Author: Paul Auster
Translator: Bo-seok Hwang
Hardcover / 404 pages
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About This Book
It will come as no surprise to the gifted Auster's many fans that walking on
air, the implausible premise of his marvelously whimsical seventh novel, is
treated with convincing gravity. Walt Rawley recounts his life: an orphan born
in 1924 with "the gift," he was seized by his master, Mr. Yehudi, a Hungarian
Jew who taught him to levitate. Yehudi takes the boy from St. Louis to his own
Kansas menage, which consists of Mother Sioux and Aesop, a young black genius.
(Also influencing Walt's life is classy, henna-headed Marion Witherspoon, a
seductive mom figure from Wichita.) After harsh training, Walt tours with his
mentor as "the Wonder Boy," aka Mr. Vertigo. Crammed into this road saga is the
potent Americana of myth: the 1920s carnival circuit, Lindbergh's solo, the
motorcar, the ethnic mix, the Ku Klux Klan and the Mob, baseball and Kansas,
"land of Oz." Diverse mishaps descend, but eventually Walt glides into old age
and writing. The characters speak a lusty lingo peppered with vintage slang,
while a postmodern authorial irony tugs their innocence askew. The prose grows
particularly electric when demystifying "loft and locomotion." Implicit is an
analogy between levitation and the construct of fiction: both require fierce
discipline to maintain a fleeting illusion.
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