On the Road to Nowhere
Chapter Six: "The end is only imaginary": Moon Palace and In the Country of Last Things 137
CHAPTER SIX "The end is only imaginary": Moon Palace and In the Country of Last Things The quest for the father, which constitutes the theme and the narrative kernel of The Invention of Solitude, informs the three books of the Trilogy in its symbolic form, as the quest for logos. Leviathan may be read as an alternative version of the last section of the Trilogy, The Locked Room. But Leviathan also evokes another earlier work, Moon Palace, through the metaphor that interlaces the two novels, "a complex dance of guilt and desire," the feelings of guilt and desire coloring the quest for the father in the latter novel. In the city of glass of Auster's fictional world, the first part of Moon Palace mirrors a central motif of an earlier novel, In the Country of Last Things. The present chapter of my study will focus on the unifYing theme of these two novels-the motif of the perpetually deferred quest. Part One: Moon Palace Moon Palace closes with Fogg's journey to the end of the continent; it begins with his journey to the end of the self. "I wanted to live dangerously," retrospects Fogg, "to push myself as far as I could go and then see what happened to me when I got there" (p. 1 ). Grief-stricken over the death of his uncle and threatened by his dwindling financial resources, Fogg embarks on a gradual process of self-denudation, of stripping away to the bare core of selthood. He stops working; divests...
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