This is a completely different novel than [b:City of Glass|432|City of Glass (The New York Trilogy, #1)|Paul Auster|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1309986722s/432.jpg|2434710]
, but it follows similar themes. Once again, this is at its heart a detective story with a postmodern twist. However, unlike the first book in the New York Trilogy
--where the surreal and uneasy feeling grows gradually--in this installment, it's immediate from the first page that this is going to be a playful, unique novel when we're introduced to the characters who all have color names. (I briefly wondered if this might be an inspiration for the film Reservoir Dogs
, but that's really the only thing the two have in common.)
There's also an emphasis on writers, here, and writing itself as an art is a big theme throughout the narrative. I feel like the themes here aren't as obvious as in the first story, though, and the story is more vague and open to interpretation. I may not have gotten it all, but I definitely enjoyed the reading experience.