Here and Now

Here and Now

Letters, 2008-2011

Book - 2013
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Correspondence between two authors over three years, offering a portrait of their lives and touching on a variety of subjects ranging from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, and from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, published by the Penguin Group, ©2013
ISBN: 9780670026661
Branch Call Number: 816.6 AUS 2013
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Coetzee, J. M. 1940-


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Cdnbookworm Jun 14, 2013

I love Paul Auster, but haven't yet read any of Coetzee's novels. The two authors haven't met often, but they connected and decided to begin a correspondence. While they do talk about writing, their conversation ranges widely from current events to sports, politics to health, friendship to films. They are both very bright men, and I found it interesting to see how they fed off of each other, enlarging their own views as the consider what the other has said. I found that my own thoughts on these topics were awakened and went in interesting directions too. Of course, even in letters, these two are good writers and that is part of the book's appeal too. I found that it was a book I wanted to read slowly, so I could digest and think about what they wrote. To enjoy the writing, and the experience.

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