This work is actually a collection of three different stories called “City of Glass,” “Ghosts,” and “The Locked Room.” However, upon finishing the work, it becomes rather obvious why they are all collected into one volume.
Let me say this from the outset: If you are a person who very much needs clear closure, this book is not for you. I don’t want to get too much into the nuances of the work for fear of spoiling certain elements for a first time reader, but let’s just say that this is as much an experimental exploration of theme as it is anything.
There were times when I was quite certain that Auster had absolutely no idea what he was doing and where he was going with these stories, and there were other times when I thought I must have been reading the work of a certifiable genius. I believe that was exactly Auster’s purpose after having finished reading The New York Trilogy.
What else can I say? If you’re a reader open to experimental craft, you will love this work; if you’re a reader who needs a definite A to Z plot, I’d pass on this if I were you. Frustrated as this book sometimes made me, it was never boring, and it made me think harder than many books I’ve read of late. I believe I’m a better writer (and reader) for having experienced it.