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Unformatted text preview: The New York Trilogy By Paul Auster Ghosts Ghosts , like City of Glass , suggests transparency, it suggests a transcendental truth sort of an ideal logocentric relationship between signifier and signified. It also contains a lack of substance kind of like being a Ghost of City of Glass.- Its in the detective genre but stripped downwe dont get names we get colors. Auster forces the reader to see the function of characters not of people. The opening line of City of Glass is deceptivewhereas the story is based on a detective story thats supposed to have a beginning, middle, and end. The opening line of Ghost is equally as deceptive as it reads rather biblical in the style of Genesis (playing off the origin):- First of all theres blue. Later there is white, and then there is black, and before the beginning there is brown. In City of Glass we have a writer who is forced to become a detective and in Ghosts , we have a detective who is forced to become a writer. Blue, the detective, is unable to comprehend the facts of the case and what he wants to do is that he wants to become the author of the subject whether its an event or the situation or the self. In order to become the author of the subject he is looking for origin, he is looking for meaning, he is looking for truth, or he is looking for the self. As he is looking for the self, his modern identity unravels. We have a man named Blue is commissioned by White to keep Black under constant watch from a room across the street. Blue is not told why he is watching Black, who is writing a book. As the days pass Blue finds himself in a position of a man condemned to sit in a room alone reading about a man that is alone writing a book. Its a sort of mirror image. There are moments when the characters are in and out of each otherwhen Blue cant tell the difference between himself and Black.- As time passes, Blue grows more and more discouraged. Hes not used to sitting around like this (page 166)- He had never given much thought to the world inside him. (page 171) o This troubles Blue greatly because it is a foreign feeling to him and hes beginning to see himself.- For in spying out at Black across the street, it is as though Blue were looking into a mirror, and instead of merely watching another, he finds that he is also watching himself. (page 172) He puts forth these theories about the job he was hired to dothis is where the writing comes in when you dont have an explaination about whats happen, you come up with stories to try to find the truth. As Blue tries to - He knows that more than anything else he would like to learn the real story. (page 173) He tries to capture the essence of Black in his report but language fails him and he is unable to capture the real....
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course ENGL 3354 taught by Professor Hogue during the Spring '06 term at University of Houston.
- Spring '06