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Mark Brown

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719073960

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719073960.001.0001

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The global metropolis

The global metropolis

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(p.160) 6 The global metropolis
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Paul Auster
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Mark Brown

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719073960.003.0006

This chapter demonstrates how Auster presents baseball and storytelling as ways of promoting community and friendship within an urban setting, and how they both provide ways for characters to reconnect to their metropolitan environment. It notes that storytelling works as a way for characters to form strong connections with supportive networks of friends, their immediate neighbourhood, and wider society. This chapter also observes that Auster's characters are better able to understand their place in the world, and can thus locate themselves more securely than his characters in his earlier fictions.

Keywords:   baseball, storytelling, community, friendship, urban setting, metropolitan environment, strong connections, supportive networks

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