A Walking Spell: Litkicks Mystery Spot #6

Polls and Questions

These city blocks may not appear exceptional to you, but they had a very specific and urgent meaning to a character in a famous modern novel. This character walked these streets every day, secretly observed by another character. Gradually, the meaning of these walks crystallized. Where are these streets, and what is the name of the novel?

As always, a few clues to the mystery:

1. For the first time in the Litkicks Mystery Spot series, this is a work by a living author. It's a very popular book, though more of a cult favorite than a bestseller. I've often cited it as one of my favorite current books.

2. The novel is a "genre-bender", mixing the conventions of noir/crime fiction with a shattering, bleak literary plot.

3. One of the two characters mentioned above is clearly insane. The other character probably is too.

Please post your answer to the question by posting a comment. As always, I will not publish any comments until I reveal the correct answer tomorrow, so as to avoid giving away the answer.

UPDATE: once again, many of you answered correctly, and a full answer/explanation has been posted here.

This article is part of the series Litkicks Mystery Spot. The next post in the series is Linguists Gone Mad: Paul Auster's Upper West Side. The previous post in the series is La Mancha, Espana: Where Cervantes' Knight Roamed.
12 Responses to "A Walking Spell: Litkicks Mystery Spot #6"

by Sasha on

Hm. THE NEW YORK TRILOGY, by Paul Auster -- in particular, "City of Glass." [?]

by T on

Definitely the Upper West Side of New York...so City of Glass.

by LoganR on

I'm taking a stab in the dark but is it The tracing of "babel" from City of Glass by Auster?

by Skip on

Hmmmm. City of Glass by Paul Auster?

by TKG on

My guess is New York City and City of Glass

by E. Tamar Katz on

The streets are on the upper west side, walked by the character of Peter Stillman, Sr.--who is being followed by Daniel Quinn-- in Paul Auster's City of Glass. Traced on a map, his path spells out the word... unfortunately I can't remember the word.

The graphic novel adaptation is great too.

by Levi Asher on

Good answers so far -- please keep them coming! Will post all responses and the answer tomorrow (Tuesday) night ...

Paul Auster's City of Glass!

by Iain Matheson on

The novel's Auster's _City of Glass_ - right? of the New York trilogy. You're referring to Stillman's walks in the area bound on one side by the Hudson River and on the other by Amsterdam Avenue, as tracked by Daniel Quinn.

City of Glass by Paul Auster?

It's Riverside Park in New York City. The book is 'City of Glass' by Paul Auster.

But I cheated. I've never read this book or another by Auster. I deduced the answer from 'Riverside Park,' 'noir,' and 'novel.' The only thing I recognized was the park because I used to live right next to it on 105th Street!

But now I really want to read that book! It sounds brilliant.

by Michael Shaw on

I believe you're talking about Paul Auster's wonderful, "City of Glass." Which means the streets would be on the Upper West Side.

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