4 3 2 1

Paul Auster ha scritto una sinfonia maestosa suonando i tasti del destino e del caso: un libro che mette d'accordo Borges e Dickens, un'avventura vertiginosa e scatenata, unica e molteplice come la vita di ognuno.

Cosa sarebbe stato della nostra vita se invece di quella scelta ne avessimo fatta un'altra? Che persone saremmo oggi se quel giorno non avessimo perso il treno, se avessimo risposto al saluto di quella ragazza, se ci fossimo iscritti a quell'altra scuola, se ... Ogni vita nasconde, e protegge, dentro di sé tutte le altre che non si sono realizzate, che sono rimaste solo potenziali. E così ogni individuo conserva al suo interno, come clandestini su una nave di notte, le ombre di tutte le altre persone che sarebbe potuto diventare. La letteratura, e il romanzo in particolare, ha da sempre esplorato la « vita virtuale »: non la vita dei computer, ma i destini alternativi a quelli che il caso o la storia hanno deciso, quasi che attraverso la lettura si riesca a fare esperienza di esistenze alternative. Paul Auster ha deciso di prendere alla lettera questo compito che la letteratura si è data: e ha scritto il suo capolavoro. 4 3 2 1 è il romanzo di tutte le vite di Archie Ferguson, quella che ha avuto e quelle che avrebbe potuto avere. Fin dalla nascita Archie imbocca quattro sentieri diversi che porteranno a vite diverse e singolarmente simili, con elementi che ritornano ogni volta in una veste diversa: tutti gli Archie, ad esempio, subiranno l'incantesimo della splendida Amy. Auster racconta le quattro vite possibili di Archie in parallelo, come fossero quattro libri in uno, costruendo un'opera monumentale, dal fascino vertiginoso e dal passo dickensiano, per il brulicare di vita e di personaggi. Ma c' è molto altro in 4 3 2 1: c' è la scoperta del sesso e della poesia, ci sono le proteste per i diritti civili e l'assassinio di Kennedy, c' è lo sport e il Sessantotto, c' è Parigi e c' è New York, c' è tutta l'opera di Auster, come un grande bilancio della maturità, e ci sono tutti i maestri che l'hanno ispirato, c' è il fato e la fatalità, c' è la morte e il desiderio.
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Published October 10th 2017 by Einaudi (first published January 31st 2017
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It 's likely 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 characte and the relationships in this tory.

( 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 ovement, 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 emotion 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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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 sens of stimulating way either though you ’ d think a novell about a character living four parallel lives would.I ’ ve got a lot of time for Paul Auster but I ’ m disappointe I found this a self-indulgent and ultimately pointless novel.

Auster ’ s ero, by ontrast, 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 protagonists.

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 contrived 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 likeabl I didn ’ t understand why things turned out differently in the various versions.

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I ’ ve read quite a bit of Auster ’ s work over the week, 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 poet ’ s own passions and experiences.

Given the same start point for each of the four lives it follows that the paths diverge as a caus 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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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 disappointed 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 irst 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 ma.

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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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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