MAN IN THE DARK
BY PAUL AUSTER
AN AUDIO BOOK
The audiobook of MAN IN THE DARK by Paul Auster was an interesting as well as riveting experience. Not one to listen to many books, rather preferring to read them myself, I was at first slow to get into the story. I almost thought of stopping as I would listen to Paul Auster read his unique tale with a voice quality to match the genre, but suddenly found myself wanting to know what happened to Owen Brick. Owen Brick is the main character in the mind of August Brill. August is the “real main character” in MAN IN THE DARK who the story revolves around, or is he? He is a seventy-two year old award winning literary critic who was in a car accident and is recovering in his daughter’s home. His wife’s recent death is the reason he is with his daughter, Miriam, and granddaughter Katya in
The audiobook opens with Owen Brick finding himself in a deep hole, dressed as a soldier in fatigues, and not knowing how he got there. It proceeds from there to tell how he has somehow entered a parallel universe to the one he really lives in and doesn’t understand what has happened. Different from his regular life in
Just when you really get into a part of Owen’s story, Paul Auster takes you back to August Brill who is making up the story and tells what is going on in his life. He spends time with his granddaughter, Katya, watching old movies and analyzing them. His daughter Miriam is divorced and bitter while Katya is somewhat introverted and rightfully sad as a result, we find out later in the story, about her boyfriend having been murdered. This part of the story is somewhat disturbing but told with such realism you are again taken into August’s “real” world just as much as you are into Owen’s world.
The title of MAN IN THE DARK is very fitting as you will find out because of each character being in the dark in some way in the story. Each has a strong will to live but also to find out what life is all about and what part their pasts play in it. Auster has written a great character study that is enjoyable and intriguing on many levels. I think