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4 3 2 1
by Paul Auster


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* * * Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize * * *

New York Times Bestseller, Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Boston Globe Bestseller, National Indiebound Bestseller

The Millions 's "Most Anticipated"; Vulture 's "Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017"; The Washington Post 's Books to Read in 2017; Chicago Tribune 's "Books We're Excited About in 2017";
Town & Country 's "5 Books to Start Off 2017 the Right Way"; Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017

"An epic bildungsroman .  Read more...


 
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More About 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
 
 
 
Overview

* * * Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize * * *

New York Times Bestseller, Los Angeles Times Bestseller, Boston Globe Bestseller, National Indiebound Bestseller

The Millions's "Most Anticipated"; Vulture's "Most Exciting Book Releases for 2017"; The Washington Post's Books to Read in 2017; Chicago Tribune's "Books We're Excited About in 2017";
Town & Country's "5 Books to Start Off 2017 the Right Way"; Read it Forward, Favorite Reads of January 2017

"An epic bildungsroman . . . . Original and complex . . . . A monumental assemblage of competing and complementary fictions, a novel that contains multitudes."--Tom Perrotta, The New York Times Book Review

"A stunningly ambitious novel, and a pleasure to read. . . . An incredibly moving, true journey."--NPR

Paul Auster's greatest, most heartbreaking and satisfying novel--a sweeping and surprising story of birthright and possibility, of love and of life itself.

Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman, yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no other. Meanwhile, readers will take in each Ferguson's pleasures and ache from each Ferguson's pains, as the mortal plot of each Ferguson's life rushes on.

As inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, yet with a passion for realism and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to history and to life itself that readers have never seen from Auster before. 4 3 2 1 is a marvelous and unforgettably affecting tour de force.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781627794466
  • ISBN-10: 1627794468
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 880
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Almost everything about Austers new novel is big. The sentences are long and sinuous; the paragraphs are huge, often running more than a page; and the book comes in at nearly 900 pages. In its telling, however, the book is far from epic, though it is satisfyingly rich in detail. Its a bildungsroman spanning protagonist Archie Fergusons birth in 1947 to a consequential U.S. presidential election in 1974. Some warm opening pages are dedicated to the romance of the parents of Ferguson (as the third-person narrator refers to him throughout), Rose and Stanley. In its depiction of the everyday life of its hero, the book also gives a full history of America during this period through the eyes of Ferguson who, not coincidentally, is roughly the same age as Auster. He roots for the nascent Kennedy administration, sees Martin Luther Kings peaceful resistance, and recognizes both the greatness and the iniquity in L.B.J.s actions as president. These national events are juxtaposed against Fergusons coming-of-age: he goes to summer camp, has a sad first love with a girl named Anne-Marie, and gets an education via his beloved aunt Mildred. One of the many pleasures of the book is Fergusons vibrant recounting of his reading experiences, such as Emma Goldmans Living My Life, Voltaires Candide, and Theodore Whites The Making of the President, 1960. Auster adds a significant and immersive entry to a genre that stretches back centuries and includes Augie March and Tristram Shandy. (Jan.)

 
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