City of Glass by Paul Karasik

City of Glass

Novel about a novelist named Quinn who's mistaken for a detective named Paul Auster and loses his mind and identity in the course of a meaningless case


Details City of Glass

TitleCity of Glass
ISBN9780571226337
Author
Release DateFeb 3rd, 2005
PublisherFaber & Faber
LanguageEnglish
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fiction, Mystery
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Reviews City of Glass

  • Orsodimondo
    1970-01-01
    ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOYCredo che fosse il 1991, l’anno in cui ho incontrato Paul Auster per la prima volta: La musica del caso.E fu subito amore. Amore grande: c’erano in Auster umori che in letteratura mi sembravano insoliti, fuori, e oltre, che all’epoca percepivo solo nel cinema (non per niente l’esperienza cinematografica di Auster è sostanziosa e fortunata).Città di vetro era introvabile, così come la raccolta c...
  • Kevin Kelsey
    1970-01-01
    Such a great adaptation of the Paul Auster novel. In the original City of Glass, the labyrinthine feel of the story was created through Auster's prose. In this adaptation, it's illustrated through beautifully creative visuals. It made me want to read Auster's book again, just to experience it through a new interpretive lens.
  • Scott Mccloud
    1970-01-01
    Not only a fantastic, engrossing read, but also the most teachable comic I know. My students in a recent 9 week class took a deep dive into the book and found layers of depth even I was unaware of.It's also an adaptation that's true to the original, but does much more than merely illustrate the text. It uses every tool in the comics toolbox.
  • Sam
    1970-01-01
    the original City of Glass, by paul auster, was a book that i enjoyed greatly when i first read it. i thought it was really unique, a thoughtful, stylish blend of raymond chandler, kafka, and borges. i still like it, but it hasn't aged that well for me. a lot of what i thought was playfulness now seems precious, facile. the prose is polished, but by the same token oddly eroded, flat, sanded down. often it feels like auster doesn't actually inhabi...
  • StoryTellerShannon
    1970-01-01
    This graphic novel was based on a novella by the same author and Comic Journals voted this in the top 100 for the 20th century. It's about a writer who takes on the role of his detective character to investigate a mystery but this choice sends him down a path of obsessive madness. It blurs the line between reality and fantasy and even identity as the author of this tale finds himself changing roles, stories and overall identities. The voices comi...
  • George Georgiadis
    1970-01-01
    Θα ήταν πραγματικά αδύνατον το οποιοδήποτε graphic novel να φτάσει τα βάθη και τις λογοτεχνικές κορυφές της νουβέλας του Auster. Παρ'όλα αυτά, στο συγκεκριμένο έχει γίνει εξαιρετική δουλειά τόσο στην εικονογράφηση όσο και στην προσπάθεια να κρατηθεί το ύ...
  • João Carlos
    1970-01-01
    5 Estrelas GráficasLi o romance ”A Trilogia de Nova Iorque” do escritor norte-americano Paul Auster (n. 1947) no início dos anos 90, uma obra inicialmente publicada em três partes (”Cidade de Vidro”, ”Fantasmas” e ”O Quarto Fechado”).Decorridos mais de vinte anos começo a ler ”Cidade de Vidro”, uma ”novela gráfica”, adaptada por Paul Karasik (n. 1956) e David Mazzucchelli (n. 1960), sob os auspícios de Art Spiegelman...
  • Mikheil
    1970-01-01
    Despite the fact I remembered original novel (including ending, etc.) by Paul Auster, I enjoyed having one day with this comic and think that it is worth reading. Brilliant from the very beginning to the very last page. The ideas of climbing inside an imaginary skin of someone you don’t know, chasing the ghostly footsteps of unknown man, vanishing into the heart of megalopolis seem still catchy for me. While reading I remembered the first time ...
  • Violet
    1970-01-01
    I haven't read the original book, but the story seems so unbelievable that I doubt I would enjoy it as a novel. The visuals of this graphic novel told the most interesting story, despite the loosely held together strings that are the existential plot. I didn't see the deconstruction of language in the story at all. I would describe the adaption of City of Glass (and possibly the novel itself) as Film Noir for 13 year-olds.
  • Casey McLaughlin
    1970-01-01
    Pure masturbation. Lots of build up with no closure. Lazy. Reminded me of the show "Lost", the endless questions keep you going until you realize they have given you no answers. Perfect bookshelf filler for the pseudo-intellectual.
  • Mattia Ravasi
    1970-01-01
    Video reviewHow do you move into a different medium a story that's written to remain stubbornly anchored to its native one?
  • Guilherme Smee
    1970-01-01
    Considero a adaptação do conto Cidade de Vidro, de Paul Auster, para os quadrinhos por Paul Karasik e David Mazzucchelli, o melhor trabalho de transcrição de uma outra mídia para os quadrinhos. Digo isso porque seus artífices conhecem profundamente o potencial da linguagem dos quadrinhos e isso pode ser verificado em outros quadrinhos seus, como o Asterios Polyp de David Mazzuchelli. De longe essa adaptação é que mais usa e abusa dos rec...
  • Mientras Leo
    1970-01-01
    Pocas veces me he encontrado con una adaptación tan bien llevada pese a la dificultad de la obra original. Es casi más un complemento añadido que una adaptaciónhttp://entremontonesdelibros.blogspot...
  • Chris
    1970-01-01
    Nonsensical, pretentious and pointless.
  • Andrew
    1970-01-01
    I read City of Glass about 2 years ago for my international baccalaureate, and had to analyse the heck out of it. I remember not being into graphic novels at all, but I had to read it for my international baccalaureate. The moment I started reading it, I was amazed by the setup of the story. It reminded me of this old detective movie, with a shady and gloomy setting. Then I started reading it, and I recognized a lot of old-detective aspects to th...
  • Dominick
    1970-01-01
    Interesting comics adaptation of Auster's novel is very strong on graphic design. Karasik and Mazzucchelli do some remarkable work with layout and panel design, with mixing representational and symbolic art. It's a pleasure to look at. Narratively, though, this is a highly self-conscious and post-modern take on noir. It includes the expected elements--first-person narrative, femme fatale, long-hidden secrets, etc.--but it's not really interested ...
  • Núria
    1970-01-01
    'La ciudad de cristal' es mi favorita de todas las cosas que ha escrito Paul Auster. Es también lo primero que leí de este escritor. Es la primera parte de la 'Trilogía de Nueva York' que a día de hoy me sigue pareciendo la única obra de Auster realmente conseguida. Es por esto que me animé a leer esta adaptación en forma de cómic (o novela gráfica, lo que ustedes prefieran). Una parte de mí no era muy optimista. Una parte de mí sólo ...
  • Kristen
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the most moving, weird, horrifying, heart-stopping graphic novels I've ever read, and there aren't many friends I'll be recommending it to- but I loved it.I kept singing the Fionn Regan song that says, "For the loneliness you foster/ I suggest Paul Auster," as the book deals with the themes of language, names, identity, and how we use all those things to both reveal and conceal."Things have broken apart, and our words have not adap...
  • Luis
    1970-01-01
    Se trata de una novela gráfica que relata el primer volumen de la Trilogía de Nueva York de Paul Auster, y editado por Anagrama. Con un trazo sencillo y un tanto tosco, recorre la historia desde el punto de vista de su protagonista. Aparte de seguir la trama de forma bastante fidedigna, usa recursos muy imaginativos desde el punto de vista visual para hacer hablar a sus personajes y para describir ideas abstractas y confusas que aparecen en la ...
  • Alasondro Alegré
    1970-01-01
    ★★★★ ★★★★½
  • antónio alves
    1970-01-01
    a adaptação para bd do texto de p. auster é muito boa.
  • Joni
    1970-01-01
    Adaptación de la famosa primer parte de la trilogía de New York.El escritor no se caracteriza por escribir cómics y el artista es un afamado dibujante de superhéroes.Esta adaptación expande la complejidad del libro al punto que veo difícil entenderlo sin haber leído la novela.Interesante experimento narrativo que juega con los planos y la metafísica de forma muy original.
  • Samidha Kalia
    1970-01-01
    I am aware that’s its an adaptation from the original 1972 novel of the same name. Holy hell, did I enjoy this. It was very intriguing to read. On top of that there is so much meta textuality, as Paul Auster (the author) is placed within the text as a secondary character, who also is a writer.There were so many beautiful panels, my favourite being the finger print and the language ones. I really enjoyed this so much.
  • Koen Verbrugge
    1970-01-01
    Vreemd & bevreemdend. Dat is het verhaal. Het verhaal van Paul Auster, maar ook deze ambitieuze graphic novel versie.Dit boek is ambitieus, omdat niet rust op letterlijke illustraties van het verhaal. De tekenaar ondersteunt de tekst met visuele verhalen die op zichzelf kunnen staan.Dat merk je. Zo blijken passages met zeer statische 'vertellers', plots scènes vol visuele choreografie te ontlokken, met - wss - dezelfde ondertoon.Ik kreeg meermaa...
  • Lucinda
    1970-01-01
    A mystery about a mystery which experiments with irony, identity and reality for an altogether unique reading experience. Paul Auster cleverly combines contemporary detective fiction with nouveau roman and American ‘postmodernism’ –for a supremely singular story of philosophical premise and impaction. As the main protagonist descends into madness, being able to see clarity amidst the congested cityscape is imperative if one is to find thems...
  • Penelope
    1970-01-01
    I thought this was a pretty amazing graphic novel, and I definitely plan on reading the original City of Glass next. Concepts of identity, the role of the author in creating meaning, and the blurred line between fiction and reality are all present here, and explored in quite an intriguing way. I don't know how I felt about the ending, though. Maybe I just haven't thought about it enough, but it seemed too open-ended to me. In a way it makes sense...
  • Emilio
    1970-01-01
    ¿Lo he leído antes?Me encanta Paul Auster (y este me lo ha recordado) y creo que la historia la conocía o es ya un cliché porque me sonaba durante todo el rato. Incluso los diálogos.Una buena historia, muy bien narrada. Los típicos altibajos en el ritmo según el ánimo del protagonista se agradecen porque te sumergen en la historia. Cuando lo terminas piensas: Y si... pues sería otro libro diferente. Este es sobre la locura, la propia y l...
  • Ill D
    1970-01-01
    Fucking stupid.It's nothing short of a cute and novel expiriment that doesn't really go anywhere. My disapointment with this graphic novel was sorely exacerbated once I found out Spiegelman was the creative overseer and he did nothing to focus the narrative which is presented way too piecemeal and cut up for a normal reader to understand littleone enjoy.
  • Jeff Jackson
    1970-01-01
    The rare adaptation that exceeds its source material. A doubly impressive feat since it's based on Paul Auster's best novel. With its deft ink strokes and airtight plot, this brilliant graphic perfectly captures and distills the original existential detective story. One of the great graphic novels and a perfect introduction to the fictional world of Paul Auster, too.
  • Bine
    1970-01-01
    Eine sehr eindringliche Geschichte mit viel Interpretationsspielraum. Kann man sich lange über das Lesen hinaus auf jeden Fall mit beschäftigen. Gerade die Adaption ist sehr interessant. Freue mich darauf, im Seminar mehr darüber zu erfahren.
  • Dennis Jacob Rosenfeld
    1970-01-01
    I was a young teenager when I first read the New York Trilogy and it blew my mind. Since then it has come to symbolize a certain period in my life. For this reason I have been cautious of this comic book version of City of Glass. When a friend send me a copy I decided to give it a shot. Boy am I sorry that I waited so long. This is absolutely brilliant. The book manages to keep the essence of the story while adding abstract imagery that complimen...
  • Alexander Lisovsky
    1970-01-01
    Графическая адаптация кафкианского нуарного триллера Пола Остера "Стеклянный город". Писатель классических криминальных романов, мысленно сросшийся со своим героем, отвечает на случайный телефонный звонок от девушки, умоляющей некоего частно...
  • Diana
    1970-01-01
    ¡No creía que me iba a gustar tanto! Pero sí me gustó a pesar de que el estilo de Paul Auster no es uno de mis estilos favoritos. ¡De verdad que me impresionó!  
  • Joana Veríssimo
    1970-01-01
    This book surprised me!! The story wasn't my favorite thing - if I had read the novel that inspired this graphic novel, the rating probably wouldn't be this high... but the story was done so well in graphic novel formatThe way art was used to tell a story, to (I suspect) show the rhythm of the writing, the visual and metaphors that probably existed in the novel... I just can't express how well art was used in this - it was done in a way I had nev...
  • Álex
    1970-01-01
    Metametametaliteratura. Perdón, metanovela gráfica.
  • Alexandra Wall
    1970-01-01
    This graphic novel is a fun read, playing with the notion of identity and language being intertwined; the main character takes on other imagined personas simply by changing his name. Common to the original author, Paul Auster, City of Glass uses the premise of a classic detective story; the noir aesthetic is intriguing but could be expanded upon in its graphic novel format, practically begging for more illustrious artwork to enhance the meaning o...
  • Jace
    1970-01-01
    I was a little surprised to see this on the "Graphic Novel" bookcase at the library--because I'm still not convinced it needed to be re-writeen in comic form--but as thin as it is, I decided to check it out. I liked Auster's original City of Glass, but looking back that may have been because I was reading it for a class on Post-Modernism and was going to have to discuss it for 3 weeks anyway so I figured I might as well try and enjoy it. This boo...
  • Ariya
    1970-01-01
    City of Glass or The New Babel is a pain in the ass for anyone who wants to find some meanings in life. The story is about a crime fiction writer accidentally receives a random phone call from a woman, having mistaken himself as another person named Paul Auster (a.k.a. the writer of this novel!?), to do the mysterious case with strange people involved. I can't say anything about the sub-sequential events after that. For me, it could be read like ...
  • Bob Redmond
    1970-01-01
    Auster's first novel proves exponentially more risky and rewarding than almost anything he's written since. A tightly-wound postmodern detective story, its subject is language itself.In short, a wrong number leads to writer Daniel Quinn taking on a case as a private eye. The subject of his investigation is a doddering old man who has threatened to kill his son. The old man, Peter Stillman, Sr., is a philosopher, and impresses Quinn to the point w...
  • Artur Coelho
    1970-01-01
    Um solitário escritor de inconsequentes romances policiais recebe uma chamada a meio da noite, a pedir-lhe para investigar um caso policial. Envolvido numa trama de meias palavras e labirintos conceptuais, o escritor acaba por desvanecer-se nas ruas da cidade, deixando um caderninho cheio de notas que nos permite reconstituir a sua queda no esquecimento.Se olharmos para as profundezas de um texto, descobrimos sempre cadas vez mais níveis de com...
  • Gitte - Bookworm's Closet
    1970-01-01
    There was nothing he could do now that would not be a mistake. The Beginning: It was a wrong number that started it …I read Paul Auster’s City of Glass about 10 years ago and loved it! It’s the story about an author whose life has come to a halt after losing his wife and son in an accident. A series of weird phone calls asking for Paul Auster awakens him slightly, and suddenly he finds himself ensnarled in an investigation. He becomes so ...
  • Tiffany
    1970-01-01
    Wow. Simply put, this book was mind-blowing. There are so many parallels and symbols in this graphic novel that it becomes hard to keep track of them all. Even when you attempt to write down all of the novel's themes, it's difficult to see where one starts and another ends. They're all interrelated in some way; together, they form some philosophical remark about life (I haven't exactly deciphered the novel yet--I just finished it today) and kind ...
  • Em León
    1970-01-01
    "Todo empezó con un número equivocado"Así es como arranca el universo que #PaulAuster te plantea.Quinn, bajo el seudónimo de William Wilson escribia novelas policíacas, un día recibe una llamada de auxilio donde suponían que él era un detective, la trama inicia cuando Quinn decide fingir ser dicho detective.La historia es un tumulto de eventos fortuitos, el juego de identidades me confundió un poco al inicio, pero luego caí de que es lo...
  • Meran
    1970-01-01
    I've not read the prose edition of this novel, so I can't fairly compare them to each other.The story itself is a puzzle.. Who is Paul Auster? Why does Peter Stillman (Jr) phone him repeatedly? Where did Peter get Daniel's number? When Peter Sr turns up in the City, Peter sees a younger version peel off of him... why does Peter follow the older version and where did the younger one go? Why does Peter Jr's wife truly act as she does? These are all...
  • Aryeh
    1970-01-01
    This is quite possibly a perfect example of how a graphic novel can tell a different (and in my opinion better in this case) story than the original work by introducing pictures to the words. In this first illustrated book of Paul Auster's New York trilogy (mid 1980s noir mystery series), Auster himself becomes a character in his own book via illustrator adaptation. Running the gamut of common noir novel character types, the reader is introduced ...