Man in the Dark by Paul Auster

Another treasure I discovered at BOOKSALE. Only 60pesos and no one even seemed to give this one the time of day. I must say, this power I have is definitely to my advantage, to know a good book when I see a good book.

August Brill, a 72-year-old man, narrates a story to himself every night due to insomnia. The activity, he claims, is the only thing that gets him through the dark when his mind is at its most active.

This night, he narrates a story about Owen Brick.

Brick, a magician, sent to another parallel dimension of America in 2007 was given a mission. This America is at war with itself. A secession has happened.

He was ordered to kill the man who is making this universe, this horrible place. The man who was telling himself the story. In order for chaos to stop, Brill must die.


This is absolutely one of the most original stories I've read. Very indie. A book with no target-reader. Just unadulterated literature to the very core.

Paul Auster, a seasoned writer, recipient of the Prince of Austrias Prize for Literature(just one of the many awards he has), changed my perception in the field of selecting books.

Let's face it, everyone gets scared of reading books. The feeling that we might not be good enough or bright enough, the fear of not being able to comprehend a story.

I think as any fear the mind solely creates, there's nothing to be insecure as long as it's on the subject of entering a universe an author created. You will never feel that you're in the wrong place, he is opening this world to you through pages, through paragraphs and set of words.

If it's a book, you are always welcome.


Something I found in the book, very thought-provoking.

Based on this 16th-century Italian philosopher named Giordano Bruno: if God is infinite, and if the powers of God are infinite, then there must be an infinite number of worlds.


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