By Paul Auster

ISBN-10: 1627794468

ISBN-13: 9781627794466

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“An epic bildungsroman . . . . Original and intricate . . . . A monumental assemblage of competing and complementary fictions, a singular that contains multitudes.”
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“A stunningly ambitious novel, and a excitement to read. . . . An incredibly moving, actual journey.”―NPR

Paul Auster’s maximum, such a lot heartbreaking and pleasurable novel―a sweeping and remarkable tale of birthright and hazard, of affection and of lifestyles itself.

Nearly weeks early, on March three, 1947, within the maternity ward of Beth Israel clinic in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the only and merely baby of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that unmarried starting, Ferguson’s existence will take 4 simultaneous and autonomous fictional paths. 4 exact Fergusons made up of an analogous DNA, 4 boys who're an analogous boy, cross directly to lead 4 parallel and completely diverse lives. kin fortunes diverge. Athletic talents and intercourse lives and friendships and highbrow passions distinction. every one Ferguson falls below the spell of the outstanding Amy Schneiderman, but every one Amy and every Ferguson have a courting like no different. in the meantime, readers will absorb each one Ferguson’s pleasures and soreness from each one Ferguson’s pains, because the mortal plot of every Ferguson’s lifestyles rushes on.

As artistic and dexterously developed as whatever Paul Auster has ever written, but with a keenness for realism and a good tenderness and fierce attachment to background and to existence itself that readers have by no means noticeable from Auster ahead of. 4 three 2 1 is a wonderful and unforgettably affecting journey de force.

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Not only does it appear as an entry in the all-inclusive, authorized edition of The Book of Terrestrial Life, but it can also be found in the Manhattan Hall of Records, where the ledger informs us that Rose Adler and Stanley Ferguson were married on April 6, 1944, exactly two months before the Allied invasion of Normandy. We know what Rose decided, then, but how and why she came to her decision was a complex matter. Numerous elements were involved, each one working in concert with and in opposition to the others, and because she was of two minds about all of them, it turned out to be a trying, tormented week for Ferguson’s future mother.

If Stanley was upset by their actions, he never complained, for the laws of the universe prohibited complaining about one’s brothers, and even if Home World’s profits were somewhat lower than they would have been without the expense of Lew and Arnold’s salaries, the business was well in the black, and once the war ended in another year or two, the picture would be even brighter, for television would be coming in then, and the brothers would be the first boys on the block to sell them. No, Stanley wasn’t a rich man yet, but for some time now his income had been growing steadily, and when he met Rose on that October night in 1943, he was certain the best days were still to come.

It was true that he managed to find a wife for himself just after his twenty-sixth birthday, and it was also true that this wife, Fanny, née Grossman, bore him three robust and healthy sons, but life in America remained a struggle for Ferguson’s grandfather from the day he walked off the boat until the night of March 7, 1923, when he met an early, unexpected death at the age of forty-two—gunned down in a holdup at the leather-goods warehouse in Chicago where he had been employed as a night watchman.

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