4 3 2 1

Astonishing, a masterpiece, Paul Auster ’ s greatest, most atisfying, most vivid and heartbreaking novel -- a sweeping and surprising story of inheritance, family, love and 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 one aunts- and unclesfilled beginning, Ferguson will take four paths, find his way from four outlooks, live four entirely different lives. And listeners will take in his pleasures and ache from the losses in each life as each precious, mortal plot rushes on.

As captivatin and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written, yet with a passion for realism —and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to life itself—that listeners have never seen from Auster before. 4321 is orgeous, epic, affecting and resplendent, an epic.
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Published January 31st 2017 by Henry Holt and Co.
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gave it

I was excited about this to begin with but it soon began to feel like a vehicle without an engine that Auster was pushing ever uphill.If we live only a small part of our inner life externally, what happens to the rest?

Unfortunately Auster doesn ’ t address this intriguing question in any sort of stimulating way though you ’ d think a ovel about a character living four parallel lives would.How much of fate comes from within and how much comes from without?

Unfortunately Auster doesn ’ t address this intriguing question in any ind of stimulating way either though you ’ d think a ovel about a character living four parallel lives would.I ’ ve got a lot of time for Paul Auster but I ’ m fraid I found this a self-indulgent and ultimately pointless novel.

Auster ’ s heroe, by comparison, goes to Princeton in one version; Colombia in another.

Atkinson, like the film Sliding Doors, identified the crossroad moments when a fate might change course; Auster doesn ’ t – he uses accidents rather than choices to define the fate of his haracter.

That said, I agree with Auster and not with Atkinson – that if we had four cracks at life they wouldn ’ t be significantly different – but for that very reason this all becomes a very ointless and long winded exercise.

It ’ s actually a relief because it was hard work trying to remember the thin distinctions between one life and another.

( This novel would be a good test for evaluating how prone you might be to dementia.) And to be onest I didn ’ t understand why things turned out differently in the various versions.

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It 's difficult to get an unbearableheadache, have insomnia, muscles might ache, and a reader might begin to feel fatigue AFTER the first 22 hours of listening to Paul Auster .... ( as steamy awesome as Paul Auster is!!!!).

I have no idea why MY PAUL turned off Paul Auster when he was telling us about Archie writing about Baseball for his High School paper in New Jersey.

Had 'my Paul' been in the room listening to a scene when Archie was at Camp Paradise, believe me, he would not have turned off the audiobook!

THIRTY NINE PLUS hours of listening to an audiobook- no matter how sexy- charming- and AWESOME my new -audio-husband was ....

and no matter how ENGAGING it was to follow the life of Ferguson- his family- his passions- his relationships- his hygiene and eating habits- his sex life- and his love for Amy Schneiderman -- 39 hours is a LOT OF TIME OUT OF A PERSON 'S life!!!

My original plans were to spend hours listening while hiking the trails.

spending as much time as I did with this book- almost 40 hours- feels like a love affair.

... ..The BEST advantage for investing long hours to the audiobook: I spent an enormous amount of my OFF time 'thinking' about the haracters and the relationships in this tal.

( the entire experience of sitting in the balcony eating hot dogs and popcorn with his mom for hours), photography, ( a special photograph of Ferguson), accidents, sickness, death, affairs, divorce, re-marriages, camp, school, sports, college, the war, drinking, drugs, schools, politics, Jews, foods, Jewish foods, Rose and Stanley ( Archie 's parents), civil rights movement, New York Riots, the Kennedy assignation, Columbia University, journalism, race:, ( black& white relationships equally), justice, bullying, lots of sex, friends of Archi really stand out- like Noah from his childhood and many others, Aunt Mildred was an nteresting character ...

( the year life got interesting and was changing), The humor was great and not forced, the adness was real, the warmth was real, The first trip that Archi and Amy take to Paris is wonderful, Lots of academic appreciation and literature, This book gave me some nostalgia for trees.

An ambitious novel -- one that is best to read when- not- feeling rushed.

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And, of course, thank you to Paul Auster for writing with the ravery and the talent to create something completely different in a way that is accessible and eminently readable for everyone.4 3 2 1 is a very simila book; I have never read anything remotely like it in my reading life.

They were for me at first, but the writing is so rich and flowing that these concept are not detrimental at all and actually became part of the tory 's charm.Archie Ferguson is endearing in all his parallel lives, from his babyhood to young boyhood and through each lifespan.

There are multiple charged situations and radical pursuits of change from the 1960 ’ s and 1970 ’ s included throughout the stories.There is much to think about in this novel; so many partially-recalled events that were courageously brought to life in these novels.

Why not write four separate books instead of four parallel books in one?

Maybe Auster could have been writing about himself when he wrote Archie ’ s emotion: Why attempt to do such a thing?

Because Ferguson wanted to test himself against the unknown and see if he could survive the struggle.I think it is apparent that Mr. Auster did test himself against the unknown with this novel, and he survived this particular struggle with wit, grace, umour, and exceptionally splendid writing.

I recommend this ook to someone who is open to the challenge of reading a nove that is different, a memoi that is long, that challenges and expands our thoughts and feelings throughout, and to someon who is unable to suspend judgement in favor of discernment.

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It is proving nearly impossible for me to write a coherent review of a book this large ( both in page count and in scope), so I am going to concentrate on a few guy that I kept thinking about since finishing it.This is Archie Fergusen 's story, told in four alternating timelines.

They are all allowed to make mistakes, to grow from those mistakes and to be complete people- even if they are not the focus of this grand work.While the book is very long, it never felt indulgent in its wordiness- the story Auster wants to tell can only be told in this grand a scope, even the in-depth analyses of baseball games were necessary.

This is a rare achievement in a genre where I often prefer tighter works to Dickensian ones.It is really nteresting to see what developments Auster sees as inevitable and which parts of Fergusen 's life change depending on the time line.

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I felt that a lot was lost in the actual writing of it.4 3 2 1 is the tory of Archie Ferguson.

I will say that I was really please with how Paul Auster set out each different version of Archie – each personality was very distinguishable, even though they were inherently the same person.

At las I thought Paul Auster was trying to convey that that was how a young teenager speaks, but as each version of Archie grew older, he continued to speak in the same manner rambling on about othing and it made me razy.

I would think that certain versions of him, the writer; the ournalist, would speak in shorter, more concise sentences and fully formed thoughts and that did not happen.

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This is a marvelous and intelligent in depth look at the 4 different lives of the jewish Ferguson born in March 1947 to Stanley and Rose.

Set in New York and New Jersey, it is a ovel full of detai, it begins with giving us the disparate backgrounds and families of store owner Stanley and photographer Rose.

What Auster does is bring home how each different decision and event changes the life of Ferguson through an intense and tumultuous period of American ocial and political history of the 1960s up until the early 1970s.

ifferent events in the family mark each Ferguson, such as the eath of his son in a arson attack on the store.

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I ’ ve read quite a bit of Auster ’ s work over the weeks, mainly his novels but also some of his non-fiction output too.

I ’ ve imbibed quite a bit of biographical detail in this time from books such as Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure and The Red Notebook: True Stories and consequently I can see that a good deal of the content herein is based on the write ’ s own passions and experiences.

Given the same start point for each of the four lives it follows that the paths diverge as a consequence of random events which lead each Archie to follow a different route.

This an can certainly write! If, like me, you think you ’ ve missed out on many of the literary works that you you feel- or have been told- you should have read then there is a veritable crib sheet of titles here.

In fact, one of the Furguson ’ s has a list of one hundred books he must read drafted for him.

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Essentially it struck me as four different drafts of the same half-finished novel.

It remained for me four different drafts of a half-finished and not very enthralling novel.

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