Sunday, January 21, 2007
Folly and Fiction, Fiction and Life
I once had an undergraduate student who refused, adamantly, to read fiction because she said the characters always made such a mess of their lives, either because of the sort of people they were, or because of the poor judgments they made. She had decided that fictional people made poor role models for the kind of life she aspired to lead. But folly is an inescapable part of the human condition, as Paul Auster reminds us in this, his 10th novel, and the sheer mess and unpredictability of life should be fully relished.
Read the rest of my review of Paul Auster's The Brooklyn Follies from today's StarMag here.
(Incidentally, the student I mention here was, very gradually, won over!)