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  • Title: Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • ISBN: 9780805054064
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the story of a young man s struggle to stay afloat By turns poignant and comic, Paul Auster s memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money and what it means not to have it From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art, and describes his ingenious, often farfetched atteThis is the story of a young man s struggle to stay afloat By turns poignant and comic, Paul Auster s memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money and what it means not to have it From one odd job to the next, from one failed scheme to another, Auster investigates his own stubborn compulsion to make art, and describes his ingenious, often farfetched attempts to survive on next to nothing From the streets of New York City and Paris to the rural roads of Upstate New York, the author treats us to a series of remarkable adventures and unforgettable encounters and, in several elaborate appendixes, to previously unknown work from these years Here are three plays that contain the seeds of inspiration for some of Auster s future work, a tabletop baseball game complete with cards and rules , and a pseudonymous detective novel the author s first full length novel Each is an example of Auster s effort to make money each is an illustration of the artist s mind at work The result is a book of manifold delights and discoveries, an autobiography that resembles no other.
    Hand to Mouth A Chronicle of Early Failure This is the story of a young man s struggle to stay afloat By turns poignant and comic Paul Auster s memoir is essentially an autobiographical essay about money and what it means not to have it From

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    1. This was a reread, and this second time around was just as good as the first time Hand to Mouth is one of Paul Auster s autobiographies This one his first one out of two, if I m not mistaken is very controversial as it deals with Auster s failure of a life and career during his twenties Auster lays out the bare facts and hides nothing, and it s refreshing to read this honest account However, what s peculiar about this autobiography is that only 125 pages is the actual autobiography The rest of t [...]

    2. view spoiler I felt too young to settle down, too full of other plans to waste my time earning money than I either wanted or needed This isn t a question of apples and oranges but of two kinds of apples, both the same shade of green All my savings went into that trip Birthday money, graduation money, bar mitzvah money, the little bits I d hoarded from summer jobs 13 If I thought about earning a living at all, it was only in a fitful, haphazard sort of way His job was to laugh at Teddy s j [...]

    3. God knows what impelled someone at Le Monde to call this flimsy and indifferent work one of the most original and audacious autobiographies ever written by a writer In fact, from its writing, you d never guess Auster made his living as a novelist or even as a newspaper staff member reporting on hit and runs and smog levels From the first line to the very last, this book is a manual on how not to write.He had lots of experiences none of which he deigns to mention , met many people whom he never i [...]

    4. A salto mata es una novela corta que narra los duros inicios de Paul Auster en el mundo de la escritura Paul Auster nos cuenta sus problemas con el dinero, cuya falta le llev casi al desastre Tuvo que realizar diversos trabajos tripulante en un petrolero, traductor, cr tico, etc , ninguno de los cu les tienen nada que ver con el trabajo de escritor, pero que sin embargo le ayudan a conocer a todo tipo de personas Todas estas experiencias vitales repercutir n en su narrativa futura, conformando a [...]

    5. Li este livro por duas casualidades primeiro, recebi este livro de oferta na compra de outro, e depois decidi l lo agora devido a uma iniciativa no , o National Readathon Day, em que nos compromet amos a ler durante um certo per odo no dia 24 de janeiro escolhi o por ser pequeno e me parecer que a leitura devesse ser r pida De Paul Auster, ainda s li um livro, O Livro das Ilus es, que adorei Lembro me de alguns contornos da hist ria, o que extremamente positivo uma vez que j l v o 10 anos Tornou [...]

    6. A pathetic self serving attempt by an otherwise very good writer There is nothing of worth in this memoir For a person of Auster s literary stature, I am surprised he would want this out there It just was not that interesting and it was written as chronological straight reportage In the long run, this will not help Auster s standing in the literary canon.

    7. In the three and a half years I lived in France, I had any number of jobs, bounced from one part time gig to another, freelanced until I was blue in the face When I didn t have work, I was looking for work When I had work, I was thinking about how to find Even at the best of times, I rarely earned enough to feel secure, and yet in spite of one or two close calls, I managed to avoid total ruin It was, as they say, a hand to mouth existence Rather than lament failure, Hand to Mouth is in many way [...]

    8. Segundo livro que leio de Paul Auster e que n o me consegue cativar na totalidade N o sei se a escrita, se s o os temas, a verdade que n o me conseguem entusiasmar Da M o para a Boca a autobiografia de Auster nos anos antes de ele ser conhecido e fala dos m ltiplos falhan os que o autor sofreu at ser quem hoje.Embora tenha reconhecido a ideia de quem luta pelos seus sonhos consegue alcan los, mesmo depois de muitas e dolorosas quedas, a verdade que achei aquele Paul Auster de vinte e tal anos um [...]

    9. For me Paul Auster is a literary godfather Not only is he a key to New York with his New York settings, particularly my favourite The Brooklyn Follies, but he is also, like me fascinated by synchronicity and coincidence From the stories in The Red Notebook it was obvious that fame hadn t come quickly to Paul Auster In Hand to Mouth we find out just how much a struggle it was Here is the opening paragraph In my late twenties and early thirties, I went through a period of several years where every [...]

    10. Paul Auster in okudu um ikinci kitab Cebi Delik yazar n otobiyografik eseridir 1997 y l nda yazm ama kitapta 1981 82 y l na kadar olan hayat yani 35 y ll k hayat n , ok ilgin bir yazar ilgi ekecek bir hayat hikayesi paran n yoklu unun bir insan hayat n nas l ekillendirdi ini ya da etkiledi ini ac bir ekilde anlat yor ilk kitab 1982 de bas ld Polisiye i erikli ve maddi yokluk y z nden sadece para kazanma ama l 3 ayda yazd taklit kurgulardan esinlenmi bir hikaye ve bu kitab n son sayfas nda kitapt [...]

    11. Not really accurately subtitled, as Auster goes long stretches being fine financially And oddly enough, he writes nothing at all about his climb out of penury I was looking forward to him detailing his process for writing The New York Trilogy, but the book simply peters out before this event The best part though, is his incredibly visceral dislike for overweight women, a gaggle of which he encounters at Big Mary s Place in Tampa, Florida Auster describes the scene in a number of ways, some of my [...]

    12. I seriously loved this book, but it speaks to me personally, which it may not do for everyone I see a lot of similarities between myself and Auster, who writes here a memoir of his life through his twenties the narrative revolves around Auster s interest in being a writer and his journeys in youth and the way the need for solvency affected those journeys and the choices he made in life I think it s a wonderful novel for anyone interested in becoming a writer It outlines, in an energetic a compel [...]

    13. I m not sure how to rate this book because I didn t dislike it but I also don t want to say it was okay Most of it seemed rather plain and pointless The autobiography portion didn t really offer any great insights into anything, the baseball card game was of no interest to me, and the three plays were cringe inducing Having said that, the detective novel isn t the worst thing I ve ever read, but it had too much about baseball in it for my liking When it comes to baseball, I prefer none The tough [...]

    14. disappointing the first 100 or so pages were indeed autobiographical and enjoyable and you can see where he gets alot of his ideas for his novels especially the last two I ve just read where there is a young male student protagonist in anguish Moon Palace and Invisible But then the rest of the book is made up of his early works including a failed enterprise at launching a baseball card game none of which I read than a few pages of It seems that this book was just bunged together with an excelle [...]

    15. En este libro Paul Auster nos comparte como lo har a a un amigo Con esa emoci n que dan sus primeras experiencias para atender al llamado interior a ser escritor.Su compartir, nos lleva por su etapa de avances y retrocesos y de c mo fu logrando sobrevivir, con la fuerte educaci n de unos padres que vivieron el periodo de recesi n de los 20 s y donde cada uno tom lo vivido para reaccionar en polos completamente opuestos El padre como un hombre que no gastaba mas que en lo estrictamente necesario [...]

    16. The first 130 of 450 pages is Auster s autobiography, detailing his home life, his early jobs, his depression over not amounting to anything, and finally his first steps to the road to success as a writer He wrote the movie Smoke among other things The rest of the book is made up of some of his prose Here tis Laurel And Hardy Go To Heaven, which is basically Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Waiting For Godot And Building a Wall For Some Reason Blackouts, a weird hard boiled version of the same e [...]

    17. No estoy muy seguro de como lleg sta obra a mi biblioteca, pero de plano no es lo mejor que se pueda leer de Auster Se supone que es un intento de autobiograf a, y supongo que cumple con creces su prop sito, sin embargo no es comparable a otros trabajos del autor No s , se siente como algo hueco, como un simple ejercicio de escritura, pero no como un trabajo digno de pasar a la historia.Creo que es bueno para los fans de Auster que est n interesados en el periodo previo a su consolidaci n No dej [...]

    18. Classic Auster I enjoyed learning about the author s eccentric early years, from his family life as a kid to his wanderlust inflected early adulthood There were several appendices that included early works of his, unfortunately I could not read the plays because I despise reading plays However, one of the appendices was an early detective novel that he wrote This is not a type of book I generally I read but I found it clever and very likable.

    19. Er zijn weinig schrijvers wiens leven altijd geheel in het teken van het schrijven heeft gestaan Paul Auster is n van die zeldzame schrijvers Hij verhaalt hiervan onder meer in Van de hand in de tand Ik had geen concrete behoeften wat betreft materieel bezit, en het vooruitzicht van armoede boezemde me geen angst in Het enige wat ik verlangde was een kans om het werk te doen waarvan ik meende dat ik het in me had.

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