Mr. Vertigo

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Penguin Books, 1995 - Fiction - 293 pages
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Paul Auster, the New York Times-bestselling author of The New York Trilogy presents a dazzling, picaresque novel set in the late 1920s – the era of Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone. Walter Claireborne Rawley, renowned nationwide as "Walt the Wonder Boy," is a Saint Louis orphan rescued from the streets by a mysterious Hungarian Jew, Master Yehudi, who teaches Walt to walk on air. Master Yehudi brings Walt into a Kansas circus troupe consisting of Mother Sioux and Aesop, a young black genius. The vaudeville act takes them across a vast and vibrant country, through mythic Americana where they meet and fall prey to sinners, thieves, and villains, from the Kansas Ku Klux Klan to the Chicago mob. Walt's rise to fame and fortune mirrors America's own coming of age, and his resilience, like that of the nation, is challenged over and over and over again.

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User Review  - BooksForDinner - LibraryThing

Very nice job... Auster is always good for the fantastic/absurd. I particularly liked how the narrator's voice changed as he grew up... He matured but never lost that rough, uneducated edge despite all that he had learned and experienced. Fun stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - JamesMScott - LibraryThing

A sprightly told tale of Walter C. Rawley, aka "Wonder Boy", who as a wisp of a kid is whisked off the streets of St Louis by the mysterious Master Yehudi, who has great things in mind. Smart beyond ... Read full review

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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of The New York Trilogy and many other critically acclaimed novels. He was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in 2006. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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