The narrator of Moon Palace by Paul Auster is a man by the name of Marco Stanley Fogg. He is writing about events from his life as much as twenty years after they happened. He begins at the beginning, filling us in about details from his upbringing. His mother died when he was only a boy, and he never knew his father. Marco was raised by his Uncle Victor, who sadly passed away when Marco was in college.
Marco soon falls on hard times. Running out of money, he loses his apartment and ends up living in Central Park, New York. Thankfully, his life is saved by the good graces of his former roommate Zimmer and a young woman called Kitty Wu, who becomes his lover. Marco goes to live with Zimmer and is soon able to get his life back on track. Even so, he's not completely recovered, and his physical and mental exhaustion render him unfit for military service in Vietnam.
Marco finds employment caring for an old man in a wheelchair called Thomas Effing. Effing wants Marco to write his obituary for...
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