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4 3 2 1 author Paul AustFerguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA four boys who are the same boy go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives Family fortunes diverge Athletic skills and sex lives and friendships and intellectual passions contrast Each Ferguson falls under the spell of the magnificent Amy Schneiderman yet each Amy and each Ferguson have a relationship like no oth I’ve read uite a bit of Auster’s work over the years mainly his novels but also some of his non fiction output too I’ve imbibed uite a bit of biographical detail in this time from books such as Hand to Mouth A Chronicle of Early Failure and The Red Notebook True Stories and conseuently I can see that a good deal of the content herein is based on the author’s own passions and experiences A uick list would throw up his love of novels poetry films and baseball his college education at Columbia and his time spent in Paris where he lived in a top floor maids room But there are other elements too such as a real life incident he’s talked about a good deal in which at the age of fourteen a young boy next to him was struck by lightening and killed So is this book just a big biographical tome No its much much than that The novel tells the story of four parallel lives of Archibald ‘Archie’ Ferguson born of Russian Jewish descent in New Jersey in 1947 Given the same start point for each of the four lives it follows that the paths diverge as a result of random events which lead each Archie to follow a different route All the Archies are interested in films sport politics and above all books – in fact they all aspire to become writers There are actually many similarities with regard to the lives lived such as some of the people they meet and a number of events that impact all of their lives but the relationships between characters is different and Archie’s involvement in the common events and their impact on him deviate significantly The result is we have four different stories each using the same timeline broadly the same geography and many of the same characters Some of the routes Archie takes are down to blind luck good or bad but at other times it’s subtler often the path is influenced by the brilliantly observed interactions with and behaviours of people who surround him Each tale is told in alternating chapters so we get to see four versions of a small section of his life before repeating the process If this sounds like there could be repetition then that’s because there is – of some key events But remember that we see these events through different eyes each with an altered involvement in the given occurrence At some points it does feel like the chosen structure slows progress to a crawl but any reservations I have about this are than offset by the pure enjoyment I got from the author’s prose This man can certainly writeIf like me you think you’ve missed out on many of the literary works that you you feel or have been told you should have read then there is a veritable crib sheet of titles here In fact one of the Furguson’s has a list of one hundred books he must read drafted for him I’m not sure I’ll get to many if any of these but curiosity may drive me to seek out at least one or two The fact is that Auster’s love of the written word leaps off the page This is a book for lovers of books It a huge book at nearly nine hundred pages and therefore it’s a significant enterprise for any reader to take on However it’s written in a straightforward style and as long as readers can keep track of the four storylines I kept notes then I feel there’s nothing off putting here Ok there are some very long sentences with uite a few words I’d never come across before but I really did feel that the narrative flow was well controlled The inventiveness and imagination demonstrated by Auster will come as no surprise to seasoned readers of his books and there are some brilliant thoughts and insights on all sorts of issues literary works and on life in general And above all I became so invested in the lives of Ferguson that I became truly emotional when each tale had run its course A good read No it's than that – a masterpiece as far as I’m concernedMy thanks to Faber and Faber and NetGalley for providing an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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4 3 2 1 author Paul Auster kindle ´ Audible Audio read ☆ Narrated by Paul Auster Length 37 hrs Unabridged Audiobook Astonishing a masterpiece Paul Auster’s greatest most satisfying most vivid and heartbreaking novel a sweeping and surprising story of inheritance family love and life itselfNearly two weeks early on March 3Er Meanwhile readers will take in each Ferguson’s pleasures and ache from each Ferguson’s pains as the mortal plot of each Ferguson’s life rushes onAs inventive and dexterously constructed as anything Paul Auster has ever written yet with a passion for realism and a great tenderness and fierce attachment to history and to life itself that readers have never seen from Auster before 4 3 2 1 is a marvelous and unforgettably affecting tour de for 4321 narrates four versions of one young man’s life how it might have differed given small altered circumstances This wore me down Instead of becoming engaged I was exasperated by it at about pg 700 I kept thinking I could have read three novels in the time it took me to wade through this Essentially it struck me as four different drafts of the same half finished novel I kept waiting for the Eureka moment when the four narratives would suddenly shed light on each other and blaze into a brilliant whole but it never happened It remained for me four different drafts of a half finished and not very enthralling novel In fact I can’t really say I understood what the purpose of the novel was It’s a very American novel and as such will probably appeal if you live on the other side of the Atlantic And even so if you grew up in the 1960s as it’s liberally strewn with news items from American life in that decade For me the bottom line was I wasn’t enthralled by any of the narratives which were all very predictable portraits of the young artist We get his home life his college life his political convictions his love life but with a sense of having heard it all before Its saving grace was the high uality of the proseThanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy in exchange for an honest review

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Narrated by Paul Auster Length 37 hrs Unabridged Audiobook Astonishing a masterpiece Paul Auster’s greatest most satisfying most vivid and heartbreaking novel a sweeping and surprising story of inheritance family love and life itselfNearly two weeks early on March 3 1947 in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark New Jersey Archibald Isaac Ferguson the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson is born From that single beginning 1 2 3 4Archibald Isaac Ferguson 900 pages about this guyArchinope 900 pages about THIS guyFergusonno THIS guyArchi FergusonI lied this story is about THIS guy4 3 2 1BLAST OFF This novel comes with 'surgeon general warnings' Its risky business being 'under the influence' of 4 3 2 1 It's possible to get an unbearableheadache have insomnia muscles might ache and a reader might begin to feel fatigue AFTER the first 22 hours of listening to Paul Auster as steamy awesome as Paul Auster is Our brain begins to comedown from the euphoric excitement as the readers drug stimulant begins to wane Even though the 'Excitement High' is an escapable part of the reading journey 4 3 2 1 is a phenomenal an unforgettable TRIP Overall A WONDERFUL AUDIOBOOK experience TRUE CONFESSIONS FROM a 4 3 2 1 'devotee''junkie''fanatic' I feel like I've been married to two men with the name 'Paul' for the past few weeks My husband Paul started to get a little annoyed at Paul #2 He was ready for 'the guest' to go home I have no idea why MY PAUL turned off Paul Auster when he was telling us about Archie writing about Baseball for his High School paper in New Jersey Why wasn't MY PAUL jumping up and down with excitement Had 'my Paul' been in the room listening to a scene when Archie was at Camp Paradise believe me he would not have turned off the audiobook THIRTY NINE PLUS hours of listening to an audiobook no matter how sexy charming and AWESOME my new audio husband was and no matter how ENGAGING it was to follow the life of Ferguson his family his passions his relationships his hygiene and eating habits his sex life and his love for Amy Schneiderman 39 hours is a LOT OF TIME OUT OF A PERSON'S life My original plans were to spend hours listening while hiking the trails However unexpectedly mother nature played a trick on California It's only stopped raining for about 2 3 hours 'total' in the past month I had no idea I would become a house prisoner audiobook listener So I re adjusted my plans So what do I think is so wonderful about 4 3 2 1 Honestly spending as much time as I did with this book almost 40 hours feels like a love affair Ferguson was born in March 1947 The family richness engages us at the beginningThe writing IS gorgeous Paul Auster reads gorgeously This book has EVERYTHINGI see a mini series a terrific television dramaI have a few 'goldenbox' favorite parts Some of the stories are soooo darn good that it's that drug effect againa satisfying high So that when other parts of this book were good but not earthshaking I noticed I was waiting for another RUSH I was 'hooked' on the desserts hidden in this novelThe BEST advantage for investing long hours to the audiobook I spent an enormous amount of my OFF time 'thinking' about the characters and the relationships in this story I enjoyed this process tooMuch to lovein no particular order The history of this entire book Furguson's mind his intelligence his independent thinking where it mattered trusting himself over a teacher and adults than half his age Lots of passion about books writing poetry art music movies the entire experience of sitting in the balcony eating hot dogs and popcorn with his mom for hours photography a special photograph of Ferguson accidents sickness death affairs divorce re marriages camp school sports college the war drinking drugs schools politics Jews foods Jewish foods Rose and Stanley Archie's parents civil rights movement New York Riots the Kennedy assignation Columbia University journalism raceblack white relationships eually justice bullying lots of sex friends of Archi really stand out like Noah from his childhood and many others Aunt Mildred was an interesting character loved the grandparents cousins and extended families 1965 the year life got interesting and was changing The humor was great and not forced the sadness was real the warmth was real The first trip that Archi and Amy take to Paris is wonderful Lots of academic appreciation and literature This book gave me some nostalgia for trees I LOVED the shoe orgy story and The elevator story Archie's first book an accomplishment with the deepest fulfillment Sunday mornings eggs bagels and the newspaper good times Saturday's with Amy were days I would enjoy I also thought about Ferguson being in the wrong place at the wrong time I thought about a few times in my own life where I felt the same thing A split second can change the direction of your life The interview at the end of the audiobook with Paul Auster is heartwarming and interesting An ambitious novel one that is best to read when not feeling rushed Or why bother There is much to enjoy in the same way we enjoy slow cooking Savor the meal Enjoy the get a way It can feel every bit like a vacation with HIGH moments and uiet moments 499 stars