already.
Recommended by michelle, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Paul Auster's brilliant debut novels, City of Glass, Ghosts, and The Locked Room, are here collected in a cloth edition for the first time in the United States. These three novels brought Auster international acclaim for his creation of a new genre, mixing elements of the standard detective fiction and postmodern fiction.

City of Glass combines dark, Kafka-like humor with all the suspense of a Hitchcock film as a writer of detective stories becomes embroiled in a complex and puzzling series of events, beginning with a call from a stranger in the middle of the night asking for the author — Paul Auster — himself.

Ghosts, the second volume of this interconnected trilogy, introduces Blue, a private detective hired to watch a man named Black, who, as he becomes intermeshed into a haunting and claustrophobic game of hide-and-seek, is lured into the very trap he has created.

The final volume, The Locked Room, also begins with a mystery, told this time in the first-person narrative. The nameless hero journeys into the unknown as he attempts to reconstruct the past which he has experienced almost as a dream.

Together these three fictions lead the reader on adventures that expand the mind as they entertain.

Review:

"Three exhilarating installments...a brilliant investigation of the storyteller's art guided by a writer-detective who's never satisfied with just the facts." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Auster harnesses the inquiring spirit any reader brings to a mystery, redirecting it from the grubby search for a wrongdoer to the more rarified search for the self." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Eminently readable and mysterious....Auster has added some new dimensions to modern literature and — more importantly even — to our perspectives on the planet." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

 

The New York Trilogy is the series that made New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster a renowned writer of metafiction and a special sort of genre-rebelling detective fiction which the New York Review of Books has called “one of the most distinctive niches in contemporary literature.” Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, these uniquely stylized detective novels include City of Glass in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. Hes drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case thats more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself. In Ghosts, Blue, a mentee of Brown, is hired by White to spy on Black from a window on Orange Street. Once Blue starts stalking Black, he finds his subject on a similar mission. In The Locked Room, Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and nothing but a cache of novels, plays, and poems.

This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition includes an introduction from author and professor Luc Sante, as well as a pulp novel-inspired cover from Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist of Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers.

 

Synopsis:

City of Glass

As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written.

Ghosts

Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. From a window of a rented room on Orange Street, Blue keeps watch on his subject, who is across the street, staring out of his window.

The Locked Room

Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and a cache of extraordinary novels, plays, and poems. What happened to him--and why is the narrator, Fanshawe's boyhood friend, lured obsessively into his life?

About the Author

Paul Auster's novels include Brooklyn Follies, Oracle Night, and In the Country of Last Things, as well as two memoirs, a collection of essays, a volume of poems, and the screenplays for several films. His work has been translated into over 30 languages.

Table of Contents

The New York Trilogy City of Glass

Ghosts

The Locked Room

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

DNAMan, March 29, 2007 (view all comments by DNAMan)
A riveting set of novellas but dificult to extract the individual and/or collective lessons for living in today's complex world, or just living, in general.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(10 of 18 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140131550
Author:
Auster, Paul
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
New York
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
City and town life - New York (State) -
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction
Series Volume:
#2-87
Publication Date:
19900431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
7.77x5.05x.75 in. .57 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Auggie Wren's Christmas Story Used Hardcover $8.95
  2. We Disappear (P.S.)
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  3. The Satanic Verses
    Used Hardcover $7.50
  4. White Noise
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Used Mass Market $3.95
  6. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier &...
    Used Book Club Paperback $4.50

Related Subjects


Featured Titles » Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z

The New York Trilogy: City of Glass, Ghosts, The Locked Room (Contemporary American Fiction) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$7.50 In Stock
Product details 384 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140131550 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Amazing psychological twists will keep you guessing and leave you spellbound as you wind your way through these three stories. It's not a new release but worth discovering if you haven't already.

"Review" by , "Three exhilarating installments...a brilliant investigation of the storyteller's art guided by a writer-detective who's never satisfied with just the facts."
"Review" by , "Auster harnesses the inquiring spirit any reader brings to a mystery, redirecting it from the grubby search for a wrongdoer to the more rarified search for the self."
"Review" by , "Eminently readable and mysterious....Auster has added some new dimensions to modern literature and — more importantly even — to our perspectives on the planet."
"Synopsis" by ,

 

The New York Trilogy is the series that made New York Times-bestselling author Paul Auster a renowned writer of metafiction and a special sort of genre-rebelling detective fiction which the New York Review of Books has called “one of the most distinctive niches in contemporary literature.” Moving at the breathless pace of a thriller, these uniquely stylized detective novels include City of Glass in which Quinn, a mystery writer, receives an ominous phone call in the middle of the night. Hes drawn into the streets of New York, onto an elusive case thats more puzzling and more deeply-layered than anything he might have written himself. In Ghosts, Blue, a mentee of Brown, is hired by White to spy on Black from a window on Orange Street. Once Blue starts stalking Black, he finds his subject on a similar mission. In The Locked Room, Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and nothing but a cache of novels, plays, and poems.

This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition includes an introduction from author and professor Luc Sante, as well as a pulp novel-inspired cover from Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist of Maus and In the Shadow of No Towers.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
City of Glass

As a result of a strange phone call in the middle of the night, Quinn, a writer of detective stories, becomes enmeshed in a case more puzzling than any he might have written.

Ghosts

Blue, a student of Brown, has been hired by White to spy on Black. From a window of a rented room on Orange Street, Blue keeps watch on his subject, who is across the street, staring out of his window.

The Locked Room

Fanshawe has disappeared, leaving behind his wife and baby and a cache of extraordinary novels, plays, and poems. What happened to him--and why is the narrator, Fanshawe's boyhood friend, lured obsessively into his life?

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.