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Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure [Kindle Edition]

Paul Auster
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It's no wonder that Paul Auster (The Music of Chance, Leviathan, Mr. Vertigo) creates such singular characters. While his youth comprised a series of failures too unbelievable for fiction, it also equipped him with a range of experiences to draw from that most fiction writers only dream of. He worked with Bowery bums at a summer camp, had a childhood friend join the Weather Underground, and was a student at Columbia in 1968 at the height of the student uprisings there (and at which point, he boasts, he knew seven of the FBI's ten most wanted men). He worked on an oil tanker, for a French Mafia-style film producer in Paris, and for a rare-book organization in New York. He translated the North Vietnamese constitution from French into English (don't ask). His work brought him in contact to varying extents with Jean Genet, Mary McCarthy, Jerzy Kosinski, Sartre, Foucault, and John Lennon. The encounters and experiences must have been fascinating, failure aside, but Auster's prose here, sadly, lacks the tightness and luster of his fiction. The remainder--and major portion--of the volume consists of three plays, a baseball card game, and a detective novel, all written during this time.

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It's no wonder that Paul Auster (The Music of Chance, Leviathan, Mr. Vertigo) creates such singular characters. While his youth comprised a series of failures too unbelievable for fiction, it also equipped him with a range of experiences to draw from that most fiction writers only dream of. He worked with Bowery bums at a summer camp, had a childhood friend join the Weather Underground, and was a student at Columbia in 1968 at the height of the student uprisings there (and at which point, he boasts, he knew seven of the FBI's ten most wanted men). He worked on an oil tanker, for a French Mafia-style film producer in Paris, and for a rare-book organization in New York. He translated the North Vietnamese constitution from French into English (don't ask). His work brought him in contact to varying extents with Jean Genet, Mary McCarthy, Jerzy Kosinski, Sartre, Foucault, and John Lennon. The encounters and experiences must have been fascinating, failure aside, but Auster's prose here, sadly, lacks the tightness and luster of his fiction. The remainder--and major portion--of the volume consists of three plays, a baseball card game, and a detective novel, all written during this time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 214 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Holt Paperbacks; Auflage: Reprint (1. August 2003)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00823ZVT2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Den ersten Entwurf eines Romans schreibt Paul Auster noch immer mit der Hand, ein echtes Manuskript also. Die Arbeitsweise passt zu dem Autor, der mit seiner Frau zurückgezogen in Brooklyn lebt und nicht gern über seine literarische Arbeit spricht. Geboren wurde Auster 1947 in Newark, New Jersey. Seine Vorfahren waren jüdische Einwanderer aus Österreich. Nach dem Studium fuhr er als Matrose auf einem Öltanker zur See. Von 1971-74 lebte Auster in Frankreich. Danach hatte er einen Lehrauftrag an der Columbia University und war Übersetzer und Herausgeber französischer Autoren. Mit Romanen wie "Mond über Manhattan", "Die Brooklyn Revue" und "Unsichtbar" sowie seiner klaren, bildreichen Sprache avancierte er zu einem der erfolgreichsten US-amerikanischen Autoren.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Gems and junk strung on a binding. 22. September 1997
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How much you enjoy Paul Auster's 'Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure' depends on why you read it in the first place. His premise for this memoir is laid out simply in the subtitle, where 'chronicle' refers to a straightforward narrative combined with the actual texts of his first publishing efforts, one of which is a card game. It sounds like a breathtaking rollercoaster, but the thrills end up happening on a kiddie scale.

The problem with 'Hand to Mouth' is that there's too much failure and not enough chronicle. Auster's path to publication includes several waystations: a merchant ship, stints in France, a Catskills resort. At one point, just before describing the outcome of his assignment to help a film bigshot's wife write a vanity book in Mexico, he begins, "Without rehashing the whole thing..." Well, what else are memoirs for, you might ask? Several instances Auster mentions thoroughout his story--the birth of his child and breakup of his marriage, for example, which get no more than a sentence or two--merit all the rehashing this talented writer can muster. Instead, the space saved by Auster's restraint goes to three plays, a card game, and a mystery novella from his early days. Of these, the mystery is really the only thing that stands on its own; maybe that's why it's the only item he was able to sell before going on to write acclaimed novels such as 'Mr. Vertigo' and 'The Music of Chance.'

This brings us back to why you might choose to buy Auster's book. Those looking for personal details or a finely honed true-life adventure story should look elsewhere; but any aspiring writer can find encouragement in Auster's trials and tribulations. Despite the excess of economy in what he tells, Auster makes even a sketch of his past an enveloping read. And if it leaves you hankering for more, is that such a crime? At $25 for the hardcover, well, *almost*.
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Who wouldn't want to read about another's failure? Especially if they end up a success in the end. What's the path? What turns finally led to success? What you get is a finely honed first paragraph and then sketchy remembrances. My biggest surprise was getting to the description of that god-awful Laurel & Hardy play when he says he rewrites this dreck and puts it into a labeled file supposedly never to see daylight again. Then there's the asterisk referring you to appendix 1. I search the back of the book and find appendix 3 and then work my way back up to appendix 1...a mere 20 or so pages from the end. And like something long dead climbing from the coffin, it stood cringing in full daylight. Boom...it hit me...Paul was at a point where he was out of fresh ideas and thought....geez, what if I pull out that awful stuff from the beginning...get some mileage out of failure. Wouldn't that be ironic/funny? Except for anyone who actually started to read appendix 1 and said, "hey, this ain't no waiting for Godot, is it?" Then it was the sound of one book slamming. Shut that is. Nobody ever said bad writing gets better with age. (more like string cheese stuck in the back of a drawer for 50 years...ewww, the stench.) Am I too unkind? Sorry, no mercy for bad writing fobbed off on unsuspecting readers. Next time, Paul, leave it in the folder. Or better yet, misplace the folder.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Le dèbris (sic.) d'un poète 9. Oktober 1998
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An autobiography that's too short to deserve five stars.
In his formative years Auster had all the ingredients of the born loser: stubborn and repeated "I'll manage"s, the refusal to build on luck (he resigns from numerous jobs-to-die-for), the need to namedrop (John Lennon, long-forgotten political activists), the dissipation of talent (pay-per-word translations), delusions of capitalist success (the baseball game)... a lazy willingness to drift with the tide of life. Thus a wholly predictable 'chronicle of early failure'.
Essentially it's that writer's hunger theme again. 'Writing' transformed by the distorting lens of time (nostalgia? the complacency of literary success? self-mythologizing?) into a biological need, an addiction, an affliction. Monetary practicalities are often defenestrated in favor of higher ideals. Auster is at times only sustained by generous handouts from New York literary funds.
Our ongoing curiosity is perhaps fueled by the fact that all the while we know that the pumpkin turned into the glittering coach... sadly we don't get to see any of the fairy godmother's handiwork. What turned the born loser into the 'only American writer under 50 with any claims to greatness'?
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Paul Auster's Hand to Mouth: Treading over old ground 29. September 1997
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Paul Auster's latest book disappointingly contains no significant work of new fiction. Although Auster gives an intriguing insight into his early years as a struggling writer in and around New York and Paris, it seems to be more about bringing an era to an end, rather than the new beginning I'd hoped for. One would have thought that after "Smoke" and "Blue in the Face" Auster would be ready to try something new. But for someone familiar with "Squeeze Play" Auster's latest book contains little in the way of new material - and could almost be regarded as an appendix to "The Red Notebook". Ultimately I was very disappointed that Auster should breeze back into the literary frame with such a low-key piece of work. It's been a long while (too long) since "MR Vertio"; and although the films "Smoke" and "Blue In the Face" gave us something new, I'd like to see one of America's most prominent literary writers taking more chances if he is to maintain his current high profile. This is unfortunately not a significant return to fiction and more a book for dedicated followers.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen For the true auster fan only
Like some obscure import record of your favourite band or musician, Hand To Mouth is really only going to appeal to the most die-hard fan. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 23. März 2000 von Brent Woods
3.0 von 5 Sternen the world of litterature and writing
Like in the great novel hunger, but in a nother modus, the documentary type of fiction we are faced with the suffering of the young writer. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting autobiography, flat prose
This is a book for hardcore Auster fans only, I think. It has interesting tidbits that illuminate his prose and the 'chronicle of early failure' is indeed harrowing and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. Dezember 1999 von Alan DeNiro
1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't buy this book, for the author's sake
A major disappointment all the way (I'm happy I'm not the only one to have felt cheated on this one). Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. November 1999 von S. Maruta
4.0 von 5 Sternen Honest and Revealing
Auster writes from the position of not having money to live, money to enable him to write, to pursue his art. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. August 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen information required about the play
I'd like to know whether the play Hand to Mouth has been adapted on stage. I am looking for information, reviews, articles, anything which has to do with this play. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 26. Juli 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Unusually honest and intimate look at becoming a writer
The early, unending attempts of Paul Auster to become a writer, in both the wordly and literary sense. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 1999 von birdndiz@ix.netcom.com
1.0 von 5 Sternen The whine goes on--and on.
A disappointing example of memoir-writing at its solipsistic worst, Hand to Mouth has no redeeming characteristics. The passage on the ingrown toenail is, quite simply, a howler. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 29. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen It's all about the benjamins.
As far as I can tell, this is the story of Paul Auster's long, previously unfulfilled quest to prostitute his writing ability for money. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Mai 1999 von dan_oppenheimer@hotmail.com
3.0 von 5 Sternen A not so common biography
"Hand to Mouth" is not one long biographic story of the great author Paul Auster. The book is a collage of different text genres - biograhy, play and a detective story. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 10. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
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