The Music of Chance

In a Pennsylvania meadow, a young fireman and an angry gambler are forced to build a wall of fifteenth century stone For Jim Nashe, it all started when he came into a small inheritance and left Boston in pusuit of a life of freedom Careening back and forth across the United States, waiting for the money to run out, Nashe met Jack Pozzi, a young man with a temper and aIn a Pennsylvania meadow, a young fireman and an angry gambler are forced to build a wall of fifteenth century stone For Jim Nashe, it all started when he came into a small inheritance and left Boston in pusuit of a life of freedom Careening back and forth across the United States, waiting for the money to run out, Nashe met Jack Pozzi, a young man with a temper and a plan With Nashe s last funds, they entered a poker game against two rich eccentrics, risking everything on the single turn of a card In Paul Auster s world of fiendish bargains and punitive whims, where chance is a shifting and powerful force, there is redemption, nonetheless, in Nashe s resolute quest for justice and his capacity for love.
The Music of Chance In a Pennsylvania meadow a young fireman and an angry gambler are forced to build a wall of fifteenth century stone For Jim Nashe it all started when he came into a small inheritance and left Boston

  • Title: The Music of Chance
  • Author: Paul Auster
  • ISBN: 9780571203031
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Music of Chance”

    1. SO DA DOVE VIENE QUESTA MUSICANon il primo libro scritto da Auster, ma il suo primo che ho letto, quello che me l’ha fatto conoscere e frequentare (da lettore) per diversi anni. Mi mise dentro una voglia fortissima di continuare a leggerlo, e per questo inseguii a lungo la cosiddetta trilogia di New York (‘Città di vetro’, ‘Fantasmi’ e ‘La stanza chiusa’) che all’epoca era fuori catalogo (Rizzoli).Poi, fu finalmente ristampata da Einaudi.Mandy Patinkin nel ruolo di Nashe e James [...]

    2. An enigmatic parable for the age of debtocracy A farce that can be read as a thriller, a thriller that can be read as a farce An absurdist version of Hubris and Nemesis Chance is fate, fate is chance

    3. This book is essentially about some men building a wall. Admittedly it is portrayed as the most sinister episode of landscape gardening that there ever was, but nonetheless it is still, inherently about two men building a wall. How do you make landscape gardening sinister? Here is the recipe:Take one sticky situation.Add two desperate chancersMix in two mendacious and sinister old men (soft on the outside but hard as nails on the inside for the desired texture)Sprinkle on some moneyShake things [...]

    4. What is a human fate? Is it a preset pattern decided by some divine providence from above? Or is it just a hellish roulette?“It was one of those random, accidental encounters that seem to materialize out of thin air – a twig that breaks off in the wind and suddenly lands at your feet. Had it occurred at any other moment, it is doubtful that Nashe would have opened his mouth. But because he had already given up, because he figured there was nothing to lose anymore, he saw the stranger as a re [...]

    5. In the early zeros, when I worked at the village IGA, Georges, one of the older baggers, came back from lunch with a stricken look on his face. He held up a receipt he found crumpled up by the bank machine across the street."Hey. Check!" he said, holding it too close to my face. "Balance $200,000 tabarnak! My life is fucking garbage and always will be fucking garbage."An unhappy bagger can make for a long afternoon, so I examined the paper, clapped a chapped hand on his shoulder and said, "Only [...]

    6. Another enmeshing, enticing, and enigmatic novel from Paul Auster, and one that features yet again a gent infected with the peregrine spirit, unconcerned about such typically weighty matters as steady employment, pursuing a family life, establishing communal roots, etc. This time the narrator, one Jim Nashe—a man who, upon receiving an unexpected inheritance, opts to abandon his young family in order to aimlessly meander about the young country in the purpose of blowing the entirety of his sta [...]

    7. Another strange but absorbing read from one of America's finest, its a little on the short side but is instantly recognisable as Auster. Featuring oddball eccentric characters and elements of The Brothers Grimm and Samuel Beckett, its quite a straight forward story basically about a couple of guys losing a game of poker then building a wall as a way to clear the debt, its told in a way that makes it feel like a surreal fable. There is also a shocking ending I didn't see coming. For fans it's a w [...]

    8. I think that I had an absolute brainstorm in reading this book. Do I love it? Do I hate it? I really don't know but frustration kept me continuing my reading marathon and this to me is sheer insanity. Imagine a man, Jim Nashe, who has inherited a small fortune. He wasn't unhappy working in the Fire Department but he was separated from his wife and this is where the insanity begins.With this serendipitous money, Nashe buys a new car and goes on a mad driving trip through the States. He is a man d [...]

    9. This book left with so much thinking to do and had so many philosophical metaphors that I ended up pushing it on my friends, fully thinking that I had their best interest in mind. But when I actually, thought about it I realized that what I really wanted was someone to discuss the book with. I wanted to talk about the characters and the metaphor and what it was all really trying to say. Yeah, this is a fabulous book. It deals with existentialism, freedom and captivity, chance and coincidence and [...]

    10. نمیدونم چرا تا آخرش خوندم:(کتابی ضعیف از پل آسترانتظار این همه بد بودن رو نداشتمهیچ چیز نداشت این کتاب جز مکالمه های بی سر وته که چیزی برای یادگرفتن نداشتالبته دوسه تا جمله بود که خوب بودن ولی در کل کتاب خوبی نبودبه امید کتاب بهتری از آستر:)

    11. Pennsylvania in the 80's. 33-y/o Jim Nashe is a bum newly divorced dad who inherited almost US$200,000 from his dead dad who he did not see for almost 30 years. He resigned from his work as a fireman, bought an expensive Saab (car), threw a couple of parties, left his 4-y/o daughter Juliette to his sister Donna and drove around aimlessly across the USA. He likes music (he plays the piano) so he has lots of cassette tapes (this is in the 80s) in the car. The long drives while the music is on seem [...]

    12. Paul’da bir şey var. Öyle bir şey var ki, beni hapsediyor. Tesadüflerin Adamı diye isim takmıştım bir aralar. Sıkılmadığım, dikkatimi dağıtmadan okuduğum o nadir yazarların başında geliyor.

    13. Per calcare la mano sul suo tema più caro, "il potere sconfinato del Caso", Paul Auster propone in questo romanzo una sequela di situazioni e di eventi più che mai strani, strampalati, gratuiti.Non solo il Caso, in effetti, anche la fantasia ha un potere sconfinato, se lasciata libera, e sa produrre di tutto: con grande facilità, per dire, una brutta storia, un brutto libro. Il fatto è che, mentre il Caso ha un potere sconfinato che ci domina, la fantasia, quando si scrive, deve (dovrebbe) e [...]

    14. By far the best book I have read of Auster. The characters are brought deeper and deeper into a prison made up of their own careless acts of chance.The ending reminded me of Kafka's "The Trial" - just as one sees light at the end of the tunnel, a random event changes everything - just like the game of poker in the begining

    15. "Die Musik des Zufalls" ist ebenso kurz wie merkwürdig. Paul Auster, meisterlicher Autor in schwermütigen Charaktergeschichten und surrealen Wendungen, nutzt hier die missliche Position zweier Männer zu einem sehr andersartigen Stück über Werte, Schulden und Vergeltung. Mehrfach wird die Geschichte komplett auf den Kopf gestellt, das eigentlich langsame Tempo an einigen Stellen extrem beschleunigt. Und wenn am Ende das Buch so abrupt endet wie es begann, dann hat sicher weder ein Kreis gesc [...]

    16. El primer tercio me ha parecido malillo, lleno de clichés de otras road movies y novelas del estilo. A partir de al partida de poker, sin embargo, me ha empezado a interesar mucho, y la segunda mitad entera me ha encantado y la considero de lo mejorcito que he leído de Auster. Siempre que no sé qué leer vuelvo a él y de momento nunca me ha defraudado.

    17. Cuando era muy chico y en la televisión me dedicaba principalmente a ver el cartoon network, un día en la tarde puse HBO mientas comía pan con palta y empecé a ver una pelicula muy extraña. Habia dos tipos que viajaban hasta una mansión my tétrica para jugar poker con otros dos tipos mas tétricos aún que (por alguna razón) tenían una ciudad en miniatura construida dentro de su casa, y que entre otras extrencidades habían importado un castillo desde Europa (piedra por piedra: en el ce [...]

    18. Jim Nashe eredita una cifra discreta ed abbandona Boston ed il lavoro per girare l'America senza scopo e senza meta, sino a quando non incontra un sedicente giocatore di poker professionista - Pozzi - al quale affida i suoi ultimi soldi per sfidare due miliardari, che si presume siano due polli al tavolo verde.Le cose andranno in tutt'altra maniera.Auster come al solito sa creare atmosfere ed ambientazioni inquietanti, creando situazioni "ai confini della realtà" con materiale assolutamente ord [...]

    19. This is a super fun, smart, and ultimately powerful story about chance and money. The tone is both strange and familiar. Much of the dialogue is ripped right out of the experimental crime novels of the 1930s and 40s. The characters are fascinating creeps and lost lovers, and the setting is just bizarre enough to seem both very real and eerily prophetic. It felt timely - re: occupy movement - and timeless - re: chance. A fun roller coaster ride of a plot. Wow talk about texture. This books is it! [...]

    20. وقتي شانس به آدم رو مي كنه، هيچ چيز نمي تونه جلوش بگيره. مثل اينه كه يك دفعه همه ي دنيا سر جايي كه بايد باشه قرار مي گيره. انگار آدم بيرون از خودشه و تمام شب معجزه هاي خودش رو تماشا مي كنه. ديگه ربطي به تو نداره. از دستت خارجه و تا وقتي زياد بهش فكر نكني، اشتباه نمي كني.

    21. I enjoyed my first foray into Auster. I thought this novel was well constructed and delightfully disorientating. I also really enjoyed the absurdist undercurrent. I would have given it five stars were it not for the fact that I found some of the exchanges between Nashe and Pozzi a little grating.

    22. A friend spoke to me once of "concretizing the metaphor" when trying to write evocative and symbolically pregnant prose. Auster manages to do that very effectively in almost all of his works, and The Music of Chance is no exception. No one reading this work could help but be struck by the three cases of concrete metaphor on display here. The first is Stone's City of the World. The second is Flower's museum of unwanted objects, but the third and most compelling is surely The Wall. William Jenning [...]

    23. داستان، داستان شانس آوردن و نیاوردن نیست. داستان این است اگر یکی دو جا شانس آوردی دلیل نمی شود همیشه همان طور باشد. همین طور می شود گفت داستان خواست رهایی و بازگشت به این دنیاست چه در ابتدای آن که پای شخصیت اصلی هنوز به ماجرای اصلی باز نشده و چه بعد از آن. با اینحال موسیقی شانس دا [...]

    24. Very well written, very original. Great book but I just couldnt give it a 10. In my book a 10 or 5 on demands that I buy the book if I havent (I got this from the library) and tell everyone they must read it. I think the character Jack Pozzi "Jackpot" is a pun on Ponzi scheme? Just a guess. I wonder if this is Austers reply to the beatnicks on the road, and what happens if a person does not root down somewhere and commit to something. Look at the relationship that Nashe has with the journalist [...]

    25. خب؟ آخرش که چی؟!‏سوال بالا، سوالی است که می تواند تمام ارزش این کتاب را توضیح دهد، جواب این سوال می تواند حکم به بی ارزش بودن این کتاب بدهد و یا برعکس، دو ستاره ی نازنین را به آن عطا کند. ‏بر خلاف بسیاری که پل استر را پست مدرن می دانند من نمی توانم او را یک پست مدرن تمام و کمال بخو [...]

    26. My favourite Paul Aster novel - and not just because it has poker in it.Jim Nashe, a Boston firefighter, is as solid a guy as there is. But when he unexpectedly comes into a fair sized inheritance the routine of his life is overturned by the possibilities of what he can now do. He quits his job, buys a nice car and drives all over America, leaving his fate to chance and his decisions to the whim of the moment. When the money starts to run out however, Jim can't bring himself to return to his for [...]

    27. auster has a tendency for ambiguous, detached endings that leave you with several questions unanswered and for the stories in the ny trilogy i think it works perfectly, but for this book it kind of left me a might disappointed. he starts to tell a real straight forward story, and it almost seems as though he ran out of ideas towards the end, left a lot of really important questions unanswered, and frantically put together a closing chapter. besides that it was an entertaining read. the character [...]

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