The Music of Chance

By Paul Auster

Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, The song of Chance follows Jim Nashe who, after squandering an unforeseen inheritance, alternatives up a tender gambler named Jack Pozzi hoping to con millionaires. but if their plans backfire, Jim and Jack are indentured by means of their elusive marks and are pressured to construct a meaningless wall with bricks amassed from ruins of an Irish citadel. Time passes, their accounts mount, and anger builds because the fight to dig themselves out in their Kafkaesque serfdom.

New York Times-bestselling writer Paul Auster (The long island Trilogy) brings us again into his unusual, shape-shifting global of fiendish offers and punitive whims, the place likelihood is a robust but unpredictable strength.

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It soothed him to take pleasure in those histrionics of grief, to sink to the depths of a lurid, imponderable disappointment, yet even after he stuck carry of himself and commenced to regulate to his solitude, he by no means totally recovered from Pozzi’s absence, and he went on mourning the child as if part of himself have been misplaced ceaselessly. His household exercises grew to become dry and meaningless, a mechanical drudgery of getting ready nutrition and shoveling it into his mouth, of constructing issues soiled and cleansing them up, the clockwork of animal capabilities. He attempted to fill the vacancy by way of studying books, remembering how a lot excitement they'd given him at the highway, yet he came upon it tough to pay attention now, and no might he start to learn the phrases at the web page than his head may swarm with photos from his earlier: a day he had spent in Minnesota 5 months in the past, blowing bubbles with Juliette within the yard; gazing his buddy Bobby Turnbull fall via a burning flooring in Boston; the proper phrases he had spoken to Thérèse while he requested her to marry him; his mother’s face while he walked into the sanatorium room in Florida for the 1st time after her stroke; Donna leaping up and down as a cheerleader in highschool. He didn’t are looking to take into accout any of these items, yet with out the tales within the books to take him clear of himself, the thoughts stored pouring via him no matter if he cherished it or now not. He persisted those attacks each evening for just about per week, after which, no longer understanding what else to do, he broke down one morning and requested Murks if he can have a piano. No, it didn’t must be a true piano, he stated, he simply wanted anything to maintain himself busy, a distraction to regular his nerves. “I can comprehend that,” Murks acknowledged, attempting to sound sympathetic. “It needs to get lonely out the following all on your own. I suggest, the child had a few extraordinary methods approximately him, yet no less than he used to be corporation. It’ll expense you, notwithstanding. no longer that you just don’t comprehend that already. ” “I don’t care,” Nashe acknowledged. “I’m now not inquiring for a true piano. It can’t come to that a lot. ” “First time I ever heard of a piano that’s now not a piano. what sort of tool are we speaking approximately? ” “An digital keyboard. you recognize, a type of transportable stuff you plug right into a socket within the wall. It comes with audio system and humorous little plastic keys. You’ve most likely noticeable them round available to buy. ” “I can’t say that i've got. yet that don’t suggest not anything. you simply inform me what you will want, Nashe, and I’ll see that you simply get it. ” thankfully, he nonetheless had his books of track, and there has been no scarcity of fabric for him to play. as soon as he had bought his piano, there had appeared little cause to carry onto them, yet he hadn’t been capable of throw them out, and they had spent the entire 12 months touring round within the trunk of his vehicle. there have been a couple of dozen books in all: decisions from quite a few composers (Bach, Couperin, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok, Satie), a number of Czerny workout books, and a fats quantity of well known jazz and blues numbers transcribed for piano. Murks confirmed up with the device the subsequent night, and even though it used to be a extraordinary and ridiculous piece of technology—scarcely greater than a toy, in fact—Nashe fortunately got rid of the article from its field and set it up at the kitchen desk.

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