The New York Trilogy Face to Face Book Discussion Details:
- Date: November 30, 2013
- Place: Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings, Julia Vargas Ave., Pasig City
- Time: 3 PM to 6 PM
- Discussion Leader: Aldrin
- Attendees: Me (after the discussion), Aaron, Aenna, Alexa, Bennard, Cary, Joy, Louize, Maria, Marie, Meliza, Rhena, Tina, Veronica, Zim
- Food I Ate: I wasn’t there during the discussion proper. It’s a first. Well.
- Post-discussion Activity: I think there was none?
- After the Book Discussion: Coffee at the nearby Starbucks, then dinner at JT’s Manukan.
- Other Nominated Books: Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer and Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
Thoughts from the Members:
The New York Trilogy is elusive in its form and meanings, but its impressions linger long after the last page is closed.
This is one of those rare books that work on many levels of mystery, philosophy, and drama. While this was coined as trilogy, it was not written in that sense. The stories were related thematically, rather than narrative or plot. Yet after reading, I realized that writing an individual reflection on each story will not convey the wholeness of the book -its different stages of awareness.
Wow, this book. There were two words that immediately came to mind after I finished reading: difficult and brainy. I’d like to say that the book was easy to read – the words flowed, the vocabulary was simple (I only hit the Dictionary feature of my Kindle for a few times) but the plot itself? The themes? The philosophy? They were all mind-numbing. I recently read a tweet stating that the books we say to be easy reading are actually difficult to write. And I am inclined to agree. I salute Paul Auster for employing simple and easy words but still managed to make the story perplexing and difficult to comprehend. Brilliant. Absolutely, decidedly, brilliant.
I was impressed by the unusual way Paul Auster named and created his characters. He also gave us statements that seem contradictory, which will make me stop for a while, then think and try to decipher what he really meant. I also like how the author allowed us to really listen to the minds of the main characters of each novel. Their thoughts are thoroughly detailed and these pulled me into the stories even more.
Photos courtesy of Joy.