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Portrait of an invisible man by Paul Auster is a very complex yet interesting piece of writing This is a piece in which the author looks back at the past and reflects on the experiences in which he has seen and dealt with concerning his father Sam In a sense he is examining the life and death of Sam Auster Auster describes his father as a tourist of his own life He was a man that had no emotion and an overall nonchalant attitude towards the world At first Auster is writing this piece to put closure on the life of his father Or in fact to settle something that their relationship had not It was unfortunate but this was not possible and Auster narrates There has been a wound and I realize now that it is very deep Instead of healing me as I thought it would the act of writing has kept this wound open p71 The sudden death of Sam helps him to return to the memories of his father and come to terms that he was a lonely invisible man His father did not smoke he did not drink 59 and was desire less He never felt the need to indulge or to feel Auster explains this point by saying you felt that nothing could ever intrude on him he had no need of anything the world had to offer 59 His father was a recluse and isolated himself from the outside world By writing this piece Auster does not achieve closure but realizes that his father was not only invisible to the world but he was most likely invisible to himself 52 The memories of Austers father are not set in any specific chronological order One reason for this is that memories are simply not always in order they tend to come back to people in a haphazard manner The detail skips around but is set in a particular style
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