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In the essay Portrait of an Invisible Man by Paul Auster he writes about his recently deceased father A father he did not know very well one who he endlessly searched for throughout his life yet seemed to always find himself going into circles and each time he thought he would figure out a piece of his father that he thought he knew other things would just appear and disclaim it Through no of his own Auster was deprived of his fathers focus and affection The story which Auster paints of his father is quite peculiar and confusing at times nevertheless very understandable Auster begins by describing how he has been affected by his father death and defines his reasons in detail He explains how he felt no loss and not a whole lot of sadness somewhat because he was prepared that it was going to happen someday otherwise manly because of the way his father was and how he treated everyone From very early on Austers father played a huge role in his life mostly due to the fact that he had gotten close to none if any attention from him Attention Auster deeply yearned for He never understood why his father acted the way he did towards him why he was so cold Although Auster explains his father- the man himself and his purposes for liking and disliking him as much as he did he also illustrates in detail life growing up with him Auster detested his father very much as a boy and as he got older mostly until his death then all the pieces seem to fall into place Austers essay contains many forms of knowledge about his own life and greater significance about his father and he had lived and grown up Throughout Auster continuously contradicts himself yet makes absolute sense An example of this would be when he says For ten days I went through his things cleared
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