Sunday, May 06, 2018

Books: Paul Auster's 'Sunset Park' and Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend'

Sunset ParkSunset Park by Paul Auster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paul Auster's "Sunset Park" (2010) gets its name from a Brooklyn neighbourhood where college dropout Miles Heller and other characters are illegally occupying an abandoned house. The 1946 film "The Best Years of Our Lives" (which I haven't watched btw) is also used to link characters followed by the omniscient narrator in various sections. Although its mostly linear narrative and well-etched characters appealed to me, at times I didn't appreciate the baseball trivia and “Sunset Park” never really lived up to Auster's 2017 Booker-shortlisted masterpiece "4 3 2 1".

I Am LegendI Am Legend by Richard Matheson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"I Am Legend" (1954) is a sci-fi horror novel by Richard Matheson. The 2007 Hollywood adaptation starring Will Smith as the last man alive on earth was the third for the book, with several changes - not to forget the original Caucasian protagonist and the location switch from Los Angeles to New York. That said, Matheson's dark thriller seemed years ahead of its time and may have partly inspired the zombie apocalypse genre.

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