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From the author of the forthcoming A Novel a spare, powerful, intensely visionary novel about the bare bones conditions of survivalIn a distant and unsettling future, Anna Blume is on a mission in an unnamed city of chaos and disaster Its destitute inhabitants scavenge garbage for food and shelter, no industry exists, and an elusive government provides nothing but corruption Anna wades through the filth to find her long lost brother, a one time journalist who may or may not be alive New York Times bestselling author Paul Auster The New York Trilogyshows us a disturbing Hobbesian society in this dystopian, post apocalyptic novel ok Gorgeous copy Thank you Fantastic book Auster s highly lyric and seemingly allegorical bit of fiction, where Anna Bloom searches for her brother in a city that seems to be all that is lost hides Suicide cults, riots, and all small and large signs of decay abound definitely an early work for Auster and has many of elements on expects from the 1970s and 80s, New Wave sci fi authors, but Auster s prose is so poetic that this seems to add something to the story in and of itself I read this book about every 5 or 10 years and enjoy it anew. Tr s bon livre m me si la fin nous laisse sur notre faim Paul Auster crit la perfection ni trop de description ni pas assez L histoire est un peu sans dessus dessous mais vraiment c est une perle Auster creates for us a truly horrible reality but a reality that is in fact imaginable One where the central government is no longer in touch with the needs of the people, where local government is unable to raise enough money to keep basic services working and where each person fends for themselves in the streets, where ever they can find what they need to stay alive.The description is beautifully constructed and while Auster never states this, the city has a feel of Manhattan, which would not be odd, as Auster lives in NYC and is intimately familiar with the City and all its nooks and crannies But in this book, Auster leads the reader through the most terrible and heart rending human conditions physical, emotional and psychological And the descriptions of these pains are precise and concise.Auster uses his usual tremendous power with words to convey the depth of all the darkest of the dark But he does make a point of stating that these people are Alive This is not some type of Hell but if anything Purgatory Here on Earth With truly artful metaphor, the story of Paul Auster is clear Man will try to go on, not matter how horrible his surroundings, no matter how painful it is to continue to live until he is just no longer able to do so.The book is high quality and uniquely created modern literature It is an experience that all serious literary readers should not miss. Paul Auster presents us with yet another must read This novella takes place in an unnamed city that has suffered complete ruin There is no consistent government to speak of and anarchy rules supreme But, the fascinating premise is that this is not a world problem, this is a city problem It is a land cutoff from the world, and the world seems to have forgotten about it Sound familiar Keep in mind this book was first published in 1987 However, newspapers are still trying to get the scoop on what s going on, and so reporters are occasionally sent in, though most never return.One such reporter who never returned left behind a younger sister who has traveled to the country of last things in order to find him From a privileged family, it takes her a surprisingly short amount of time to adapt to the horrific conditions under which she must survive She is primarily the narrator of her story, and we follow her as she experiences tragedy, death, suffering, but also, as impossible as it may seem, love and hope.I ve heard this book is about everything that can go wrong in a society and how it can leave the reader with a sense of despondency however, I found the book to be a testament to the power of hope and love.To touch upon Auster s style I ve read many of Auster s books, and while he explores similar themes, I ve never read two books that were written in the same manner Auster gives us something fresh and artistically progressive with each book he writes In the Country of Last Things is virtually a how to for any budding writer as it uses sparse detail and very limited dialogue to completely drive home the potency of the theme.I ve yet to read a book I did not like from Paul Auster, and In the Country of Last Things is certainly no exception Scott William Foley, author ofSouls Triumphant In the Country of Last Things is a stark compelling vision of the future where a government s only real contribution to society is ensuring the corpses are swept clear from the streets This very fragile hold on the name of authority is in a world where people scavenge for the tiniest morsels be it food or possessions The scramble from murder the harshly unpredictable weather is all documented in the present tense via diary entries by Anna who bases it all around a search for her lost brother Her episodic reports powerfully convey the immediacy urgency of flimsy institutions where vague structures struggle for permanancy Above all, Auster s unflincinhg, taut text finally delivers the blow of a futile narrative that is doomed to being an open ended suicide note Hard hitting stuff. I ve waffled between three and four stars for this book, and I ve ultimately decided on very nearly four stars This was my virgin voyage into the literature of Paul Auster, who came highly recommended as an unfairly overlooked genius in the world of novels The post apocalyptic theme of The Country of Last Things intrigued me, as I ve recently read two other books in the genre.There is some excellent prose here, and that is what kept me going This is a dismal tale yet somehow did not feel as dismal as it should have Anna Blume s journey into this unnamed and awful city to search for her brother reminds me of something I might have done at her age 19 There is something medieval about the constant and desperate bartering trading selling yet totally modern in the disposal use of dead bodies fuel Anna s quest for survival in a world where everyone and everything is dwindling away into a shell of the past seems hopeless In many ways it is not so different from our current times Auster s story has stripped everyone down to survivalist mode and so the true characters of folks are exposed There are madness and mayhem and touching moments of humanity.I felt a bit detached from the story and was unable to become fully engaged with any of the characters Perhaps this was Auster s intent, as the characters themselves had to become detached from the horror around them in order to survive In any case, it is an easy, fast and intelligent read which may give you pause to consider what really is or is not important in the big scheme of things On this note, I do recommend it.P.S The title for my review is taken from this line on page 40 of the novel He made me think of my grandfather overworked,exuding an air of abstracted benevolence that seemed tinged with cunning, a pleasantness that masked some secret edge of cruelty.